In Search of… a Street Team

The release date of May 5, 2015 marks my calendar. On that day, the novella Reflections from a Pondering Heart wings its way to readers. As a first-time publisher of an independent title, I’m doing what even traditional authors do – seeking help from my readers.

If you follow my blog, I expect that means you think my writing is read-worthy. Perhaps you’re here for the fantasy titles my author tagline promises. Maybe you like reading about my writing journey and aren’t interested in my fiction at all.

Bottom line: I need you.

In order to get the word out about my upcoming novella, I need people who will read and review it – before the official release. I want people who aren’t afraid to tell all their friends about the book – after they read and love it.

(Obviously, if you read it and aren’t all that impressed, you aren’t obligated to continue any further. I hope that won’t be the case, but reading pleasure is subjective.)

What the Book is about

Here’s a rough “back cover” blurb for Reflection from a Pondering Heart:

Living in Galilee near the dawn of the First Century, Mary is a simple girl dreaming of her upcoming wedding. In a single moment, a heavenly messenger changes the course of her future.

During the next thirty-three years, Mary pours the pondering of her heart onto the pages of a journal. From a nearly-broken betrothal to a strenuous journey in her final weeks of pregnancy, Mary’s innermost musings reveal the heart of this “handmaiden of the Lord.”

What might it have been like to see your firstborn son rise as a notable prophet? How would his ministry affect the rest of his earthly family? Read the story of the Gospel from the perspective of the woman chosen by the Lord chose to mother His only Son.

What is a Street Team?

A street team is simply a group of readers who believe in an author’s work and agree to help promote it.

This promotion can be as simple as sharing status updates on your Facebook timeline and tweeting about reviews, blogs and releases. It will certainly require you to post a review on Goodreads and Amazon.

A street team provides the biggest impetus for book sales – word of mouth. Team members reach out to their circle of friends and acquaintances and encourage them to try the book.

What it means for you

This novella is a story from the perspective of Mary, the mother of Jesus. If you think you would enjoy such a story and wouldn’t mind writing reviews, posting about it on Facebook and telling people you know about where to buy it, would you consider applying for this street team?

For about three weeks, I will ask you to post something to your preferred social media. One thing per day so your friends aren’t annoyed. I’ll provide the text, images and ideas for sharing them.

If this sounds like something you could commit to, please click here and complete the form. That’s it.

If you complete this contact form, you’ll receive an email from me notifying you that you’ve been selected to “audition” for my Street Team. You’ll have the opportunity to unsubscribe at that time.

In about one month, I will send you an ARC (advance review copy) with another questionnaire (5 to 10 questions). Since this is a novella-length book (less than 40,000 words), I hope you would be able to read it and return the questionnaire by April 20.

After I review the completed questionnaires, I will notify people if they’ve been recruited for my street team. So basically what signing up here means is:

You get a free eBook

That’s it. If you have any interest in this at all, please complete the form. Thank you.

Join the Pondering Heart Street Team

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