Dreams of Schemes–New Book Marketing Idea
I had a dream last night about book marketing…and when I woke up the first thing I read was:
"The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream." (Jeremiah 33:26)
I dreamt that since the end user method of sales was not producing enough money for writers–due to the glut of free and cheep e-books–that ebooks started carrying advertising.
In the dream, cheap books had lots of ads. For another dollar or two, you could buy an ad-free one.
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Ooh. That's a thought. Why have people not
considered that? I picked up some free print books (public domain classics) from a vanity press at a writers conference that had ad pages in them, so it's not such a leap. It's probably going to be the new standard practice :)
I'm working out some different marketing ideas, too. I have this gamification idea where I'll offer a free prequel/bonus to whoever follows a trail of clues - hints in the artwork, other author blogs, references to public domain literature - to a specific link, takes a fun little quiz at the end like "You're most like *character* in (this upcoming story)" and there will be a pop-up that says congratulations, you win the free prequel! with the link to download it.
The advantages would be a fun game for the readers with a reward at the end, and they would also discover new authors and get emotionally invested in the new stories coming out.
What do you think?