Category Archives: Alexandra Sokoloff

Britcrime online crime writing festival and COLD MOON blog tour

By noreply@blogger.com (Alexandra Sokoloff)

by Alexandra Sokoloff

As I said a few days ago, I’m touring online for the print and audio release of Book 3 in the Huntress/FBI Thrillers. Today I’m at Crime Thriller Girl, talking with Steph Broadribb about the series (and dispensing advice for authors!). You can catch up with me at any of the stops listed below – comment on any blog to be entered in a drawing to win print books! And yes, you can enter multiple times.

This weekend I’m doing something a little different: I’m the lone American in a lineup of 40 British crime authors participating in the first annual Britcrime Festival, an all-online gathering of authors, readers and bloggers in a two-day series of panels, virtual drinking in The Slaughtered Author Pub – and I suspect, some happy mayhem.

Britcrime is the brainchild of sister Thomas & Mercer author Helen Smith, and it grew out of a private Facebook group of UK authors, of which I am a member by virtue of living and writing in Scotland. We were having such an entirely funny and fun time in this group that we wanted a way to bring some of the conversation and hilarity to readers, and use Facebook to do it because it’s free and accessible to anyone who wants to stop in.

In a masterful frenzy of organizing, Helen has pulled a real festival together, with intriguing, interactive panels; reader contributions, curated reviews, podcasts, and plans for upcoming events, including online classes and a Christmas party.

One of the complaints you hear most often from authors is how time-intensive live events are – the prep, the travel, and the possibility that no one will even show up. An online festival has the potential for great reach, a more casual interaction with readers, and room to grow. I’m excited to see how it turns out!

I’ll be talking about Serial Offenders on Panel #4, Saturday at 6-8 pm UK time, 1-3 pm EST, with Mason Cross, Graeme Cameron, and Emma Kavanagh. You can post questions for me and the panel in advance, here.

And for Craig Robertson fans (or the curious…!), Craig will also be talking about serial killers on an earlier panel (Helen was wise enough not to put us on the same panel about this particular topic!).
You can find him on Saturday, 1-3 pm UK time, 7-9 am EST, here: Serial Killers.

You can click through to check out the full lineup of panels, and learn more about Britcrime.

Hope you’ll join us!

Alex


Cold Moon is out in print and audio this month and I’m doing a blog tour throughout the month of July, with lots of giveaways to celebrate!


Check the calendar listings below for where I’ll be all through July, and stop by as many of the blogs as you want to read all about the whole Huntress series, and enter to win books and audiobooks.








Full Tour Calendar



July 7:
Feature article in ITW’s The Big Thrill


(Share or Tweet the article to be entered in the first drawing!)

July 8:

Off the Shelf Books

July 9:


Lynsey’s Books

July 11:


BritCrime online festival: live panel discussion on serial killers

1pm-3pm EST, 6pm-8pm BST

July 11:


King’s River Life magazine

July 13:


Writing Round the Block

July 15:


Mystery Playground

July 17:



Books that Hook
July 19:



Reflections of a Reader

July 20:


Read-Love-Blog
July 21:


Crime Book Junkie

July 23:


The Book Trail

July 27:


Musings of a Bookish Kitty

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Books 1, 2 and 3 of the Huntress/FBI Thrillers, Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, and Cold Moon are available now from Thomas & Mercer.
I very strongly recommend that you read the series in order, starting with Huntress Moon.

Via: Alexandra Sokoloff

    

COLD MOON print/audio release and blog tour!

By noreply@blogger.com (Alexandra Sokoloff)


Cold Moon is out in print and audio today, and I’m doing a blog tour throughout the month of July, with lots of giveaways to celebrate!


Check the calendar listings below for where I’ll be all through July, and stop by as many of the blogs as you want to read all about the whole Huntress series, and enter to win books and audiobooks.


Stop 1, July 7: The Big Thrill (Share or Tweet the article to be entered in the first drawing!)







Full Tour Calendar



July 7:
Feature article in ITW’s The Big Thrill

July 8:

Off the Shelf Books

July 9:


Lynsey’s Books

July 11:


BritCrime online festival: live panel discussion on serial killers

1pm-3pm EST, 6pm-8pm BST

July 11:


King’s River Life magazine

July 13:


Writing Round the Block

July 15:


Mystery Playground

July 17:



Books that Hook
July 19:



Reflections of a Reader

July 20:


Read-Love-Blog
July 21:


Crime Book Junkie

July 23:


The Book Trail

July 27:


Musings of a Bookish Kitty

________________________________________________________________________
Books 1, 2 and 3 of the Huntress/FBI Thrillers, Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, and Cold Moon are available now from Thomas & Mercer.
I very strongly recommend that you read the series in order, starting with Huntress Moon.

Via: Alexandra Sokoloff

    

e Marketing tools: Thunderclap!

By noreply@blogger.com (Alexandra Sokoloff)

I’m teaching a five-day workshop at the West Texas AMU Writers Academy this week. It’s a writing intensive in which I have 15 students plotting their entire books in one week. Exhausting, but highly rewarding, and miraculously, yet again we are right on course to get this all done. In five days!

Academy students are very motivated and I always end up doing adjunct sessions on ebook publishing and marketing. So here’s one free marketing resource I’m showing my students – an interesting wrinkle on book marketing called Thunderclap!

Thunderclap! is a crowdspeaking platform that amplifies messages by allowing large groups of people to share a single message together at the same time. Sort of an online flashmob.

I’ve just used Thunderclap! to create a book launch page for the print and audio release of Cold Moon on July 7. People who want to support me and the Huntress series can sign up for an automatic Tweet or Facebook share about the book release on the day, and the Thunderclap site automatically posts the tweets/shares all at the same time. Just once, no follow up, no spam, no need to you to remember, no need for me to bug anyone – and everyone who signs up to support is automatically entered in a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card!

This is what gets posted:

Cold Moon, #3 of Alexandra Sokoloff’s Huntress/FBI Thrillers, is out today! Now evil has something to fear. #ColdMoon http://thndr.it/1GgkoVo

You can check out the support page to see how it works, here – and also, of course, I’m hoping you’ll sign up to have a Tweet and/or Facebook post go out on my launch day!

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/27229-cold-moon-book-launch

I like how the dashboard page (which you can continue to edit up until the day of the Thunderclap) keeps count of the social media reach you’re accruing as people continue to sign up. It’s a much more efficient way of getting your friends and followers lined up to support your book launch. And apparently a Thunderclap can get your book trending on Twitter on release day.

Of course, I’ll report back on results.

Has anyone else tried this?

Thanks for signing up!
Alex





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