Preliminary Read Tuesday Catalogs Coming Soon

It's going to be HUGE!

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Misha Burnett wrote a nice article about the importance and ease of gifting in relation to Read Tuesday. We’ll be posting this article tomorrow. The article mentions the Read Tuesday catalog of books, so I’ll be posting a preliminary catalog on the Read Tuesday catalog tomorrow.

If you’d like to get listed in the preliminary catalogs (it’s free!) before I put them up, you still have a window of opportunity.

Link to enroll books in the catalog:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LlEzgrnBWsU0FMsEezTvlvczexv9o2nRN_93i0pJAh8/viewform

Link to enroll authors in the catalog:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13nXp9yRxtC-PUrV_D7zMqmlThUJSKGobKcCRNEtnEG8/viewform

If you encounter any issues with the forms, please let me know.

(There are also additional forms for any small publishers or booksellers who want to show their participation.)

The official Read Tuesday website: www.ReadTuesday.com

Read Tuesday: It’s going to be HUGE!

Give the gift of reading this holiday season.

Chris McMullen

Better Readability at the Read Tuesday Website?

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For those of you who expressed opinions of the color scheme at the Read Tuesday website, thank you. A common concern was readability. I have tried to improve this without making any drastic changes.

I changed the background to white and the body text to black. I believe it’s more readable now. Please let me know what you think.

Read Tuesday: It’s going to be HUGE!

Give the gift of reading this holiday season.

The official Read Tuesday website: www.ReadTuesday.com

Chris McMullen

Sign-Up Forms for the Read Tuesday Catalog—Now Available

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It’s going to be HUGE!

Enrollment forms are now available to add books or authors to the Read Tuesday catalogs. If you are an author or small publisher who would like to participate in the event, click on the links below to open and complete the sign-up forms. The first form is to enroll books, while the second is to enroll authors. You don’t need to sign up to participate in Read Tuesday, but you do need to enroll to get into the catalogs. Signing up also helps to show your support for the event.

These are Google Docs forms. Simply click on the link, complete the form (a few questions are optional), and press the submit button. It’s that easy.

If you have more than one book, after you complete the form for one participating book, you’re welcome to reopen the form and submit other books that will be participating on Read Tuesday. (But, of course, only add books that you have the rights to include in the catalog.)

Link to enroll books in the catalog:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LlEzgrnBWsU0FMsEezTvlvczexv9o2nRN_93i0pJAh8/viewform

Link to enroll authors in the catalog:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13nXp9yRxtC-PUrV_D7zMqmlThUJSKGobKcCRNEtnEG8/viewform

If you encounter any issues with the forms, please let me know.

Learn more about Read Tuesday by clicking the link below:

http://readtuesday.com/2013/10/05/read-tuesday-like-black-friday-except-for-book-sales/

Read Tuesday: It’s going to be HUGE!

Give the gift of reading this holiday season.

The official Read Tuesday website: http://www.ReadTuesday.com

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)

Idea for Big Read Tuesday Publicity—Need Your Help

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It’s going to be HUGE!

We’re building buzz for a huge Read Tuesday event like Black Friday, but for buying and gifting books, on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

We have an idea for helping to publicize this event, but we need your help. (You can learn how in a moment.)

There is already much interest and anticipation, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Read Tuesday event has a huge audience:

  • Readers are preparing for the big sale.
  • Gift-givers are looking forward to sharing the gift of reading.
  • Authors see a golden opportunity to promote their own book sales while waving the Read Tuesday flag.
  • It’s also an avenue for small publishers and booksellers to generate more fourth-quarter revenue.

Since indie authors control their own prices and therefore can easily participate, the event should be of great general interest with e-book companies like Kindle Direct Publishing, Smashwords, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Nook, and much more.

So here is the big idea: We need to contact these companies (and more), describe how wonderful this event is shaping up to be, and ask if they can mention Read Tuesday in a newsletter (like the monthly KDP newsletter) or on their websites (it would be a nice fit for Smashwords and many others).

Kathy Steinemann has already contacted Smashwords and suggested that I and others do the same. So give Kathy the credit for this great idea. 🙂

I will be contacting several companies from this list. You can help by also contacting one or more of these companies and placing a request. The more people who contact them, the greater will be their perceived interest in this huge event. There is much interest brewing, and it will be huge. We just need your help to show them.

