Good morning all!
Today, I want to talk about author take-overs.
For those who are hoping to make their publications successful, author take-overs are a very useful way to widen your audience and interact with potential readers.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept, let me explain.
Author take-overs are events where an author signs up to ‘take-over’ or become a guest in the Facebook group of another person or community. Generally, you would choose groups in a genre appropriately matched to your book.
During this time period (which may range from fifteen minutes to an entire day, depending upon the rules of the group), you would tell everyone about yourself, introduce your books and writing, play games, and interact.
Now, you may be asking yourself, ‘Merel, how do I know I’m doing this right?’
There really isn’t a wrong or right way to do it. But for the sake of argument, I’ll give you some examples. 😀
Hi! My name is Merel Pierce, and I’m super excited be to hanging out with you today. Thank you to (whoever the host or party organizer is) for having me!
I love to write Mafia, Omegaverse, Paranormal, and other dark romance. I write complex tales woven with humor, horror, trials and tribulations a plenty. My hero’s are anything but one dimensional, and my heroine’s always prevail over that which tries to destroy them. Even in the darkest of scenes you will find love, even if it isn’t in the form you expected. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
If you’d like to keep up with the naughty things I’m doing, you can find me here –>
Facebook: (provide your social media links)
Not so bad right? Just tell a little about yourself and where to find you.
Next, you might choose to play a few games. You want to interact, and games are a good way to do it. There don’t have to be prizes, but if you can offer a free copy of your book or a small gift of some kind, it’s a nice bonus. You can find inspiration for author games everywhere online, pinterest included. Here are a few examples of the games I use 😀
You’ll also want to share your books and stories. So, if you have a new release, post about it! Post the blurb, post a scene snippet, be damn sure to post the link to your story! You can do it a few ways. You can write the text in the post, and attach your link and cover or promo image, or you can make a promo with the text in it, like so-
You can also share meme’s or photos, and encourage people to participate by doing the same. Whether its ‘your favorite naughty meme’ or something else, anything that encourages participation and comments is good.
How many posts you need will depend upon how long of a time slot you have. Once you know how long your slot will be, you can plan out your posts and usually (you may have to ask for this) you will be given moderator rights before your event so that you can schedule the posts in advance. This allows you not to be tied up posting them as the even is happening. That means more time for interactions 😀
At the end of your time slot, thank everyone for coming to the party, thank your host, and again post all your links as a reminder of where they can find you!
Be sure to adhere to the rules of the group that has been kind enough to host you, as well as Facebook’s community standards (you don’t want to get your host in trouble), and make certain you know what time zone the party will be held in so that you can adjust accordingly (if you aren’t in the same time slot you may need to double check with the coordinator to help you determine the time difference for your posts)
And really! It’s all that simple! To recap…
- Post an introduction, thank your host for having you, tell them about yourself and post your social media links
- Share snippets or descriptions of your books, be sure to attach the links where they can find your work!
- Play games, post things people can interact with!
- Thank your host, again link everyone to where they can find and follow you.
- Most importantly, have fun!
Believe me, after the nervous anxiety of your first take-over, you’ll see that there was nothing to be scared of! It’s really very easy 😀 Do them often, if you can. They’re always good for spreading the word about your work!