What’s the Best Thing about Read Tuesday?

Read Tuesday

Read Tuesday will be a great opportunity for readers to find a wide selection of books with amazing one-day sale prices. It will be a huge event like Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

Although the discounts and selection of books will be incredible, to me that’s not the best thing about Read Tuesday. I am looking forward to a lot of shopping on Read Tuesday, though.

Read Tuesday will also be a great way to buy gifts for people who love to read books and e-books. Customers can gift e-books – or buy print books to wrap up – at great saving in time for the holidays.

Although the savings will be splendid and the books will make nice gifts, to me that’s not the best thing about Tuesday. I am looking forward to gifting books on Read Tuesday, though.

Read Tuesday will also be a great promotional opportunity for authors and small publishers. By participating in the event, authors can promote their own books while simultaneously promoting the Read Tuesday event.

Although the promotional potential for authors and small publishers will be wonderful, to me that’s not the best thing about Read Tuesday either. I am looking forward to participating on Read Tuesday, though.

So what is the best thing about Read Tuesday?

To me, it’s the nature of the event and how it came about.

Stores usually plan sales events. They sell the products. They control the prices. They do the advertising. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are orchestrated by giant businesses.

Most authors and publishers don’t get much out of Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Most customers are buying electronics, toys, tools, and clothes. Hardly any books will have better prices than normal. If there are, they are probably bestsellers.

Read Tuesday is totally different. This event isn’t orchestrated by big businesses. The idea didn’t even originate from a store. It didn’t come from a publisher. It didn’t come from a bestselling author.

Read Tuesday shows that a very large number of independent authors and publishers can get together and coordinate their efforts to create a huge event.

It’s a chance for us to show what we can do when we put our minds to it; what we can do when we get involved. Individually, we may be small, but together we can thrive.

This event can be huge and it can be professional. I feel that this is an important message.

You don’t have to be a big business, a store, a publisher, or a bestselling author to be highly professional. Anyone can choose to be professional. We can choose to make the Read Tuesday event professional and a huge success.

To me, the best thing about Read Tuesday is the opportunity for thousands of authors to get together and show what we can accomplish together.

Chris McMullen, author of A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers, Vol. 1 (formatting/publishing) and Vol. 2 (packaging/marketing)

Preparing to Launch Read Tuesday

Read Tuesday

In case you haven’t heard yet, the idea behind Red Tuesday is for authors to get together and provide a book-oriented version of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can learn more about the idea here:


As you may know, we’ve been making several preparations for launching the Read Tuesday event:

  • We have an artist who is working on a logo and images of assorted sizes, like various headers and portrait sizes, with and without text.
  • We have a website, http://www.readtuesday.com, but it’s presently empty. We’re making content for the website so that readers, authors, indie bookstores, and small publishers will be able to find helpful information about Read Tuesday.
  • We’re creating forms that can be completed easily and conveniently online, which will help to compile handy information, like a list of participating authors, catalog data for participating books, a list of participating bookstores, or a sign-up for an email newsletter. Presently, we’re testing out Google Docs to see how those forms work from both ends.
  • We have a Twitter account and Facebook page, but, like the website, they aren’t up and running yet. We’re working to get all of these pages ready before we launch. (It’s pretty cool when you Follow a huge company like Amazon and they Follow you back – even if it was automatic, it’s still pretty cool.) If you want, you could find us and follow us, but there isn’t anything there to follow yet. As soon as these pages are up and running, we will share them with you.
  • We’re looking to add accounts at LinkedIn, PInterest, and more. If you have other suggestions, please feel free to share them.
  • We’re putting together a promotional strategy to try to make Read Tuesday a success. We’ll definitely need your help. You can help create buzz. You can show your participation by filling out the forms (once they’re ready). You can participate with your books. You will be able to use the Read Tuesday images (once they’re ready) to help promote your own books while simultaneously helping to create buzz for Read Tuesday.
  • We’re considering a little low-cost advertising. If you have special requests, feel free to share them. Funding is limited, but we will give expressed ideas consideration.
  • We already have several ideas for how to spread awareness for Read Tuesday. We’ll begin sharing these ideas as soon as the website is up and running. Again, if you have any ideas that you’d like to share, please feel encouraged to do so.
  • We’ve only had a couple of suggestions in the way of slogans or marketing text. More suggestions would be welcome.
  • Would there be any interest in flyers, bookmarks, business cards, brochures, or other printed marketing materials? If so, we could make a file for a flyer, for example, and anyone who is interested could print them. We’re not going to sell promotional materials; but if there is interest, we can make files so that anyone who is interested can order their own (from a supplier of your choice). You just have to express your interest.
  • We need ideas for things to include in an email newsletter for Read Tuesday. If you come up with an idea for an article that may be relevant, contributions will be considered. We’ll consider contributions for content on the website as well as for a newsletter.
  • We’re lacking in the video department. Suggestions, ideas, volunteers, etc. would be quite welcome. If you make your own Read Tuesday trailer, for example, you can feature your own books in the video, promoting your own books and Read Tuesday together. Hint, hint. (Once they are ready, you’ll be able to use the Read Tuesday images with this.)

It’s taking time to get all of this ready. We’d like to launch Read Tuesday all at once. So right now, we’re thinking of launching Read Tuesday – the website, social media, sign-up forms, making the images available, etc. – the week of October 6 (on the 6th or even before, if possible, but at least some time that week).

Remember, Read Tuesday is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10. This gives us two full months to get as much participation and to create as much buzz as possible. (Then we’ll have 12 months before the next Read Tuesday – and a little experience – to make the next one even better. Don’t forget about White Wednesday – or maybe the name will change; but we want this to be a “secret” until Read Tuesday is over.)

Can you think of anything else that we should add to the list above?

Read Tuesday isn’t a person. It’s not a business. It’s not a program. It’s not really even an organization. It’s an idea. It’s an event. It largely consists of a great number of independent authors getting together to bring a huge sales event to people who enjoy reading (and gifting) books.

This means you are just as important to Read Tuesday as anyone else. So, Mr. or Mrs. Important Read Tuesday Participant, please feel free to share your Big ideas. 🙂

Chris McMullen, author of A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers, Vol. 1 (formatting/publishing) and Vol. 2 (packaging/marketing)