I’ve Been Nominated – Sunshine Blogger Award | Stevie Turner

I was thrilled to be nominated again for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Stevie Turner.

 

Rules

Thank the person who nominated you and provides a link back to their blog so others can find them.Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.

Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.

Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.

List the rules and (optional) display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

 

As usual, I share my awards with all my fellow bloggers so I nominate you all, but as part of the protocol (and fun) is answering the questions. These were the questions and my responses I answered to Stevie’s questions:

 

Do you think authors having many social media accounts is a good idea?

I believe an author should have as many social media accounts as they please. They just have to take into consideration that they must babysit all these sites. I’d suggest finding what sites get you most engagement and stick with those.

 

Do you submit your work to agents, or are you happy staying self-published?

I’ve never submitted my work to an agent and I’m quite content being in control of my own work and royalties.

 

Do you think authors should give away their work for free?

That’s an age old question. Giving books away free hurts, but unfortunately in a sea of books we have to use this method sometimes to generate readership and garner reviews.

 

If you have an email (mailing) list, how do you gain more followers for it?

I have a sign-up here on my blog for readers to get notified of my posts. Honestly, I don’t have much experience with Mailchimp other than sending out my weekly blogs. Through the years, I’ve acquired several hundred followers. I put all my book announcements in my blogs and always felt I didn’t want to bombard my readers with yet another newsletter.

 

If you had to be confined to one social media account to promote your books, which one would it be?

As much as I hate it, I have to say Facebook. I hate everything that site stands for and all the data stealing and re-selling.

 

Is book promotion worth it?  Do you gain sales by your promotion efforts, or is it all just a time suck?

I go through periods of being fed up with spending money on ads and not always a good pay off. But I can say that I at least garner some new reviews from those promos, and reviews are essential to help sell our books.

 

What’s the best part of a doughnut?  I would say it’s the hole in the middle, but I’d love to hear what you think.

Lol. I’ll definitely say the hole because I don’t eat them.

 

How would you go about ‘kissing the sky’ like Mr Hendrix did?

By astral planing in my dreams.

 

Can you dance the Tango?

I absolutely cannot dance the Tango, and pretty sure I’d put my back out on those huge dips, lol.

 

What strange phenomena have you experienced?

Oh my goodness, way too much to list here!

 

Do you want to live forever?

Some days I think so, others, when I think about how old and decrepit I’d look and see the direction in what a lot of this world is coming too, I think not.

 

Source: The Sunshine Blogger Award | Stevie Turner

26 thoughts on “I’ve Been Nominated – Sunshine Blogger Award | Stevie Turner

  1. I really liked your answer about mailing lists, Debby. Mine doesn’t see much action, partly because of time, but also because they seem a bit like junk mail. Who needs more of that?? Not me. So I feel like a pest whenever I send a newsletter. Lol.

    Old and decrepit?? You’ve got to be kidding me. 🙂 You’re young and beautiful.

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    1. Lol Darlene, I said the hole because it’s a vacant hole with no calories 🙂 But yes, in my younger and ‘badder’ days I did enjoy Timbits 🙂

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    1. Lol Sal, I think people are misconstruing my donut statement. I said ‘the hole’ because it’s just that, an empty space – calorie free 🙂 xxx

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  2. Great questions and answers, Debby! I’m with you about the doughnut and social media! It’s nice to read these knowledgeable answers about the industry. Oh, and congratulations for being nominated for the sunshine blogger award! 🙂

    PS: I’m far behind with blog reading and commenting. I have no idea how you do it! I’ve been working on my memoir non-stop and there seems to be no time for anything else….

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