Wednesday, 21 March 2012

How A-Z Fits into my Marketing Plan

I was inspired by the A-Z challenge Damyanti from Amlokiblogs did last year. At the end of the month, she had material to make up a book which she then went on to publish. I want to do the same thing this year.

My theme: I'm a crime writer, so I wanted to come up with a theme along this line. I decide to make each post based on an unusual way to die from each letter of the alphabet.

As an example, death by Air or death by Molasses. Each short story will be based on a true account of an unusual death or ways people died. Although the stories will only be based on a true account, they will be both interesting and informative.

And there's a contest!

If my readers can provide the correct event or person that died in that unusual way, they will collect a point and each person can collect up to twenty-six points. The top five will each receive a ten dollar amazon gift card or certificate at the end of the month.

34 comments:

  1. Hi Clarissa .. brilliant theme - very clever .. I shall enjoy the read .. and perhaps enter the competition if I'm clever enough to realise the story. Cheers Hilary

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  2. If I understand you, you're writing fictional stories about true events? Should be interesting.

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  3. Very creative Clarissa. I look forward to following the progress--and of course, learning new ways to expire.

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  4. My strategy is to use it to educate people on the book. Maybe I should have a contest. If only the book were in production I could give away free copies!

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  5. Great theme! I'm looking forward to your posts. Is there death by wormhole!

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  6. I love it! Can't wait to read them.

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  7. Oh wow!! What fun!! Yay!! Take care
    x

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  8. What an excellent idea. I can't wait to read them!

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  9. Awesome idea, Clarissa! This is a really clever interpretation for the A-Z Challenge. I'm looking forward to your posts!

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  10. Now that is really clever! Ties into your book without actually promoting your book - if you know what I mean. (Hopefully one of us does!)

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  11. Awesome! Sounds like fun! Love the contest idea. :)

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  12. How clever! I look forward to reading them. :)

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  13. I'm impressed and think it's an excellent plan. I look forward to reading each of your posts. I'm also interested in death by X! ;)

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  14. I love it! That's so awesome. And I think Damyanti inspired more than one person with her flash fiction idea. :)

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  15. Clarissa - What a wonderful idea for the A-Z challenge and for marketing your book! I am completely impressed! Soooo cool and I look forward to reading your posts!

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  16. Awesome idea, Clarissa! I'm looking forward to reading your posts.

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  17. Great theme. AtoZ is so much easier with a theme.

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  18. Oh cool. I can't wait to read these! Not that I plan on using any of them. Except maybe to write about. I'm really wondering now about "X" :)

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  19. Death by the Alphabet! I love it!

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  20. What a fantastic idea!! Can't wait to read what you come up with!

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  21. What a great idea... I think this is a very intriguing way to post for the A-Z...

    Congrats on an EXCELLENT idea.

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  22. How clever and exciting! Fantastic idea!

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  23. Sounds interesting, Clarissa. I'm looking for ways to die for another novel I've had lingering for more than a year, so I'll be checking in with you.

    I've been thinking about compiling what I did in the A-Z last year a la Damyanti, but you know how the time goes. Good luck with yours!

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  24. That sounds fun and something that will make the challenge exciting for you and for your readers.

    I'm going to be blogging about things in my book/writing as well. It'll make it easier to write all those entries.

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  25. Sounds like a great idea, Clarissa! I too am doing an a-z challenge and using thriller writing as my theme! But the story bit is even more challenging, I think.... Very best of luckl with it!

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  26. Very, very cool! Your blog will definitely one of those I'll be visiting everyday! :)

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  27. ah, creepy, sister, creepy ;)))

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  28. Interesting theme! Can't wait to read your A-Z posts; though I get the feeling I might be a bit paranoid by the end of it. LOL.

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  29. Look at you mixing up the A-Z! I love that book cover, and I think you've got a fantastic idea for a book. People always like reading weird death stories... LOL! :D

    Anyway, my online time is still kind of sadly limited, but I'll be checking out your posts! Good luck~ <3

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  30. Death by air? That's a curious way to go.

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  31. WOW! Sounds like a challenging idea. :)

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  32. It's an honor to bump into a blog of a female crime writer like you, Clarissa. I'm also fond of reading crime novels, especially the ones that are associated with a gangster theme (mi escritor favorito is none other than the renowned Italian American author, Mister Mario Puzo). I am sure you are familiar with his masterpiece, ""The Godfather.""

    I'd like to commend you for coming up with a marketing plan like this, Clarissa. Having a contest may tremendously increase your book's popularity.

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