Friday, October 28, 2016

Morning-ish all!

Just stopping by all quick like to let you know, there's new, easy way to subscribe to the Hook Me Up! Newsletter on the Gini Koch: Hairspray & Rock and Roll Facebook fan page.  If you take a look-see at the side menu, you'll now find a lovely Subscribe to Hook Me Up! option.
You know you want to get all the latest news and be ready for the return of the contests! Click the link, give Gini your email and enjoy Hook Me Up! for news and exclusives from the Giniverse.

Catch you on the Flipside...

P.S. No I don't really sleep. Good for you, not so much telemarketers I talk to on extreme caffeine

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

iBook Sci-fi Romance Sale Starts Today!

iBooks readers! Starting October 25 (TODAY) through November 8, beef up your iPad, or iPhone library with great sci-fi romance e-books on sale now, courtesy of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade!

Your girl Gini's Alien series book one - Touched By an Alien - is part of the sale, and you can pick it up right now for $1.99.  At that price, tell your fellow iBooks readers you know will love it!

Head over to the iBooks Store now and check out all the great titles included:

Alien Attachments by Sabine Priestly
Abducted by Evangeline Anderson
Anja's Star by Lyn Brittan
Keir by Pippa Jay
Outbreak by Veronica Scott
Trapped by Alison Aimes
Atrophy by Jess Anastasi
Grim by MK Eidem
Prophecy by Lea Kirk
Rege's Rescue by Dena Garson
River's Run by SE Smith
Stranded with the Cyborg by Cara Bristol
Assigned a Mate by Grace Goodwin
Hope's Folly by Linnea Sinclair
The Champion of Baresh by Susan Grant
On a Rogue Planet by Anna Hackett
The Key by Pauline Baird Jones
Dark Runner by Cathryn Cade
Pets in Space by various 
Breathing Vapor by Cynthia Sax
Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch 

Your electronics will thank you.

NOTE For PC Users: You can find and buy the books, too, but the url will not take you directly to them. The url will take you to download iTunes, so if you don't have it already, now's your chance (it's free). If you already have iTunes, head over to it, choose Books, then the Romance category, then look for the SciFi Romance: Limited Time Pricing selections and go wild! - 

Happy Shopping!...because books
- Ro

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Pre-orders...they're kind of a Big Deal

Calling All Alien Collective Members:

We need to have a family meeting - don't worry no one's in trouble so no need to fear hearing your full name during roll call...
*shudders at the internal echo of mom's stern voice*

I'm sure many of you've noticed the increased publicity blitz in anticipation of book releases on the interwebs. You've also probably noticed these book campaigns kicking off earlier and earlier. 

Why you ask? -- fine, so you didn't but I'm gonna throw some knowledge at you anyway.

Publishers, retailers, vendors, media sources - heck even other readers - not only want to know who's waiting with baited breath (alright that's probably an exaggeration) to get their hands on an author's next book but who's ready to put their money down right then, and there.  

ok it may be just me who gets like this when
I get a book release date notification.
The push is to coax readers to pre-order new books as soon (and as much) as possible. 

They know authors (hopefully) have faithful followers and they know these fans are a book-buying mad bunch of bibliophiles. 

Why does this matter so much you ask?  -- ok, you didn't but I'm still gonna put you in the know: 

Pre-orders are the great predictor, the magic eight ball, the magic mirror on the wall if you will - and their importance is greatly increased in the publishing world.   

As a writer Gini's gotta bring the words and the worldbuilding; as author with publishing deals, Gini needs to bring in the book pre-orders, too. 

Why else does it matter you ask? (obviously you sense my theme by now...)

Robust pre-sales can impact:
  1. How may books a vendor initially orders and whether they make subsequent orders - print runs determine whether a title can make the USA Today or New York Times Bestseller lists...or not 
  2. What format a publisher decides to make a book in - trust me getting a physical book is not guaranteed  
  3. If an author gets a contract extension or even gets to complete their existing contract 
We want Gini's publisher to know we're excited about the next book so they keep the Gini writing giving us new books.  

Pre-order sales, along with the books sold at first release, count towards the first week sales numbers. 

Maximizing initial sales establishes bestseller contenders (wouldn't it be great to push Gini up on the lists?) and can impact the fate of future books. 

The next Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Kat book, Alien Nation, is set for release on December 6, 2016.  It is available for pre-order at major and independent bookstores and online book retailers now:
The Poisoned Pen

Gini releases two books in the Alien series a year - that means the pre-order cycle can be fast and furious. So let's help her by getting those Alien Nation pre-orders in and to wave that banner to her publisher that the book's on our radar

We want the Giniverse to keep the lights on. 

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Gini Koch, Featured Faculty Member

I don't know about you, but October equals watching Hocus Pocus and finding ways to work "dead man's toes" into conversation. It's a moral imperative because HALLOWEEN!!

annnny-hooo the leaves continue to turn and the moon does its waxing and waning thing, Gini heads out to spend this weekend in Richmond, Virginia. 

If you've ever wanted to get writing advice from Gini - she's part of the Faculty for the 14th Annual James River Writers Conference - so here's your shot. 

Going to be in the Richmond area or up for a weekend visit? Check out the learning opportunities and sign up to a class or two! 

Come, learn things...Gini's Conference Schedule 
Friday, October 14th
11:15am-1:15pm, Workshop: Building Characters, aka the Most Important Part of Any Story
2:00-4:00pm, Workshop: World Building – Creating a full world without info dumping, aka Don’t Bore the Reader 

Saturday, October 15th

10:00-11:00am, Panel: Suspending Disbelief – the Art of World Building11:15am-12noon, Panel: Sweet Nothings: Insight, Secrets, and Intimate Details of Romantic Fiction

3:30-4:30pm, Panel: Writing Faster and Smarter: Habits, Apps, and Ideas for Today’s Writer 

Sunday, October 16th
11:30am-12:30pm, Panel: Sing It From the Mountaintops: the Fine Art of Promotion 

Be not afraid, Gini thought of all the non-conference goers out there: 

Gini's set up a signing on Sunday, October 16th at 3:00 pm ET at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond Virginia. 

This signing is open to the public so bring your friends, come make new friends, and see your author-friend! 

Ask some questions, get your copy of the latest from Alien series: Camp Alien -- or any over her titles -- signed and chat. There's a Food With Fans event immediately after, so bring your appetite and plan to have a meal with your girl Gini!

If you've preordered (and you should totally preorder) Alien Nation, bring your receipt -
Gini's bringing bookplates to personalize. 

This post a drive-by to let you know Gini is on the move! 

- Ro 

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