Monday 2 April 2018

Engaging Your Reader-Base: Guest Post by Chuck Vance

I wish there was a magic formula on how to engage your reader-base, but I suppose if that were the case then every single book would be a best seller. It’s pretty hard to know what books will resonate and what books will just fall by the wayside. My new book SNEAKING OUT is published by an independent small publisher, (Dunemere Books) and not one of the major conglomerate publishers, which makes it extra hard to gain traction. But we like to think of ourselves as the little engine that could and keep on trying.

I think you have to write an honest book, first and foremost. My story is about a murder at a boarding school and I try and keep it as legit as possible. When I was young and the Charlie Brown/Peanuts shows were on (usually just as holiday specials) it always bothered me that the adults didn’t have real voices and they spoke in this weird gibberish. It actually scared me. Where were the authority figures? So with SNEAKING OUT, I made sure there are adults around reminding the kids that although this terrible thing happened, they weren’t being left alone at the school at the mercy of a killer on the loose.  I want it based in reality, but that doesn’t mean that Luke Chase, my protagonist who is sixteen, isn’t the one who’s going to help solve the crime. It is fiction after all. And nowadays, teenagers seem to be the ones changing the world.
In terms of trying to get the word out, we enlisted ‘Junior Ambassadors’ to be early readers and use their social media forum of choice to let people know about the book. Through friends and our websites and Dunemere’s social media platforms we invited anyone under the age of eighteen to join our Ambassador program. On pub date, we randomly selected two of them as winners of Amazon gift cards ($250 each; not shabby!) Our ambassadors did a great job and many got their friends and even their school libraries to order the book.

Blog tours are the best, also. It has been great connecting with so many avid readers around the country (and abroad) and I am so impressed by the questions that I am asked. I would not have any idea what to ask even my favorite writer there have been very creative and original queries as I move from blog to blog. It has even helped me come up with ideas for the next book. I appreciate all of the interest and support and am grateful that I had the chance to connect with so many people. Thanks so much and I hope you like the book.
Author: Chuck Vance
Pub. Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Dunemere Books
Pages: 404
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: AmazonB&NTBDGoodreads

Could you sleep next to a murderer?

Luke Chase—yes, that Luke Chase, a modern hero ripped from the headlines—didn’t mean to get caught up in Mrs. Heckler’s murder. He just wanted to hook up with the hot new British girl at St. Benedict’s, and if that meant sneaking out to the woods after hours, then so be it. But little did he know someone would end up dead right next to their rendezvous spot, and his best friend and roommate Oscar Weymouth would go down for it. With suspects aplenty and a past that’s anything but innocent, Luke Chase reluctantly calls on his famous survival skills to find the true killer.

For fans of “A Study in Charlotte” and boarding school lit, “Sneaking Out” (book one in the “Chased” series) immerses readers in the privileged prep school world, with a mystery that exposes the dark side of life on a residential high school campus. 

About Chuck:
Chuck Vance is a pseudonym for a bestselling writer of both
adult mysteries and novels for young adults. Vance attended
boarding school in Connecticut and graduated from Columbia
University. Vance has lived in New York, Moscow, London,
Paris and Los Angeles and is frequently on the move.

Website | Goodreads

Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a finished copy of SNEAKING OUT & a $30 Amazon GC, US Only.
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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
3/26/2018- BookHounds YAInterview
3/26/2018- Bookish In BedReview

3/27/2018- Christen KrummGuest Post
3/27/2018- Between the PagesReview

3/28/2018- The Desert BibliophileReview
3/28/2018- Twirling Book PrincessExcerpt

3/29/2018- CrandomInterview
3/29/2018- Blushing BibliophileReview

3/30/2018- Novel NoviceGuest Post
3/30/2018- two points of interestReview

Week Two:
4/2/2018- Writer of WrongsGuest Post
4/2/2018- Life of A Simple Reader- Review

4/3/2018- books are loveReview
4/3/2018- Charlotte BrandReview

4/4/2018- Kati's Bookaholic Rambling ReviewsSpotlight
4/4/2018- Hauntedbybooks13Review

4/5/2018- Sweet Southern HomeExcerpt

4/6/2018- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post

4/6/2018- Wonder StruckReview

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