I am so excited to announce a project that Lenore is helping me with this week...the Nothing But Ghosts Book Drive. Or should we call it Book Sales Drive! Earlier I announced that I'd be hosting a Nothing But Ghosts book party on my blog next week, complete with a reading from Beth and live chat! But if this was just like a party taking place in a bookstore there would also be books for sale. Since this is the internet, there are always books for sale...just a click away!
Here are the details of the Book Drive:
When: June 23-June 30 at 9 PM EST.
Where: Well, here, of course!
What: The book drive is an intentional effort to expand the readership of Nothing But Ghosts by driving sales. It is the book buying fun part of a book party!
Why: Because I believe Beth is a very gifted author who deserves a wider audience. Also, first week sales for a book are always important. Lastly, I'd love to have a measurable example of how book blogs can drive sales for a book.
The Goal: 200 books sold.
How Will it Work: If you choose to buy from Amazon I am asking that you use this link so that I can track the number of books sold. We want and actually NEED to track the number of books sold...because....
There are prizes! The goal of seeing 200 copies of Nothing But Ghosts sold through our combined efforts is admittedly a daunting one. But this book deserves it. So to encourage you to spread the word to all your friends to buy Nothing But Ghosts this week Lenore and I have come up with a few little gifties. For each milestone we reach on the way to 200, another prize will be released!
If we see 25 copies sold, one lucky person will get a paperback copy of Undercover along with a limited edition not available in stores My Friend Amy keychain!
At 50 copies, a 10 dollar Amazon Giftcard.
At 75 copies, a copy of No Such Thing as the Real World and a special limited edition My Friend Amy pen!
At 100 copies, a 15 dollar Amazon Giftcard
At 125 copies, a surprise box of 5 gently read books
At 150 copies, a 25 dollar Amazon gift card
At 175 copies, a custom designed blog header by Daniel, Lenore's husband. Daniel has a book coming out in July of 2010, so you have your blog header designed by a world famous published illustrator! The book, Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? releases in July 2010 from Balzer and Bray (Harper Collins) Check out Daniel's drawings.
At 200 copies, a 50 dollar Amazon gift card.
There are only two ways to enter these giveaways. One is to buy a copy of Nothing But Ghosts and forward your email receipt or a scanned copy of your store receipt to mypalamyATgmailDOTcom . The other is to attend the live chat with Beth Kephart right here on My Friend Amy next Tuesday at 9 PM PST/6 PM EST. You can earn a total of two entries by doing both.
But remember...we must see all those books sold in order to be able to give away all of these prizes! And we really really want to! So we are COUNTING on you to:
1) Buy a book :)
2) Post about the book drive on your blog
3) Tweet about the book drive
4) Post on forums about the book drive
5) Stumble this post.
6) Tell everyone you know including and up to your neighbor's dog. Just kidding. About the dog.
If you choose to purchase your book through Amazon, I once again ask that you use this link. This will enable me to track the books sold. But of course, as long as you send in your email receipt it will count. The most important thing is that you buy the book!
EDITED TO ADD: By request, here's a link for Indiebound purchases: Nothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart If you choose to buy the book through an independent bookstore, please forward your receipt, otherwise your purchase won't count! (Indiebound does not report daily like Amazon)
I hope that you will take a chance on a great author and consider buying this book! I'm going to try to figure out how to put a little meter up on the sidebar so we can track the sales together!
Final note: Beth has absolutely NO IDEA that we are planning this. We are doing this because we love Beth and her books and we want to do our part to help Nothing But Ghosts get some recognition.