Monday, February 3, 2014

CALLING ALL AUTHORS: FREE AUTHOR PROMOTION!







It's time to start getting ready for my annual FREE AUTHOR PROMOTION booth at my city's Children's Festival of Reading.

WHAT??

You say you don't know what I'm talking about?

Well, this festival is only the biggest book event in the southeast with over 15,000 people attending every year and I'M a part of it! The Children's Festival of Reading happens in my city every May and you can read more about  here... 


Three years ago I decided to help give back to this wonderful writing community by offering a FREE PROMOTION event to any author...traditional, self, indie, digital...who wanted to send me autographed books and swag items (bookmarks, tshirts, hats, posters, etc) to be included in my FREE giveaways. Last year my event became an international one when authors from as far away as England and Australia wanted to be included.

Two years ago I received 350 autographed items to give away. Last year I had 1000 autographed items to give away. I can't wait to see what happens THIS year! I know there are many of you who have books coming out this year. There are others who already have numerous published books. Who in their right mind would pass up the chance for FREE PROMOTIONS of their books?

NOT YOU!!

My booth sits in the middle of all that traffic you see above where THOUSANDS of potential readers can learn about your books. I also put out flyers, send articles to the local papers, create posters, post on all my platforms, and generally let the world know about your wonderful books. Participating authors will also get the chance to be spotlighted on my blog's weekly BOOK NOOK REVIEWS where my readers from over 20 countries will learn about your work!

Any author interested in donating an autographed item or finding out more about the Children's Festival of Reading, promoting Children's Literacy and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, can drop me a line at donasdays (at) gmail (dot) com or leave me a comment  here and I'll get in touch.

People have thanked me over the years for hosting this FREE PROMOTION event but it is I who need to thank YOU for all the wonderful stories you tell. YOU are the true heros who help children every day to realize MAGIC still lives within the pages of a good book...




28 comments:

  1. Awesome, Donna! My first PB comes out in September. I would love to be involved with this event if you have a booth again next year :)

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    1. I can't wait to see your books Lori!

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    2. Hi Lori! There might still be ways you can participate...I will send you a private message with the details of how you could join the fun THIS year as well! ;~)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this event with us. I'm right next door in Asheville, NC! Maybe one year, I could JOIN you!

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    1. Hi Christie! It certainly keeps me on my toes...;~)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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  3. I have a self published Picture Book I would like to send.

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    1. Hi Guinea and welcome to my blog! If you would include your email address, I can send you more information on how to participate in this event. I would love to be able to help promote your work!

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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    1. Hi Genevieve! I will send you an email with the information where to send your autographed items.

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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  5. hi donna,
    i would definitely like to participate!
    ~ belinda brock

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    1. Hi Belinda! I just sent you a Facebook message about this event...

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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  6. Now that is giving back! How awesome. How do we get stuff to you?

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    1. Hi Alex! l just sent you a private message with more information. I would love to be able to promote your work!

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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  7. I'm in (again!)!!! :D And, this time, I have... BOOKS!!! With my name on the cover! WOO!!!

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    1. Hi Erik! I just sent you a Facebook message with more information. I'm excited to help promote your book!

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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  8. Hello, Donna, from another Donna! My name is Donna Frisinger from Rochester, Indiana, author of a new award-winning picture book. Bink and Slinky's Ark Adventure is the story of two groovy snails trying to find Noah's Ark before the "Great Falling" begins. It released with Standard Publishing last April and since then it's won a gold medallion MOM'S CHOICE AWARD and two first places in the 2013 Children's Literary Classics Competition: "Best First Picture Book" and "Best Faith-Based Book." I'd love to participate in your Children's Festival of Reading and would love to have a spotlight on your blog. You can check out the book at http://donnafrisinger.com/ Please let me know the next step I should take to get you the free book.

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    1. Hi Donna and welcome to my blog! I just sent you a Facebook message with more information...

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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  9. Donna, that's fantastic! What a super tradition. I wish I lived nearer. I would love to send you a book.

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    1. Hi Catherine! I just sent you a Facebook message with more information. It's completely up to you but I've had authors sending me things from as far away as England and Australia. If you aren't able to send an actual book, maybe you would like to autograph some bookmarks or postcards? I would love to be able to help promote your work if I could!

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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  10. Love your generous offer, Donna! One of these days, i hope to attend the fair. I won't have anything ready this time, but hope to by next year.

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    1. Hi Romelle! YOUR bookmarks with the gummy lizards were a HIT at my booth! I just sent you a Facebook message. If you wanted to do something like that again or simply send autographed bookmarks I would love to help promote your work...

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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  11. Such a great event, Donna, and you are wonderful to give it your all as you do every year. You can count on me to participate if that helps!

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    1. Hi Susanna! Of course I would be THRILLED to help promote your books! The kids go crazy over your board books...;~)...while others love Phyllis. Anything you want to send would be greatly appreciated! I just sent you a Facebook message with more information....

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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  12. This is awesome--thank you! I'd love a bit more info on how to join in :)

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    1. Hi Meradeth and welcome to my blog! I just sent you a Facebook message explaining more about my event. I would LOVE to be able to promote your books!

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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  13. Hi Donna! This Kid Erikshared this event with us. My daughter also has a book and would like to participate. You can reach us at stanleyandkatrina (at) gmail (dot) com. What a fantastic opportunity. Looking forward to following your blog, too!
    Cool Mom
    for The Stanley & Katrina Gang

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  14. Hi Christine and welcome to my blog! Erik is so kind to forward information about my FREE AUTHOR PROMOTION and of course I would LOVE to help promote your daughter's book! I will send you a private email with mailing information.

    Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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