December 29, 2014

#vlogagram Suggested Topics for January!

Like I said in the original #vlogagram post- you're welcome to talk about anything you like in your vlogs. Personally, coming up with something to say every week is sometimes hard for me, so I thought it might be helpful to post a schedule of suggested topics in case you're looking for something to talk about!

I'll try to give a mix of suggestions for writers and non-writers alike--you don't have to be in the book world to take part!

Since January starts on a Thursday, we get an extra week this month! Here are five topics. If you use one, just add the suggested hashtag to your post (and don't forget to include #vlogagram)!

January

Week One: Introduce yourself #hello

Week Two: Goals for the year, whether you do resolutions or give yourself one word for the year. #resolutions

Week Three: Most anticipated January 2015 book releases #Jan2015books OR

Week Four: What are you writing (or reading) right now? #rightnow OR

Week Five: Invent a character off the top of your head #characters


If you have suggestions for topics for next month, leave them in the comments below!


December 27, 2014

Introducing #vlogagram!

Hey gang!

Vlogging is my favorite way to communicate with you guys. For a while, I kept up a weekly series on my YouTube channel, Scrambled Megs. (I haven't vlogged since July 29, 2014. Oops.) One of my goals for 2015 is to get back into vlogging again, but I needed to find a way to make it simpler and easier to fit into my life. The 4-5 minute vlogs I recorded for Scrambled Megs often took me 1-2 hours to create (sometimes more).

I'm super into Instagram. You can find me there under megan_whitmer, and I post lots and lots of pictures of various aspects of my life (and I have zero shame about selfies). Today, I had an idea: rather than record a 4-5 minute vlog for YouTube, I could do 15 second vlogs on Instagram. I posted this idea to my Instagram account and had a few people say they'd be interested in doing it, too. So I thought I'd post something here to help us get organized.


If you've ever been interested in vlogging but the YouTube thing seems to complicated/time-consuming, Instagram is a great way to try it out. For one, there's no fancy video editing. (If you're into fancy video editing, you can still use iMovie to record a 15 second video and upload that to Instagram--but I'll just be doing the standard IG video). Secondly, it's 15 seconds. That takes no time at all. The fun part will be thinking of ways to make a point in 15 seconds. That kind of thing is just challenging enough to be interesting without being overwhelming, right?

So, wanna join in? Here's how:

1. Pick a topic. I'll post a schedule here with suggested topics for the week. You're welcome to use those if you need an idea of something to say, but you're absolutely welcome to ignore the suggested topic and talk about whatever you want.

You can use this however you like. Bring attention to issues that are important to you. Direct viewers to your blog if you have something longer to say. Make announcements. Give updates. It can be serious. It can be silly. It can be both. It's 15 seconds. Be creative.

2. Record your 15 second video.

3. Post it with whatever caption you like- but you have to include the hashtag (#vlogagram) so other vlogagrammers can find you! (Sidenote: I am like, bizarrely excited that this hashtag isn't already in use. I am such a nerd.)

*Tip: You might want to create a hashtag just for your videos and use that in addition to the #vlogagram one. The #vlogagram hashtag will be an easy way to unify all of our posts and make it easy to find everyone, and adding a second unique hashtag of your own will be an easy way for people to find your specific vlogs without having to sift through the rest. 

*Another Tip: You could also add YA and book-related hashtags (some popular ones are #YA, #booknerds, #bookstagram, #instabooks, #yalit, etc.) But don't spam hashtag feeds! Only use hashtags that are relevant to you and your topic, you know? 

*LAST TIP BECAUSE I LIKE THINGS IN THREES: This is totally a personal preference- but I like to create a comment (aside from the caption of the video) with all the hashtags if there's going to be a long list of hashtags. Sometimes super long captions with two rows of hashtags at the end can be sort of a turn-off for me. But use your own judgement and I promise not to judge your life choices.

That's it! Don't feel like you have to post something every week if you're too busy or just don't feel like it. Jump in when you want, skip weeks when you want, whatever. Super easy. Low stress. Two of my most favorite characteristics.

We'll kick it off in January! Stay tuned for my next blog post to see the suggested topics for January.

(Feel free to spread the word by linking back to this post, or by re-posting the #vlogagram image I posted to my Instagram account and including a link to this post! If you decide to join in, leave a comment below with your instagram name so vlogagrammers can find each other. The more, the merrier!)




July 23, 2014

BETWEEN Blog Tour and TWO BIG PRIZE PACKS!

So, I promised you guys that while I would definitely have to do a lot of promotional tweeting/blogging/talking in the weeks leading up to release day, I would also make it more tolerable for everyone by giving you lots of free stuff.

In the last few weeks, I've given away nine books (not including the five I'm giving away this week!) and we're wrapping it all up with two huge prize packs that coincide with Between's blog tour! 

My friends and family who aren't in the book world just read that and thought, "What in the heck is a blog tour?" So just to quickly explain: a blog tour is when several blogs sign up to host you on their blog for several days in a row in order to promote you/your book and reach more readers by going beyond your own circle of followers on various social media sites. When I say "host," I mean that day's post on the participating blog will be mine. My blog tour is made up of a collection of interviews, book excerpts, guest posts, and reviews. 

