Want to Join the BBs?
Who are the BBs?
BB stands for Book Bitches – the name of my Street Team. The BBs are a group of readers who like my stories and are willing to spread the word about my books.
What’s in it for Kate?
The benefits to the author are clear. At least one person in each state spends time talking to people about your books. Commenting on blogs, participating in chat rooms, on the kindle boards. Because the way most people learn about new authors is word of mouth. And the more mouths the better. The author tells the group what to say, and where. The member does what they can to promote the author.
What’s in it for readers?
What’s in it for the BBs? Exclusive material. Prizes. Access to the author. (Not such a big deal with me. Every one has access!) I plan to do book giveaways, T-Shirts, even a Bree MacGowan Calendar. I’ll post some exclusive material. Short stories. Maybe even some of my poetry. There will be ARCs (advance readers’ copies) for my street team, among other things. Oh, and don’t forget the exclusive street team T-shirt only for BBs.
What does a BB do?
What am I looking for in a street team member? You have to sincerely like my work. If you’re only doing it for the swag it will start to show. It’s really important to me that the people you are reaching feel your sincerity. You don’t have to believe that I write the best books in the world (because then you’d be delusional), but you do need to like the characters and the storytelling. A Street team member must be willing to engage with people on the internet. I will tell you when and where and pretty much what I’d like you to say, but you have to be willing to do the posting and conversing. And where possible I’d also like you to talk about the books in actual bookstores. This may not be an issue for too long, there may not be many bookstores left soon.
Here’s the way it will work: I have an exclusive facebook page for my posse and when you let me know that you want to join I’ll send you an invitation and away we’ll go. The first thing I’ll ask you to do is to like my author page and send me your address so I can send you a welcome package. We’ll progress from there. You do what you can, when you can and I’ll reward the group. Sound like fun? I hope so. Because I need you. Authors in the twenty-first century need discoverability. That’s what a street team gives us.