…GoReadMe!… m’Lady, Susan M. Toy’s fabulous idea for Authors and Readers…

…from daft ideas often come the next ‘great thing… the following Guest Post from my dear friend and fellow scribbler, Susan Toy, may interest other Writers and Readers… feedback on it is encouraged… please let us know if this is sum’thing yeez could support:

GoReadMe! – an idea on Crowd Reading

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Susan M. Toy.

The marvelous Seumas Gallacher posted a status update to Facebook, a joke really, that had me laughing out loud here in my little trailer …

“…thinking of doing a GoFundMe thingy for a movie about my ‘To Be Read’ pile on my ebook Reader… calling it ‘Kindler’s List’… all contributions welcome… J”

Then an idea struck me – “What if,” I thought (those great little words that lead to the beginning of many great ideas, stories and novels). And I wrote a message to the kind sir himself, running past him first the kernel of this tiny idea that was forming, just to see if he thought it to be a good one himself. He did, and then I offered to write a guest blog post for him, after I’d given the whole thing – as to full concept and execution – more thought.

So here it is … the GoReadMe Campaign!

First, let’s go back a little way in time to a blog post I published in March of this year on the perennial subject that’s of interest to all authors – Looking for Readers in All the Right Places. https://islandeditions.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/looking-for-readers-in-all-the-right-places-2/ (I had actually blogged about this dilemma a couple of times previous and those links are included in this post. If you are an author looking for readers then I suggest you read about all my previous ideas.)

We’re all familiar with the GoFundMe campaigns Mr. Gallacher mentioned in his joke. They come in many different guises and are meant to help creators and business people raise the necessary funds required to launch and cover the expenses of producing a project by involving their friends directly in that financing.

So, when Seumas combined the idea of crowdfunding with the concept of a film about enormous to-be-read piles of books (which, to be honest, every single reader worth their salt has in their homes as well as on their eReaders, etc.), I laughed out loud, as I mentioned above, but then I began to think. So I sent him a private message:

“Seumas, your GoFundMe campaign to finance a film, Kindler’s List, had me laughing! But then, I thought … What about setting up a campaign called GoReadMe, and instead of raising money we raise awareness for reading and reading our books in particular? What do you think? I would love to take a crack at developing this idea into a thing and writing a guest blog post about the “campaign” for your blog that we can all then promote on our own blogs. Do you have any thoughts as to how we could present this campaign? Would we have a goal to find, say, 50 readers who will commit to buy and read a certain book or books by a certain author? Would love to hear your thoughts on this. It could be fun!”

And Seumas’s reply was simply, “terrific idea , m’Lady ”

Okay, so I used the words “What about” and not “What if” – same thing, essentially.

The point is that I’ve given more thought to this idea since first presenting it to SG and here are my new thoughts as to how it might work …

We choose an author who is interested in finding new readers for their books. Let’s begin with Seumas, since this is his blog, after all, and he was the one who started my brain rolling in this particular direction.

We make the announcement that we are beginning a GoReadMe! Campaign (and I’ve just added the exclamation point there to the name, because I think it looks better …) for this author and we’re looking for 50 new readers who will “pledge” to read either one of the author’s books or a specific title. Not only will they pledge to read the book themselves, but they’ll also agree to recommend that book to another reader who will join in on the GoReadMe! Campaign. That way, we only need to find 25 unique readers, because those new readers will find the other 25 for us. The campaign lasts a month, let’s say, during which time the author, and the author’s friends, promote the campaign, and the author keeps a public tally on their blog of the number of people who have pledged, and their names (or those who wish to remain “anonymous”), who have committed to reading a book and finding other new readers for it. Simple!

And, if friends have already read the author’s book(s) but still wish to become involved in the GoReadMe! Campaign, they can help by promoting this idea to their friends, encouraging others to become involved in reading this author’s great books!

In the end, what the “Readers” receive by pledging in this way is a warm/fuzzy feeling of not only discovering and reading a new book by a great author, but also the knowledge that they are helping to promote reading in general by becoming involved in this campaign in particular and encouraging more people to read.

By the way, I believe that the personal recommendation of a book by a friend is a much more effective way (word-of-mouth) of promoting a book than any review on Amazon or Goodreads, so that’s why I’m not suggesting that “write a review” be a requisite for readers pledging to take part in this campaign. No pressure, folks! Just pledge to read the book and find at least one other new reader. What can be simpler than that?

So, let’s begin the experiment, shall we?

Announcing … the GoReadMe! Campaign for Seumas Gallacher!

We need 50 people to pledge to read at least one of Seumas’s Jack Calder novels (listed below) and to recommend to one other reader that they do the same. You have 30 Days during which to pledge. This Campaign ends on Sept. 22. Please sign up in the comments section of this blog post. Thanks for taking part in this initial GoReadMe! Campaign!

Links to Seumas’s books:

THE VIOLIN MANS LEGACY

myBook.to/theviolinmanslegacy

VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK

myBook.to/vengeancewearsblack

SAVAGE PAYBACK

myBook.to/savagepayback

KILLER CITY

myBook.to/calderkillercity

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81 responses to “…GoReadMe!… m’Lady, Susan M. Toy’s fabulous idea for Authors and Readers…

  1. Reblogged this on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing and commented:
    Thanks to Seumas Gallacher for not thinking this to be such a daft idea after all and publishing my guest post about it on his blog!

