I am going to do it.
That thing I didn’t think I’D EVER DO.
That thing I’ve been asking myself about for years, playing the pros and cons out in my head.
I think I’m going to create a “street team.”
These would be people I can count on for possible beta reading, social media buzz, and enthusiasm when my books come out.
My new Street Team members can be bloggers, reviewers, readers or writers. What I’ll ask for are things like retweets, reblogs, and HONEST reviews. This isn’t just for superfans, it’s for average people who want to interact with me. No resume required.
Back in the old days, I had this great Yahoo Group. My members were writers and bloggers and editors and friends. And even though I totally hated Yahoo Groups, that was a really good way for people to find out what I was up to and interact with each other. We were a tribe in real time, talking long into the night sometimes… It was immediate and it was fun. I now put out newsletters, and that’s fun too, but it isn’t the same as interacting with a group in real time.
So I made myself a private Facebook group for News and Updates. I’m calling it, “Hellfire and ZAMnation.” From there I will be sharing swag and news and ARCs and asking for Beta Readers and buzz generators.
If you’re a ZAM FAN, and you want first dibs on the latest, here’s what you’ll get by becoming part of my street team:
My street team members will have:
- First crack at ZAM books for review purposes when my publisher allows. (When that’s not possible, I’ll try to send gift copies.)
- Swag and bragging rights and the opportunity to remind/tease me that I have NINE books with some variant of the name Edward in them.
- exclusive contests and seasonal prizes.
Signing up for my ZAMnation Street Team will be a PIECE OF CAKE. Simply Log send me a request to join. You can find the Super Seekrit Facebook group, HERE.