Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Nothing But Ghosts Book Drive (Yes there will be prizes)

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.



Lenore Appelhans said...

YAY! I wanted to mention too, that Daniel has already done several headers including:


Mik said...

This is so nice you two! I have a list of around 13 books on Amazon, so what's another book? Besides, this is on my wishlist. ;]
(anyone know where I can find a money tree?)

Meghan said...

Okay, done. You know I was going to buy it anyway and I had another book that I wanted as well! This is a great idea, Amy, I hope it's successful. I'll forward the confirmation to you as well.

Beth Kephart said...

Oh my GOODNESS. You guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, really. Truly. This is too much.

I have to find a quiet place and cry.

Thank you.

Julie P. said...

Amy, Fantastic idea! I just placed my order and will be sending you my receipt!

trish said...

I sent you the receipt!

bermudaonion said...

Well, darn, I blew it - I bought NOTHING BUT GHOSTS for my Kindle, but didn't use your link. I will email your the receipt. By the way, I think this is terrific!

Beth F said...

I just bought it from the Sony eBook Store. Am sending the only proof I can via email.

Nicole said...

Fantastic idea! Beth is a beautiful writer, and I'm looking forward to reading this book. She deserves great success.

Florinda said...

Now, you know I've been trying to avoid the YA section, but I couldn't say no to the combination of you, Lenore, and Beth Kephart :-). I've e-mailed a copy of the receipt to you.

Great idea, and good luck with the book drive!

S. Krishna said...

This is awesome. Forwarded my receipt to you!

Sherrie Petersen said...

You guys rock! What a cool idea! Heading to Amazon using your link...

Betty and Boo's Mommy said...

What a great way to celebrate one of our favorite writers and her new book! I just ordered my copy from your Amazon link. Will be blogging and Tweeting about the Book Drive very shortly. Great job, Amy and Lenore!

Colleen said...

This is a really interesting idea - I'll link to it this week and keep track of how you all do.

I loved the book - it's in my upcoming July column at Bookslut. (And be sure to check out Beth's comments on the latest What a Girl Wants post at my site today - she talks a bit about "Ghosts".)


Tif Sweeney said...

I may just have to check out this book!

Totally off topic . . . I just passed on an award to you! Here's the post on my blog about it: http://tiftalksbooks.blogspot.com/2009/06/lemonade-award.html

Vera said...

Bought the book and sent a receipt! Also forwarded the link to all my friends!

This is a great idea! vvperesk(at)gmail(dot)com

Tessa said...

BRAVO! What an absolutely wonderful idea! I'm just about bursting with excitement! Beth is so gifted, such a luminous writer and one of the most modest, gentle, beautiful, thoughtful and delightful people I’ve ever come across. I am going to post a link on my blog right now, buy the book for my god-daughter (I already have a copy which I cherish) and get ready for the PARTY

Sherry said...

I've forwarded my receipt to you and posted about the party on my blog. I'm off to finish reading.

Kudos for thinking of this and making it happen. Makes me so happy!

Nicole said...

This is wonderful! Beth certainly deserves it. I can't wait to see the result.

I posted about it on my blog.

Ella Preuss said...


My little contribution!
I wish you all the best!

xoxo, Ella

Staci said...

Excellent way to get the word out about Beth. She is brilliant and I'm going to buy this book!!

Ana S. said...

yay, The Book Depository has it! I will forward you my receipt in a minute. Also, I'll blog about it tomorrow - I'd have done it sooner, but I barely had time to blog this week :( I saw that you extended the deadline, though, which is great. I know what it's like to love a book so much you want to share it with the whole world. Best of luck!

Sherrie Petersen said...

I bought the book through your link and I blogged about the book drive. Hope you make it to 200!

Cynthia Pittmann said...

I'm not sure how to send the link...but I bought the book today. Sorry about the awkwardness of this comment!!!

Details for Order #002-7263887-4841021
Print this page for your records.

Order Placed: June 28, 2009
Amazon.com order number: 002-7263887-4841021
Order Total: $29.78

Not Yet Shipped

Items Ordered Price
1 of: Nothing but Ghosts, Beth Kephart
Condition: New
Sold by: Amazon.com, LLC
1 of: Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives, Sidonie Smith, Julia Watson
Condition: New
Sold by: Amazon.com, LLC

Shipping Address: Change Shipping Address
Cynthia S Pittmann
(Plus missing stuff here)
BAYAMON, PR 00956-4529

Shipping Speed: Change Shipping Speed
FREE Super Saver Shipping

Shipping Preference:
Group my items into as few shipments as possible

Payment Information
Item(s) Subtotal: $29.78
Shipping & Handling: $4.98
Super Saver Discount: -$4.98
Total Before Tax: $29.78
Estimated Tax: $0.00
Grand Total: $29.78
Payment Method:
Amazon.com Visa | Last digits:

Billing Address:
Cynthia S Pittmann
Plus some missing stuff here!
BAYAMON, PR 00956-4529

I think what you are doing to support Beth K. is extremely kind. I follow her blog too. I can't wait to read the book. <3

grete said...

What a great initiative!
Just ordered the book through your link, will forward receipt. As I commented on Beth’s blog - estimated arrival will be between August 17 - 27. Seems Amazon is taking the climate challenge seriously, and ship their books to Norway by sail.....

Sheila DeChantal said...

Hi Amy,

I just completed my purchase of this book and used your link. Thanks... I am excited to hear the final count.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Here is the other info from the order in case you need it:

Order #: 103-5532176-8985850
Shipping Method: Standard Shipping
Shipping Preference: Group my items into as few shipments as possible
Subtotal of Items: $23.21
Shipping & Handling: $4.98
Total: $28.19

Anonymous said...

I think this is fantastic!! I just wanted to let you know I'm in!! I just posted about this and I plan to purchase tomorrow afternoon! Great thing you're doing Amy!!


Bonnie said...

I won an amazon gift card and put it to good use and one of my purchases was Nothing But Ghosts. I've never read one of Beth's books and am looking forward to it. I'll send you an email with my receipt!

Bonnie said...

I blogged about this here:


Post a Comment

Thank you for taking the time to comment! I appreciate hearing your thoughts.