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Social Media Takeovers: An Unknown Phenomenon

Yesterday, Halloween 2017, I took part in the Dark Fantasy Books takeover and had a ball. ‘What’s a takeover?’ you may ask. That’s exactly the problem; most people don’t know what it is, let alone that they can participate. I’ll try and remedy this situation and hopefully help authors and readers alike. A win-win situation!

What is a Takeover?

According to the Collins English Dictionary, a takeover is the act of taking control of a country, political party, or movement by force. The takeover I’m talking about is less aggressive as it is a virtual party where various people take the reins and host the party for a limited time, usually half an hour. I have only done Facebook takeovers (two in total; I’m still a noob), but you can have them on any type of social media.

There should be guidelines to a takeover and the person organizing it usually lets all participants know what is expected. See it as a real party. First, you introduce yourself in a post. You talk a bit about where you’re from and what you do. Then you promote whatever you’re promoting in a couple of posts, including samples and links to your product. You usually end with a post on how people can contact you for more information.

Sounds like a boring sales talk? Wrong! Laced through this information are quizzes, games, funny anecdotes, unknown insights, and samples! People have to post funny GIFs, answer questions about topics of the takeover, and there are usually jokes. The crazier the questions, the crazier the answers, the more fun to be had!


Gain for Readers

Takeovers are so lucrative for readers! I was, again, amazed that all participants in the takeover were only authors. Apart from being lots of fun with quizzes and games, there are lots of free books up for grabs. Most authors give away prequels for free and the prizes are usually their books. Next to this, you get to know the author. You get a connection with them and this makes reading their books so much more interesting.

So you get a fab time and free books. What more could you ask for?

Gain for Authors

When you do a book takeover, you usually do it with a group of authors that write in your genre. It’s a great way to connect with like-minded spirits, read samples of their work, and make new friends. It is amazing how small the world becomes in this virtual reality. Best of all, your work gets seen by more people who hopefully will share your work, spread the word about your book, and possibly write a review.


I guess the key to a successful takeover is promotion. If you don’t promote the takeover well in advance, nobody will know about it and nobody will show up. You can use all social media available to spread the word. Do it clear and do it loud! The more attendees, the merrier 🙂

If you are a reader and you know an author, participate in a takeovers when they advertise one. Like I said, it’s a win-win situation!

Header image by Luiz Hanfilaque from Unsplash, edited by Jacky Dahlhaus

Party photo by Anthony DELANOIX from Unsplash.

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Happy New Year!

Hello again everybody,

Happy New Year! I wish you all a year filled with love, laughter and healthiness (if that is a word 🙂 ).

I just got back from my holiday and am almost back into the routine of things. The washing has been sorted and lays piled up in the laundry, waiting for their turn. Suitcases have been emptied and await their storage in the attic. Pre-holiday mess has not been cleared by pixies, so will have to deal with this still.


Also, an appointment with the GP has been made to unblock my ears. We went diving in the Maldives (I know, lucky me!) and I’ve got swimmers ear now. Never had the problem before and I have been diligent with cleaning my ears after every dive, but unfortunately it hasn’t helped this time. I sure hope they can fix the problem as it is a horrible sensation. I may try to use a home remedy of a mixture of rubbing alcohol and vinegar before the appointment. Waiting thirteen days with blocked ears to be seen by the doctor is a long time.

I found out this morning that my car has chucked a tantrum for not being used for almost a fortnight and refuses to budge from its spot. It starts up okay, just doesn’t want to move. Fortunately we are insured properly and somebody is coming to have a look at it within an hour. I feel disabled without being to move around as I please, so I hope it’s just some rusty break pads or the likes. Fingers crossed.


Writing wise nothing has happened over the holidays, but I’m sure you can imagine why. I did get some reading done though and have finished The Hostile (by Joy Mutter), Vesta Mansion (by P.A. Priddey), The Second Guess, (by Keith Dixon), and am about halfway of The Keresa Headdress (by Larry D. Schackelford). Not as much as I had hoped, but still a good effort if I may say so myself. I will put some reviews up soon. My New Year resolution is to read on a daily basis. I will probably set an hour apart every day for this purpose.

Anyway, enough chatter by me. More writing news in the days to come.


PS: Nobody got infected by me after my visit to Holland. Phew!

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Beta Readers Wanted!

Beta Reader

“An alpha reader or beta reader (also spelled alphareader / betareader, or shortened to alpha / beta), also pre-reader or critiquer, is a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption.[1] Beta readers are not explicitly proofreaders or editors, but can serve in that context.

Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass things such as plot holes, problems with continuity, characterisation or believability; in fiction and non-fiction, the beta might also assist the author with fact-checking.[2]

– Wikipedia –

I need as many as I can get! I have the book in .docx, .pdf, and .htm format; you choose 🙂

I like to bring my book ‘live’ two weeks before Halloween, so you’ll only have two weeks to read it. But if you do, and leave a review when my book goes live, I will be for ever in your debt… 🙂

Just in case you didn’t know what it’s about, here’s the blurb for the book:

Suckers Title

Kate didn’t plan on becoming a super-strong, photo-phobic blood-sucker during ‘Black October,’ but when a vampire-like pandemic breaks out, she has to flee to from her country town to escape the ‘suckers.’

For a moment she thought she was safe, but she was wrong. Very wrong.

Thrown into turmoil, action and drama, and falling in love with a sucker to top it all off, Kate has no choice but to pretend she is a sucker too.

Will love lure her over to the dark side…?


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New books to read!

I always want to help other writers and hence keep getting/buying their books. I have very little time to read at the moment, but I hope to be able to read more once my re-writes are done and the pressure is off.

In the mean time I thought I’d let you know what books I have acquired this last week, you might be interested in them too! Obviously I bought them in the UK, but you can always switch to the website to get them there. Here goes:


Chasing the Dream: A Sports Thriller  by J.D. Dudycha  – (£0.99)


Altered Life: The exciting debut of the gripping Sam Dyke detective thriller series (Sam Dyke Investigations Book 1)  by Keith Dixon  – (free kindle edition)


Language in the blood: Book 1  by Angela lockwood et al.  – (free kindle edition)

Red Sun Rises Box Set  by Victoria Kinnaird – (£1.50)
Please note: Prices noted are as when I bought them, they may have changed.


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Writers’ Corner Update 29/06/2016

Check out my Writers’ Corner Update 29/06/2016