Hello all! This summer when finalizing all the stuff for the website, Brandy and I had some discussions on how to handle things. After almost a year of self-publishing, I felt I needed to reassess some of my policies.
First, contests. I run a lot of contests. On my site, on my Harmless Addicts page, twitter and on my Facebook Fanpage, I run regular contests, and then I get asked a lot to participate in other contests off site. I love to do them, BUT, it is getting insane for Brandy to mail stuff. So, the rules are now this: We will do mailings on the 1st and the 15th of the month. No more often than that. If you win a prize on the 2nd of the month, do not look for it to be mailed until the 15th. If those days fall on a weekend or holiday, it will be the first mailing day AFTER the set mailing date.
Secondly, review list. We are no longer going to have readers on the review list. While I always expect readers to give me an honest review, and we do not penalize people for saying they did not like my book, there have been complaints about it on Amazon. In fact, there have been a few nasty episodes because of it. In my pursuit to remove as much stress from my life, because of that pesky high BP, I am just suspending that part of the review policy. Also, the list of reviewers just got too long. So, we are starting over.
If have your own blog, or you review at a review site or blog, and would like to be considered please email Brandy Walker at email@example.com. Include the name of the blog or review site you work with. Also, I know that review sites are always looking for reviewers. If you are a reader, you might want to contact a few of them to see if they are looking.
Now something I want to start doing more of is getting swag out. I have some wonderful swag designed by both Brandy Walker and Kendra Egert but I rarely get to send a lot of it out. I take it to cons, give it out in contests, etc, but I would like to do some mailings too. If you have a blog, review site, or a convention (reader or writer) or if you have a bookstore, please contact Brandy about it. Let us know what you want it for, and please, don’t try to punk us. In the past I have had people who contacted me to get swag for a “blog” then they never did anything for it. This is new to us, so please be patient as we work out the details on how we will do this.
Also, readers, would you be interested in getting swag sent to you? I am playing with allowing people to send SASE in to get things like book marks and trading cards. Let me know what you think.