Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Cool Things about Life on the Web

"The Internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom." ~Jon Stewart

It's interesting, the online world. Here are a couple of quirky things I've noticed recently:

1. My trailer for One Night in Boston is in the top 6 "Most Watched Previews Today" on Preview the Book nearly every day I check. Considering that the number of trailers there must top 100, I find that both thrilling and odd. I can't figure out where people might be linking to the trailer, other than the obvious places I've put it, to keep watching it. Of course, when something's on a "Top Whatever" list, I suppose people are more likely to be intrigued and watch it, rather than fish around in the general list of trailers. But even when it falls off the list for a day, it's almost always back up 24 or 48 hours later. Strange.

2. Random people from the writing world have found me through my blog and contacted me. Oh sure, there are the various crazies I don't know who want to friend me on Facebook, and the advertising loonies who want me to spend $2000+ a month for a banner and a link on their site. But I've had a couple of New York print authors' publicists contact me about link exchanges too (mostly if they're trying to come out of the dark age and set up a website for the first time). And yesterday, a publicist for the book Naughty Paris emailed to ask if I'd be interested in reading and reviewing her book on my blog. Heck, why not? A free book? So that's rather cool as well.

3. Speaking of advertising, Smart Bitches-Trashy Books offers a nice deal for a banner on their site (plus the girls there are really, really nice to work with). One month prices are under $100 depending on size, and what I like best is that they send you a report each week about how many impressions it's had (mine's a revolving ad, switching out with other authors), and how many people have clicked through to my website from the banner. It's a great way to have concrete results about whether people look and then act on your ad.

That's all the wisdom for today...see you here tomorrow for Writers' Wednesday!


Diane Craver said...

Congrats on your trailer being in the top 6 frequently on Preview the Book. Glad your marketing is successful.

Have a great day!

Liza said...

Congrats on your trailer being in the top 6! I haven't seen it yet, but will have to watch it later today.

Amy said...

Wahoo on being in the top 6!

Marianne Arkins said...

LOL... I got a req from "Naughty Paris", too, and turned them down. Who has time?? Not. Me. Besides, I'm really a fiction-only kind of gal.

I should probably upload to Preview the Book someday. Congrats on being in the top!