In addition to describing what Read Tuesday is, why it will interest millions of authors and readers, and why it will benefit these businesses to help spread the word, you can provide a link to the official Read Tuesday website, www.ReadTuesday.com, Twitter site (@ReadTuesday), and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ReadTuesday).

The audience for Read Tuesday is also large enough to interest the media. The more we try to recruit the request of media coverage, the more the media will take notice.

There is also an opportunity here for anyone to write an article about Read Tuesday and get it published. Just imagine the bottom of your article, where it says Your Name, Author of Your Book. It could be a high traffic area relevant to your target audience. (In the absolute worst-case scenario, you can still post the article on your blog or website, so no matter what, your effort won’t be wasted.)

If you get any positive responses from businesses, please share the information here. We can help to spread the word about your success.

If you publish an article or post a video about Read Tuesday (even if it’s on your blog), let us know. We can find a place to post a link, may reblog your post, etc.

If you convince anyone with a big reputation (or have one yourself) to participate on Read Tuesday, please let spread the word. This would help to draw even more interest.

If you persuade any bookstores or small publishers to participate on Read Tuesday, tell them to let us know and we’ll be happy to advertise their participation the Read Tuesday website.

There will also be catalogs to show your participation and to enroll your books. The forms for these are coming soon.

Read Tuesday: It’s going to be HUGE!

Give the gift of reading this holiday season.

The official Read Tuesday website: www.ReadTuesday.com

Learn more about Read Tuesday here: About Read Tuesday

Follow Read Tuesday on Twitter @ReadTuesday

The Read Tuesday FaceBook page: www.facebook.com/ReadTuesday

Authors who would like to participate can learn more about Read Tuesday at Chris McMullen‘s blog: https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/red_tuesday_idea_for_boosting_book_sales/

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)

The Read Tuesday Website, Twitter, and FaceBook

It's going to be HUGE!

It’s going to be HUGE!

We’ve made some progress with the Read Tuesday website, Twitter (@ReadTuesday), and Facebook page. Although these sites aren’t perfect yet, we need your help with some BIG ideas to help publicize the event (see below).

We want to create buzz for Read Tuesday to help make the event a success. Although December 10 is still two months away, there is significant marketing potential if we can get the ball rolling quickly.

For example, imagine if Smashwords or Kindle took an interest in Read Tuesday, and considered mentioning us somewhere (like in a newsletter or on a website). Or if we want to get media coverage or publish an article somewhere visible. There is a large audience for this material and Read Tuesday will be a HUGE event, so there is much potential here. However, these big ideas require time for big companies to implement. That’s why we want to get the ball rolling quickly.

Suppose we contact these businesses to tell them about Read Tuesday, hoping to earn a little support from them. If they show any interest, the first thing they will do is try to learn a little more about the program.

So the greater the initial support for the event, the better this will look to them.

Here is how you can help:

  • Visit the Read Tuesday website at www.readtuesday.com. I’ll add the counter if at some point there are enough views to generate a little interest.
  • Show your support as a reader, gift-giver, or author. Choose one (or more) of these pages at the Read Tuesday website. Post a brief comment to show what you’re looking forward to.
  • As usual, you can show support via Likes or Follows at the website, Twitter, or FaceBook. There aren’t any posts at any of these sites yet, but that’s because we haven’t built up a following yet. Now that the sites are live, we can build up support.
  • Help spread the word about Read Tuesday. It’s going to be HUGE! (Feel free to use this HUGE line.) You’re welcome to use the images (you can find the full set on the Read Tuesday website). Add one to your sidebar to show support, for example. If you make a post about Read Tuesday, feel free to include one of the images with it.
  • I’ll announce when the participation and catalog forms are available (soon; I’m working on it). Then you can use these forms to show your support and enroll your books. (I’ll also be describing ways that you can participate in a coming post.)

In my next post, I’ll outline ways that we can try to get support for Read Tuesday, such as contacting Smashwords or KDP, the media, or trying to publish articles. The more initial support we can get quickly, the bigger Read Tuesday will look to anyone who checks it out.

