Monday, July 6, 2015

Lessons from the Fandom: 4 Reasons Every Writer Should Be on Tumblr + Step by Step Instructions

I'm really not much of a fangirl,
but thought this was cute. :D (Source)
Not long ago--the beginning of May, actually--I started a fan account for a TV show I love. (Bet some of you can guess which one. :D) I did it for a couple of reasons. 1) Because I like the show and thought it would be fun 2) I wanted to experiment with some marketing techniques and learn some social networks I wasn't already on, and I thought this would be a good way to do so without making too many mistakes concerning my own writing.

So, now I'll be don't a series called Lessons from the Fandom. Just little tips and tricks I've learned from this experience.

Today I'm going to talk about Tumblr. I've never been on Tumblr before, at least not to post my own stuff. I've searched it before for gifs and things, but even that's been fairly limited. It's just not my social media network of choice. 

Well, that's changing now. For the last couple of months, I've gotten to know Tumblr, and it's one of my new favorite platforms. I've come to conclusion that every writer should be on Tumblr!!!


1) It can greatly increase your audience. - It's yet another social network to connect with people on and the audience is very active. It's easy to spread your influence there and network with others.

2) It doesn't take ANY extra work on your part. - I've literally just copied and pasted. If you're already creating blogposts, pictures (i.e. facebook or pinterest) or just about any other kind of post, you can simply upload it to Tumblr in exactly the same format. (Of course you can change it if you want.) But you don't have to necessarily do yet another post to be on Tumblr. Just use the work you've already done anyway. 

3) Hashtags translate to a VERY targeted audience. - Tumblr probably makes the best use of hashtags of any social network I've been on. I know this because when I started out with my fan account, I had like 5 followers, but dozens of people were finding and either liking or reblogging my stuff every single day. That's because people on Tumblr are awesome at searching with hashtags. And that means the people who find your stuff will be exactly the audience you're looking for. It's awesome! Plus that naturally grows your following because people who regularly find your stuff through searches inevitably end up following you. 

4) It's fun! Yet another network to have fun on. It's so great to see people like, comment, and reblog your stuff. I know it makes me unreasonably happy. :D

So, what's next?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Botanist Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!!!

So today I'm beginning my epic giveaway for The Botanist. But this won't be like most giveaways. You can only qualify for seven entries total. And to get them, there are only two things you can do. You won't be commenting or following me on any of my social networking platforms (unless you want to of course, but it won't affect your entries).

So here's how it works. I'm giving away a Kindle Fire HD. The lucky winner should receive it just in time for Christmas. (Yea!) This giveaway is going to go all the way until November, which is a long time for a giveaway, but it's got to be that way to give people time. Here's why: The only way to gain entries to this giveaway is by reviewing The Botanist. So of course, I need to give people time to read the book and write the review.

Most people who enter bookish giveaways are avid readers to begin with. If you're reading anyway, you might as well give yourself the chance to win a Kindle Fire while you do it, right?

But that may not even be all of it! I MAY be giving away more prizes, just depending on the number of reviews I get. 


  • I'd love to get a thousand reviews. For a thousand or less, I'll just be giving away the Kindle Fire HD. 
  • For every 100 reviews over 1000 that I get, I'll also give away a $25 Amazon gift card. So, if I get 1100 reviews, I'll give away the Kindle Fire + one gift card. If I get 1200 reviews, I'll give away the Kindle Fire + two gift cards, etc. 
  • And IF--one can only hope--I get 2000 reviews, I'll give away a second Kindle Fire. So spreading the word for more entries will bring more prizes and more chances to win! Just sayin'. :D

So, hop on over to Amazon, or your favorite book retailer, grab a copy of The Botanist, and then enter for your chance to win!

I'd also love help spreading the word. To that end, I've embedded some tweets below. (Sharing is caring! :D) 

So, enter below, have fun, and happy reading!

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Early reviews for The Botanist:

"I had no clue who the killer was and loved how the book ended. It was so easy to get sucked in...I had to forcibly put it down or I was going to read through the first book by LK Hill but it won’t be my last." --Amazon Customer 
"The serial killer is incredibly creepy and the buildup to the final climax of the story keeps you on the edge of your seat."--Scott (Amazon Customer) 
 "I do not recommend reading this after dark. It is very creepy, and terrifying...There’s a touch of romance here, a bright spot amid a cave of horrors."--Ramblings on Readings 
"I don't usually enjoy creepy books, but got drawn into this one quickly and literally stayed up all night to see how it ended!"--Annette Stacy (Amazon Customer)
Retweet below if you feel so inclined! :D