From the Ashes Top 100 Giveaway!
Update: FtA is now live on B&N, so now you can win if we hit the top 100 on Amazon or B&N. 'cause I know some of you just love your Nooky. (Like me. ~hugs Nook Color~)
Want to win a $500 or $250 Visa gift card, a full manuscript crit, or free books? Read on to find out how - and why.
Okay, so I totally suck at this promo shit. But I kind of have a point to make. And it's kind of important to me. So I'm going to flail and fumble, and you're going to listen, and then you're gonna pat me on the head, tell me I'm crazy, ogle my pretty cover, and wander off. Sound like a deal?
Great. Let's do this.
So I'll be honest: I never meant to write LGBT fiction. Tobias just happened to like men - and happened to like Sean. So. You know. Hot man-lovin's happened and that kind of thing, in between the whole "destroy the world" and "rarrrgh I have angst" stuff. I'm hugely into genre fiction, especially science fiction, cyberpunk, dystopian, etc. And comics. So hey, if Tony Stark was gay (please God let him turn out to be gay) he'd still be a total billionaire playboy, right? So the fact that some of my characters happen to be gay is no different from the fact that some of them happen to be straight, bisexual, trans, Japanese, Irish, Hispanic, or half-African American / half-Thai (I'm looking at you, Tobias). Oh. And don't forget the hermaphroditic fish people. I mean, they get really mad. And I say "so" a lot.
That's the way it should be, if you ask me. I mean the whole "what? Gay? Okay, so what, what's the story about?" thing, not the fish people. Genre fiction that happens to have LGBT characters or characters of color shouldn't suddenly be slotted into a niche market, good only for people with special interests. These books should stand on even footing with other genre fiction books with heterosexual Caucasian characters, judged on their story and not on which subcategory their characters fall into - but how often do you see genre fiction books with LGBT characters in the top-ranking lists unless the books are more about about being gay than anything else?
And seriously, I wish there had been more coming out stories when I was growing up, but by now, well...hey. We're out of the closet. Now let's talk about what the hell we do while we're dragging our rainbow asses down the street. We're all up in your Kool-Aid. We're part of your everyday lives. We're not going anywhere, sugarbuns, and we do things other than your hair(stylist).
Snark aside, this matters a lot to me, to see LGBT and PoC fiction normalized rather than marginalized...and to show people who feel they can't relate to LGBT and PoC characters that they can identify with them. With us. Whether it's with our stories, our struggles, or our personal development, common experience is common experience. So with that in mind, to celebrate the release of my debut novel I'd like your help with a massive undertaking:
Let's get From the Ashes into the top 100 on Amazon or B&N by October 31st, 2012!
Not the top 100 in Gay & Lesbian books. Not the top 100 in Multicultural Romance. The top 100 in all of Amazon. (or B&N.) With your help, we can do that . Because there's like, money and shit. I'm giving away stuff. You know, to say thanks if we pull this off. And if we make it, one person will win a $500 Visa gift card, usable at any retailer that accepts Visa, while a second person will win a $250 Visa gift card. A third winner will receive either a full manuscript critique or a copy of each book in the Entangled Flirt and Ever After catalogs. I can say from first-hand experience that those books damned well rock, and not just because I edited half of them. (Are my authors watching? Did they put the pitchforks down?)
Here's how it works:
- Enter your name and email address* in the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of this post. That's all you need to do to win, but to help spread the word...
- Post the contest to Twitter, your blog, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. and add the book to GoodReads. There's also a whole row of little social media buttons at the bottom of this post, so use at your discretion. If you read the book and liked it, leave (honest) reviews on Amazon, B&N, and GoodReads. Anything to get the word out, make people aware of the contest, and (with luck) generate interest in the book; both reviews and purchases help raise the rankings, but to keep things on the up-and-up only leave a positive review if you actually bought and enjoyed the book. No sock-puppeting or fake reviews; let's do this legitimately or Zardoz will find you and there'll be seeds and you just don't want none of that shit. Below you'll find code for easy copy-paste badges and links, and Twitter text with the hashtag and links. These things aren't a mandatory requirement for entering, but they'll help us spread awareness and give FtA another push in the right direction for someone to win.
- If, at any time between now and October 31st, the FtA Amazon Best Sellers Rank or the B&N sales rank hits between 1 and 100, I'll draw three winners at random from Rafflecopter; the first winner will get a $500 Visa gift card in either digital or physical format; the second will get a $250 Visa gift card in digital or physical format (format is your choice, if you win); the third will win a full critique of their manuscript or the free ebook package, depending on the winner's preference.
- If the rank jumps as high as between 1 and 50, I'll add another winner with a $100 Visa gift card, throw in a few more crits, and give away some FtA swag!
To tweet / FB:
I got peanut butter in your chocolate *and* superhero man-lovin's in your sci-fi. And there's, like, money and shit. http://bit.ly/Rrh3su #FtA
Or you could even use:
A badge for your blog, website, etc:
Win $500 or $250 Visa Gift Cards or a manuscript crit if From the Ashes reaches the Amazon or B&N top 100!
Because gay in your sci-fi is like peanut butter in your chocolate. It's too good to put down.
Contest Rules / Entry Page | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N | Add to GoodReads
The code (just copy/paste into the HTML editor of your blog posting utility/page):
<center><a href="http://kowloonbynight.com/2012/09/09/from-the-ashes-top-100-giveaway/" target="_blank"><img style="background: none transparent scroll repeat 0% 0%; border: 0px;" src="http://kowloonbynight.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/FtA-badge.png" alt="" width="500" height="212" border="0" /></a>
<br><strong>Win $500 or $250 Visa Gift Cards or a manuscript crit if <em>From the Ashes</em> reaches the Amazon or B&N top 100!</strong>
<br><strong>Because gay in your sci-fi is like peanut butter in your chocolate. It's too good to put down.</strong></br>
<br><a href="http://kowloonbynight.com/2012/09/09/from-the-ashes-top-100-giveaway/" target="_blank">Contest Rules / Entry Page</a> | <a href="http://www.amazon.com/From-Ashes-Fires-Redemption-ebook/dp/B0097BLJGC/ref=dp_return_1?ie=UTF8&n=133140011&s=digital-text" target="_blank">Buy on Amazon</a> | <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/from-the-ashes-adrien-luc-sanders/1112807301?ean=2940015456653" target="_blank">Buy on B&N</a> | <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15995837.From_the_Ashes__Fires_of_Redemption___1_" target="_blank">Add to GoodReads</a></center>
Let's see how far we can take this! Jesus, how many exclamation points did I use in this post?
*Your email address will only be used to contact you if you win. You will not be added to any mailing lists or newsletters, and your information will remain private. Because I know I'd shank a bitch who did that newsletter crap without my permission.
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