Friday, March 7, 2014

Eden Forest By Aoife Marie Sheridan Blog Tour + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop in the EDEN FOREST Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! Today we have a Guest post by author and a awesome Giveaway!

eden forest 

Eden Forest
(Saskia Trilogy #1)
Published: September 28th 2012
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty one year old. With family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a world parallel to earth.

When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world she steps into, a world where magical abilities are in everyone’s possession.

She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief. A guardian who captures her heart, and a darkness that wants to take it.
On this journey Sarajane discovers her magical abilities and realizes they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested, as her loved ones are put at risk. The question she must ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?

What have you learned from your experiences that you didn’t know, before becoming a published writer?
Firstly I didn’t know a thing about marketing and didn’t understand it at all. When I wrote Eden Forest I was delighted, and patted myself on the back for a job well done. Now just place my book on Amazon and let the fun begin.

No. How wrong was I. Marketing my book was the only way to get it out there. So I kept notes on what I found helped and what didn’t.

Marketing is by far one of the hardest things to do. But this is what I learned from my own experience’s along the way:

What becomes a must:

Facebook Fan page

This allows all your fans to interact with you, on a regular basis. I personally find facebook a very effective tool. Fan's that love your work, want to know what you’re up to, and what you have been doing.

Facebook also gives the option to pay for promotion - I did it recently just to see how effective it is. So I spent 16.00 euro on promoting an event and so far 140 have added themselves to my event but also have liked my fan page. Will this increase sales? I don't know. Will they really turn up to the event? That I don't know either, but I will find out when the event is over.

Twitter - I am unsure if this is a great sales tool, it’s more like just getting the word out on what you’re doing. I have over 1,000 followers do they hang on my last word, hmmm no, they only thing I like about twitter is that your followers will re-tweet for you and that is what becomes effective. I would tweet about three times a day, not always but that is my objective. Tweets come in so fast yours will be buried under everyone else's. So just to make sure I have been heard I tweet three times a day about the exact same thing.

Website - This by far I find the most powerful tool. A good structured website. It's not enough just to set one up, but you must keep it updated and fresh. offers web design, at the easiest level.

Also to join Goodreads and enlist as an author. This brings your book into the spotless of countless readers. There are groups on Goodreads that will give tips and tricks for marketing also. I recently reviewed an author’s book, and was horrified to see it wasn't on Goodreads. I wouldn't mind it was outstanding. So I added it for her four people have added her book to their list, of books to read. It really shows that Goodreads, is affective, that's four more people that know about this author.

Blogging: The worst thing you could do is this - "Buy my book out now", I don't want to see that, and nobody does, I will just ignore this blog as it holds no interest for me. But what does - be creative and most of all have fun. For my own book I blog once a week about a fact. example: my book is set in medieval times so therefore only candles where used. So i would blog a fact about how candles where made in medieval times. and then associate it back to my back at the end of the post. Every time I do this I get three new followers as opposed to screaming about my book. Also get visual Pinterest is a great place to start. Pin pictures that are associated with your story.

So checklist for a blog

Have at least two blogs (My opinion) as you can link them to all your accounts as in (facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Google + ect). Then post visually once a day and post a fact once a week. It doesn't block up people that follow you, and your pictures get their attention.

Press Release: Another great way to spread the word about you and your book:

I use PRLOG its free and very effective. When I sent out my PR I got 1235 hits in less than five days. You can send up 5 per week, and once again it's FREE. Here is the link just encase anyone is interested.

Connecting with readers is the hardest. But there are a few things that you could do. Firstly when featured on someone's blog, always keep an eye out when you’re featured and check the replies left, which will be by readers that are interested in your work, talk with them and give them your time, it might be one reader at a time but good manners pays off.

Secondly there is a site called you can join display your writing, and do an e-book giveaway whenever you like, it's readers that enter the competitions for your book - it's based on points. Anyway whoever bids the highest wins and you get their email address to send them on the e-book attach all your information blog, website, facebook fanpage, twitter ect. You will see they will check in to your accounts and leave comments that you should respond to.

Create a group - I created a group a group on facebook my personal page called Reviews of fantasy/Paranormal books 17 people joined so far only 3 authors. Already I have been in contact with two readers enjoying my reviews and went and got the books - then they asked me did I write fantasy. Told them about my book and one of them ordered it off amazon and is reading it now. I notice they keep an eye on every post I make.

Also never forget that authors can be your biggest fans too, I have met some amazing authors on a group called the writers network, run by Bruce Goldwell and a few of them have got my book and helped promote my work, so that is why I decided to review authors books- not well known ones, to give something back, it's about helping one another. Working on your own is like throwing a pebble into a lake, now imagine throwing a boulder in the impact is enormous.

I know it seems slow but what you are getting is genuine fans, even if your building them one at a time.

This is all through my own experience and I feel I will learn new things every day, as each day technology is changing, so we need to keep changing with it.

Aoife Marie SheridanAoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with mills and boon’s books, given to by her grandmother her love for romances grew, by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.

Aoife had a passion for writing poetry or in her eyes her journal entries. It was something she did throughout her teens and into her twenties. Aoife won first place for two of her poems and had them published at a young age of just nineteen. Realising she needed to get a real job (What writing isn’t) she studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until her passion for reading returned and she found Maria V Snyder. Poison study one of her favourite books has been read and re-read countless times.

Aoife’s first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born. Now with her first novel published and taking first place for Eden Forest with Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and is currently working on her third book for the Saskia Trilogy amongst other new works.

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  1. Great advice and SO many authors have no clue what to do once a book is done - and it's normal too especially if you've never been part of the blogger community before. I do think being active on social media and putting yourself out there - chatting with bloggers etc is a fantastic way to make yourself known. It's also hard now because of all the author/blogger drama a lot of bloggers are hesitant to read a self published book unless they know the author so it's even more important to become a name they recognize and have seen around. Thanks for being on the tour, Alicia! :)

  2. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to try and win

  3. Aoife…hi, I happened upon this blog today while looking for a contact…in the meantime I recognized your title, as I did a guest post tour host day for you last month through another tour co. I have to tell you that first of all this host is remarkable! She's done a perfect job bringing attention to your work…and that's why I'm writing you…after reading what the book is about, I'm going right off to buy it…! THIS is the introduction/blurb you should always use for this book…I went back to look at what I had and it was very different, I did not get this kind of information about what your story is about…I actually would love a re-do with your post, because this sounds like a great read! And it's one that would definitely fit in with my YA Fantasy genre' blog/followers. I simply needed to point this out... Well done and good luck on the tour…June from pressed leaf publishing.

    1. Hi June, Thank you so much for your comment. Yeah I have to blurb's for Eden Forest and City of Secrets and switch between them but thank you for drawing my attention to the better one. It's always so hard to know which one is more effective, I have about ten of them, always trying to get my story across in such a short amount of words is such a challenge. Thank you so much for getting my book, and i really hope you enjoy it.

      Aoife :)

      Also thank you so much Alicia for having me on your blog. :)


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