marketing a novel

Quotable Quotes - Favorite Love Quotes and Empowering Quotes


I've always had a thing for quotes. She is incandescent.   Just like the first time I saw her, those vast and fervent eyes took me by surprise, because in them I realize a reflection of my own soul.   She is my weakness, the chink in my armor.   My undoing.   -Dynam by Samantha Peterson

There's something magical about a few sentences that are so well written and/or so emotionally poignant that they slap you in the face.

They are forever posted on my wall, as a background on my phone, and on my Pinterest boards. I'm back in good ol' Arnold, Nebraska this week for Thanksgiving, and I have discovered that this fascination must have started sometime in my childhood. There are framed quotes around my room, empowering quotes written in journals, and even a feeble attempt at decoupaging a quote to a book end.

More specifically, I've always had a thing for love quotes and empowering quotes.

Some favorites among the millions...

Love Quotes

  • "I asked her if she believed in love, and she smiled and said it was her most elaborate method of self-harm." - Benedict Smith
  • "The smell of her hair, the taste of her mouth, the feeling of her skin seemed to have got inside him, or into the air all around him. She had become a physical necessity."  - George Orwell
  • "According to Greek mythology humans were originally created with four arms, four legs, and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves." - Plato


Empowering Quotes

  • "When something goes wrong in your life, just yell, 'Plot twist!' and move on." - Anon
  • "If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sun beams and you will always look lovely." Roald Dahl
  • "And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." - Sylvia Plath
  • "The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before." - Albert Einstein
  • "You're off to great places, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way." - Dr. Seuss


And my current favorite, which is the background of my phone:

"You can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will." - Stephen King

That got me to thinking, "I wonder if anything from my novel would ever be considered quote-worthy..."

So I had to create a pin for myself. :)

Happy quoting.


Goodreads Giveaway for Dynam!

Hey All! I'm running a Goodreads giveaway for my novel starting TODAY!


For those of you that have toyed with the idea of running a giveaway, but haven't quite figured out if you want to do it, I highly recommend it. This is my second giveaway for my novel. The first one had over a thousand entrants! As giveaways are completely free (except for the cost of mailing the book to the winner) you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Plus, it's a way to connect with new readers!

Many excellent articles exist online about Goodreads giveaways and how to gain the maximum benefit from these marketing tools. My favorite is an article by Emlyn Chand on Novel Publicity & CO's website. She discusses how the strategy laid out on Goodreads website is not necessarily the best idea. She's done research to support her own ideas, which I followed to much success in my giveaway.

443 people have Dynam on their to-read list! I hope you will add it to your list as well!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dynam by Samantha Peterson


by Samantha Peterson

Giveaway ends November 27, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Thanks for entering, and please share with your friends if you know other people that enjoy freebies!


Marketing a Novel! - I've Written Something. What now?

So you've written your novel. Someone edited it. It looks all perfect and shiny on your screen. What now?

It's time to learn about marketing a novel! If you've ever considered how to do this, you might have been completely overwhelmed by all of the opportunity for great exposure! As someone with a background in marketing, I enjoy reviewing and analyzing all of the various choices in an attempt to figure out what type of ROI you may get from each one. You would think that someone with a creative brain wouldn't be interested in the nitty-gritty of numbers-based decisions. But I'm a weirdo.

And of course, the best marketing is FREE marketing!

I set up my author profile on Goodreads last week. Why is it that when you start marketing something, it feels more "real" than it did before the marketing? Here is my new Author Profile on Goodreads! And here is Dynam's Book Listing! Yowza! Look at that! I'm a real girl (not to be confused with Lars and the Real Girl).

I absolutely adore Goodreads, though I am curious to see what happens to the site with the recent acquisition by Amazon. As an author, it is extremely easy to set up your author profile and learn to use the site for marketing purposes.

I also got Dynam's Facebook page set up this week!  Success!

I'm so excited to get the word out there! I can hardly wait to put my marketing budget to good use.

What things have you learned about marketing a novel?