In case you haven’t heard, Read Tuesday will be a big day for selling and gifting books, like Black Friday, except for books. You can learn more about Read Tuesday (but note that the name has changed) through the link below:

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/red_tuesday_idea_for_boosting_book_sales/

I can’t wait for Read Tuesday to get here. It’s going to be HUGE! 🙂

Chris McMullen

Read Tuesday Images Are Here :-)

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In case you haven’t heard, Read Tuesday will be a big day for selling and gifting books, like Black Friday, except for books. You can learn more about Read Tuesday (but note that the name has changed) through the link below:

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/red_tuesday_idea_for_boosting_book_sales/

Anyone who wishes to participate in the Read Tuesday event, or to help promote it, in a positive way is welcome to use the image above or the images below. 🙂

Melissa Stevens, www.theillustratedauthor.net, artist and cover designer, created these images and has granted us permission to use them in support of Read Tuesday.

You’re welcome to show your support, for example, by adding one of the images below to the sidebar of your blog. You might include a caption like, “It’s going to be HUGE,” or something else you might prefer to help promote the event. Feel free to include a link to the website, www.ReadTuesday.com. It has a picture, but won’t be quite ready for a day or two. We’re working on it.

If you post or write anything about the coming Read Tuesday event, you’re welcome to use one of these images with it. There is an opportunity here for you to promote your own books while simultaneously helping to create buzz for the Read Tuesday event.

The more we use the Read Tuesday images, the more this will help to visually brand the event. If we have any consistency with a phrase like, “It’s going to be HUGE,” it will help to brand that, too.

In coming posts, I will share some suggestions about different ways that authors can participate in the event, ideas for how to help create buzz for Read Tuesday, and other ideas (maybe a couple of big ones—I’ll need your help to pull them off). When the forms become live (for the various catalogs), I will announce this, too.

I also added a Read Tuesday page to my blog here. As you can see, it’s not quite ready yet, either. I’ll post links for Read Tuesday social media pages once they’re ready.

If you check out the Read Tuesday website, www.ReadTuesday.com, please feel free to share comments or suggestions about color, structure, style, theme, etc. (Of course, the text hasn’t yet been adjusted from the default text.)

I included “gold” (yellow) confetti stars on the sides, but I can change that to color stars (and you might find color there when you visit…). Feel free to express your opinions.

You can use the images on some websites by right-clicking the image and copying the link to the image location. If you need the jpeg (including the confetti), please let me know—I can send it by request.

If you make any posts related to Read Tuesday, I encourage you to let me know. We might be able to help spread the word about your post.

I’m looking forward to Read Tuesday. I hope you are, too. 🙂

Chris McMullen

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Read Tuesday Pictures—Last Call for Opinions

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A variety of opinions have been expressed on the possible Read Tuesday images that we can use for the website banner, headers for anyone to use on posts about Read Tuesday, and a logo that anyone can use to show support for Read Tuesday. Hopefully, we can make our final selection after this post. If so, then we will make the image in a few different aspect ratios and let you know as soon as they are ready to be used. Then we’ll launch Read Tuesday (culminating in the actual Read Tuesday on December 10).

I wonder if the picture above might be a fair compromise of the variety of opinions that we received. One big issue that was expressed was not to obscure the date. Of those with stars, these stars seem to be less obtrusive. A couple of comments suggested going with a cleaner look. While not as clean as having no stars, perhaps this is a fair compromise. There was a vote or two for a red bow, but it seemed that there were more votes for gold bows. It’s a challenge to please everyone, but my hope with the Read Tuesday concept is that it would reflect us a whole more than one individual—after all, Read Tuesday is intended to help many authors and readers, not just one person or small group.

What do you think? Will this image work for you?

The Read Tuesday image was designed by Melissa Stevens (www.theillustratedauthor.net).

You can see the alternatives by clicking on the links below:

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/read-tuesday-pictures-second-try/

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/read-tuesday-pictures-need-suggestions/

In case you haven’t heard, Read Tuesday will be a big day for selling and gifting books, like Black Friday, except for books. You can learn more about Read Tuesday (but note that the name has changed) through the link below:

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/red_tuesday_idea_for_boosting_book_sales/

Chris McMullen

Read Tuesday Pictures—Second Try

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Melissa Stevens (www.theillustratedauthor.net) read the opinions expressed in my previous post and offered the images that you see at the top and bottom of this post.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the first round of images. Although it’s impossible to please everyone—especially, when opinions may be contradictory—since we will all be able to use the Read Tuesday images, I would like for everyone to be happy with them.

