I was on Joe Konrath's blog earlier and was struck by an excellent idea he mentions in the post. In this interview between Joe and Blake Crouch, they discuss the idea of Cloud Computing:
Blake: According to Wikipedia: Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet).
By providing fans (readers, hotties) direct access to our works, and the works of others we recommend, we're providing a service.
Joe: It's not about what you have to sell. It's what you have to offer.
Blake: They're coming to our websites already, so they already know us and want to buy us. We're making it easy, and offering suggestions of other authors to buy. With fifty authors all in the same cloud, doing the same thing, we can reach a lot of people, and sell a lot of books.
If we choose these authors carefully (good writers with decent followings who write in similar genres) we can expand our brands, and our fanbases, exponentially.
So I'm inviting other authors who write in similar genres to myself to exchange book covers and purchase links on our blogs. What do you all think?
Are you thinking about putting the links and covers in posts, or as sidebar links on the blog page? I'm not interested in doing the latter (my blog page is crowded enough already), but I'd be glad to put those into a post (or to put up guest posts for other writers, and write guest posts for them--that way everybody gets to control what is said about their books). I write in a lot of genres--I'm genre-promiscuous--but most commonly horror and thrillers/crime, so we'd be a pretty likely match. Website (which is really in need of an update) is here, blog is here.
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