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  2. Reblogged this on lucinda E Clarke and commented:
    This might be a great idea – what do you thinkT

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  3. Yup I’m in – hopefully we will have a turn being featured at some time in the future? I am desperate to find new readers. I think I’ve saturated my small pool. Off to purchase one of Sean’s books now.

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  4. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    NOTE:
    This Campaign ends on Sept. 22.
    Please sign up in the comments section of the original blog post.
    👍🐵

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  5. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Susan Toy guest posting with Seumas Gallacher with an excellent idea.. Another way to find readers for your books with the chance of some reviews and also more books sold.. head over and read the entire post…

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  6. What a great idea, Susan!

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  7. It’s a great idea. Since I write children’s books most of the ones I review fit into that genre, but I have reviewed a few others.

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  8. Another terrific idea, Susan (do you ever sleep?). I’m happy to Goread! Seumas – loved his “Savage Payback” and hadn’t yet got to reading the first in that series, “The Violin Man’s Legacy.” Now I will, and it’s an easy recommendation – it’s my husband’s kind of book. Thanks Susan, Thanks Seumas.

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  9. I would very much like to be counted in, great idea, and will read Killer City which I have been wanting to read for ages! Do we just purchase and go ahead? I will certainly leave a review too.

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  10. I would love to be a part of Seamus’ review group, please count me in.

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  11. Reblogged this on decidinglybob and commented:
    Please note the campaign ends on 22nd September, so get signed up.

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  12. Reblogged this on blindoggbooks and commented:
    Attention authors and readers…check out the latest brainstorm from Susan Toy – GoReadMe! I will be reading Savage Payback and recommending it to some other lucky reader! Get on board!!

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  13. Great, I will get started in the next day or two !

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  14. Thanks, everyone. Is reading and reviewing Seamus’ book the first step? Would we need to buy it or would we get a pdf copy? Sorry about the questions, but, like I mentioned, new things make me uncertain.

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    • …hi, m’Lady, Deanie……I think it works best of course for the authors if people download a book or books, but as I’ve made known elsewhere, anyone who is kind enuff to do so with any of my titles for this campaign. please advise me on my email at seumasgallacher@yahoo.com and I’ll be pleased to send you, free of charge a Word copy or mobi copy of my SELF-PUBLISHING STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL SALES…. cheeeeeeeeeers

      Mwaaaaah 🙂

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      • Thank you I”ll start reading your first book and keep you updated. I have 5 children’s books to share.. We are working on my first picture book, so I’ll be very excited when it’s ready. It’s a new project for my sister and I.
        🙂

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  15. What a great idea! It’s like a breath of fresh air in the marketing minefield.
    I don’t have a blog, and I’m not about to start one. Heaven knows, life is complicated enough and I already find it difficult to keep up with the flow of electronic mail that ours in. But maybe there are other ways of contributing to the campaign. I do read books and have already read one of Seamus’s books ,so will choose another and tell my friends about it too. I’ll probably even write a review as a contribution to the campaign.

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    • Thanks, ianmathie! And you don’t need a blog to be able to spread the word about books or this campaign in particular. If you’re on social media, share it there! Or send out a link to this blog to your email list, if you have one. Readers will always welcome your recommendations, if you’ve enjoyed a book. Thanks for pledging to participate!

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      • My pleasure.
        Sorry I spelled you name wrong Seumas. As a Scot, that’s how it would be in our version of Gaellic. 🙂 Then again, we’d probably call you Hamish !
        I’ve downloaded Savage Payback. 🙂

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  16. I have Seumas’s book “The Violin Man’s Legacy” on my Cloud account. I’m read it and do a review on my blog, therefore letting any who read my blog read about the book. Hopefully that’ll bring in some additional readers. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  17. Have not yet looked at the offerings, but have been meaning to. Will now head to Amazon and download a copy (of one – I already have that Kindler’s List!). Will also share this in as many ways as I can. Great idea!

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  18. Reblogged this on Wild and Woolly Wordsmithing and commented:
    Boosting the signal for this AWESOME idea… why hasn’t anyone thought of this before. Go ReadMe!!! Because Jack Calder. Just Sayin’ Can’t go wrong with a kick arse hero in a kilt!!!

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  19. Reblogged this on graemecummingdotnet and commented:
    I have been making an effort in the last few years to support indie authors by buying their books and reviewing them. Some of those books are, frankly, better than others. Nevertheless, it does us good to try new authors and, particularly for those of us who are Indies ourselves, we do need to support those who slave over hot keyboards on a regular basis.
    This post on Seumas’s page – but from the keyboard of Susan M. Toy – has given me a kick in a particular direction, and one that I find strangely exciting. I’m reading another book at the moment (by a non-Indie), but if it doesn’t improve soon I’ll be ditching it and getting stuck into The Violin Man’s Legacy. It’ll certainly be read before the deadline – the blurb alone makes it sound more interesting than the so-called established author’s.
    Anyway, have a read of the post yourself – it offers some lovely new phrases if nothing else

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  21. Reblogged this on Authors to Watch and commented:
    Join the GoReadMe! Campaign for Seumas Gallacher. What is a GoReadMe! campaign? Keep reading to find out.

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  22. Its a great idea! Count me in! I couldnt get any of the book links to work but dont worry… I know where to find you! 😁

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  23. Btw we should have a GoReadMe! Logo and hashtag!

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  24. Reblogged this on Stevie Turner, Indie Author. and commented:
    Will re-blog and download The Violin Man’s Legacy. Thanks for the info Susan!

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  28. What a creative idea. I would love a follow-up post (or link if it has already been posted) on how it has worked for Gallacher.

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