Let me add my opinions, which I didn’t express in the previous post. In the originals, I favored the stars and the gold bow, and was also concerned about clutter around the date. In this new set, the stars are more concentrated around the bag (to me, it’s as if they just popped out of it). The gold stars don’t seem as obtrusive to the text. I kind of like the red bow if we go with the gold stars.

But Read Tuesday isn’t my event, its our event. So your opinions are just as important. You are encouraged to express them.

In case you haven’t heard, Read Tuesday will be a big day for selling and gifting books, like Black Friday, except for books. You can learn more about Read Tuesday (but note that the name has changed) through the link below:

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/red_tuesday_idea_for_boosting_book_sales/

Chris McMullen

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Read Tuesday Pictures—Need Suggestions

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Artist and cover designer Melissa Stevens (www.theillustratedauthor.net) has put together these drafts for the Read Tuesday image. You can find the alternates at the bottom of this post.

I need your help with this.

  • Do you like this concept?
  • What would you like to change?
  • There are many possibilities, like changing colors, brightening or darkening, adding or removing elements, adding other details. The door is wide open.
  • Which version appeals to you best?
  • Which colors or features do you like best?
  • Which colors or features do you like least?
  • What could we do to make this better?
  • If you would prefer something vastly different, please say what you would like.

Read Tuesday is for everyone, so if you have any opinions, please share them.

In case you haven’t heard, Read Tuesday will be a big day for selling and gifting books, like Black Friday, except for books. You can learn more about Read Tuesday (but note that the name has changed) through the link below:

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/red_tuesday_idea_for_boosting_book_sales/

Chris McMullen

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Draft of Author Sign-Up Form for Read Tuesday

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I made a draft of the author sign-up form for Read Tuesday. (In case you haven’t heard about it yet, you can learn more about Read Tuesday—a bookselling event like Black Friday—by clicking on the link below.)

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/red_tuesday_idea_for_boosting_book_sales/

The draft has ten questions and a note at the top. Some of the questions will be optional, most will be required (which are required should be clear when filling out the form).

Please look the draft over. If you have comments or think of something we should consider adding, please let me know.

We’ll have a separate form to sign up books (rather than authors), and we can also add separate forms for any small publishers or booksellers that may wish to participate in the event.

Remember, it’s just a draft. (So don’t try to complete the form yet.) Once it’s ready, I’ll post a link to the form, and all you’ll have to do to participate is complete the form online and press a magic submit button. Then I can create a database of the answers at anytime.

Click on the link below to open the form. (It’s a PDF file. Be sure to scroll down to the subsequent pages, or you’ll only see the first few questions.)

Author Sign-up for Read Tuesday

In the note at the top, you can see that I gave myself a silly title, just to show you that I’m really unimportant—that’s what titles are for, right? (Read Tuesday is about many authors providing a great program for thousands of readers, not about any one person or group of people.)

Regarding the image above with the red curtains… I got this idea that we might be able to stir up a little pre-launch buzz for Read Tuesday, and I thought closed curtains like you see in a theater just before a big show might be a good idea. However, the primitive method that I used resulted in a highly pixelated image. I put an image on the Read Tuesday website, the Twitter page, and the Facebook fan page, so at least anyone who visits these sites will see that something is in the works. (These sites are otherwise empty.) I was going to suggest that we post this picture on our blogs, and perhaps even create a few posts to try to stir up some pre-launch buzz for the Read Tuesday event (you can see one image on my sidebar to the right), but since it’s rather pixelated, I decided not to suggest this.

Actually, it’s hard to notice the pixelation on the small sidebar image, so adding these red curtains to all our sidebars might not be a bad idea after all. Feel free to add it to yours and to spread the word. You’re welcome to copy the red curtain image (either above or from the sidebar).

In about a week, we should have much nicer images to work with to help brand the Read Tuesday program. When these are available, I will let you know, and that’s when the Read Tuesday sites will launch.

Chris McMullen