Now that is a good way to start a Friday! I discovered this website/blog through Jessica Brody’s website. I had recently won a signed copy of her book The Fidelity Files (which I will be reviewing on the blog sometime soon and get a interview with Brody too) and I went in search of her official website to learn more about her and her novel. Through her website I found out that she had recently created a wonderful website/blog called Free Book Friday. I love winning free books that this website immediately had my loyality to weekly visits and especially since Brody has a podcast interview of the authors she has on the website on iTunes. Recently Jessica Brody contacted me because she noticed that I was one of the followers of her website Free Book Friday and she checked out that my blog which she thought was awesome! She also wanted to send me the press release for Free Book Friday in hopes that I might post something on the blog and help spread the word! They’re also giving away a Top Referrer bonus to the site that sends the the most hits (tracked by Google Analytics) so I immediately got to writing an e-mail back to her.
When I wrote to her back I asked her if she had any banner or badge/button art work that I could link up here on my blog and on my website so that my readers could be linked back to her website Free Book Friday. Brody told me she had something and would work on it a bit and send it back to me. So on the right side half way through the blog you will see a couple of badges/buttons and the Free Book Friday badge/button is the first one. Under it is the code that you can use to put that badge/button onto your on website or blog to spread the word to everyone. Here is the copy of the press release she sent me:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Debut Author Finds Success in Giving Away Books
Los Angeles, CA—October 26, 2008—Jessica Brody, author of The Fidelity Files (St. Martin’s Press—2008) was searching for creative new ways to market her debut novel and collaborate with fellow authors at the same time. She noticed that free giveaways seemed to be highly effective in driving website traffic so she came up with the idea for FreeBookFriday.com, a website that, true to its name, promotes authors by giving away free books every Friday.
“I started the site just as a fun way to promote my book and network with other authors, but the response has been overwhelming,” says Brody, who after only six short weeks has seen weekly visitor growth rates in the 300 percent range. “We have already filled up the rest of 2008 with an outstanding list of participating authors and have started a wait list for 2009.”
The initial draw to the site is clearly the giveaways, but the hook that keeps visitors coming back is the content. Not only can readers enter to win a free autographed book, but Brody also hosts a weekly author interview podcast to promote the featured author. “I love connecting with fellow authors every week. Not only does it help me with my writing, but it gives readers a unique insight into the creative process behind some of their favorite titles.”
This week (October 26th) FBF is hosting a special Halloween Edition, featuring one of the reigning queens of vampire novels, P.C. Cast whose House of Night series has been on the NYT Bestseller list for 25 weeks straight and has more than one million copies in print. Website visitors can listen to an exclusive interview with P.C. and enter to win a free signed copy of her latest release, UNTAMED (St. Martin’s, 2008)
“The response to UNTAMED has been so great, I decided to launch a spin-off of the main site specifically targeting teen readers,” says Brody, who is also working on a Romance Edition, scheduled to launch in early 2009.
The new site, Free Book Friday Teens, will launch November 1, 2008.
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About Free Book Friday:
The concept is simple. Each week, a new author is featured with an exclusive author interview podcast and a drawing to win free signed copies of his/her book. Website visitors are asked to sign up to be eligible and winners are chosen at random and posted on the site every Friday morning. Hence the name, “Free Book Friday!”
For more information, please visit: Free Book Friday or contact its founder, Jessica Brody at: firstname.lastname@example.org