Between's blog tour started Monday, July 21, and it runs through Friday, August 1. There'll be a new post on a different blog every single day telling you a little more about Between! Here's the schedule:


Monday, 7/21: Miss Riki's Musings
Tuesday, 7/22: Bran Writes 
Wednesday, 7/23: Adventures in Writerland 
Thursday, 7/24: Bumbles & Fairytales 
Friday, 7/25: Who R U 
Monday, 7/28: Left to Write 
Tuesday, 7/29: The Cover Contessa
Wednesday, 7/30: Because Reading
Thursday, 7/31: Lis Les Livres 
Friday, 8/1: A Leisure Moment 

And as I mentioned before- MORE GIVEAWAYS! I called on my author friends to see who would be able to donate things for a giveaway, and I got such an amazing response that we were able to split everything into two awesome prize packs! Here's what we're giving away:


BETWEEN Prize Pack #1
BETWEEN by Megan Whitmer ARC (signed)
SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE by Erica Cameron (signed) 
EVER by Jessa Russo (signed)
RECLAIMED by Sarah Guillory (signed)
TRAGIC TALES OF STRANGE GIRLS ebook by Suzy G
THE ART OF FALLING ebook by Jenny Kaczorowski
postcard with download code for eARC of OF SCARS AND STARDUST by Andee Hannah

BETWEEN Prize Pack #2
BETWEEN by Megan Whitmer ARC (signed)
DOORWAYS TO EXTRA TIME by Erica Cameron (signed)
DIVIDE by Jessa Russo (signed)
RECLAIMED by Sarah Guillory (signed)
Preorder of BLACKFIN SKY by Kat Ellis
ULTRAVIOLET CATASTROPHE by Jamie Grey (signed)

BOTH prize packs will also include various swag from authors: Jessa Russo, Dahlia Adler, Tonya Kuper, Lynne Matson, and Kat Ellis

All the stops on the tour will include rafflecopters to enter this giveaway, and you can also enter it below! Good luck!

July 22, 2014

BETWEEN RELEASE MONTH PARTY! Week Four Giveaways: Books by Gwenda Bond, Victoria Schwab, Danielle Ellison, Dahlia Adler, and Kelsey Macke

(In case you're new around here and don't know why we're celebrating, my book, Between, comes out on July 29!  As release day approaches, I've been thinking about what I want people to know about my book. I decided to spend the month highlighting some of my favorite characteristics of Between, and giving away a different set of books each week that share those characteristics!)

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT! This week I'm giving away FIVE books! The books are: 1 e-book of your choice by Gwenda Bond, 1 e-book of your choice by Victoria Schwab, 1 e-book of Salt or paperback of Follow Me Through Darkness by Danielle Ellison, 1 paperback of Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler, and 1 paperback of Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke. Five winners, one prize per winner. 

Check out the vlog to find out why I picked this week's books, and fill out the rafflecopter below to enter! (If the vlog doesn't load, go here: http://youtu.be/rsQ8SVEnJxw)


a Rafflecopter giveaway

What's that? You wanna know more about my book? HOW CONVENIENT THAT I HAVE THIS INFO RIGHT HERE. 


When a supernatural freak of nature forces her family to separate, seventeen-year-old Charlie Page must turn to her frustrating (yet gorgeous) neighbor, Seth, to help reunite them. Seth whisks Charlie to Ellauria--a magical world filled with the creatures of myths and legends--and tells her of the Fellowship, the group charged with protecting mystical beings from human discovery. (All except Bigfoot; that attention whore is a total lost cause.) But when Charlie learns that she's under the Fellowship's protection herself, well, "stressed" is an understatement. 

Ellauria should be the safest place for Charlie while the Fellowship works to find her family, but things in the mystical realm aren't what they seem. Magic is failing, creatures are dying, and the Fellowship insists Charlie holds the key to saving everyone. With her family still missing and the danger in Ellauria growing, Charlie doesn't know who she can trust. She's dealing with a power she never asked for, falling for a guy she can't have, and being forced to choose between her destiny and her heart. And if she chooses wrong, she could destroy magic forever. 

Charlie may be in over her head.


Order Between!

July 15, 2014

BETWEEN RELEASE MONTH PARTY! Week Three Giveaways: Isla and the Happily Ever After, Intangible, Chime, and Liv, Forever

(In case you're new around here and don't know why we're celebrating, my book, Between, comes out on July 29!  As release day approaches, I've been thinking about what I want people to know about my book. I decided to spend the month highlighting some of my favorite characteristics of Between, and giving away a different set of books each week that share those characteristics!)

This week I'm giving away e-books of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, INTANGIBLE, CHIME, and LIV, FOREVER. This week, each of these books relates to a different aspect of Between, and since they're all so different, I'm going to let the four winners choose whichever book they want (which means all four winners may choose the same book).

Check out the vlog to find out why I picked this week's books, and fill out the rafflecopter below to enter! (If the vlog doesn't load, go here: http://youtu.be/FPsyugIvjuM)





What's that? You wanna know more about my book? HOW CONVENIENT THAT I HAVE THIS INFO RIGHT HERE. 


When a supernatural freak of nature forces her family to separate, seventeen-year-old Charlie Page must turn to her frustrating (yet gorgeous) neighbor, Seth, to help reunite them. Seth whisks Charlie to Ellauria--a magical world filled with the creatures of myths and legends--and tells her of the Fellowship, the group charged with protecting mystical beings from human discovery. (All except Bigfoot; that attention whore is a total lost cause.) But when Charlie learns that she's under the Fellowship's protection herself, well, "stressed" is an understatement. 

Ellauria should be the safest place for Charlie while the Fellowship works to find her family, but things in the mystical realm aren't what they seem. Magic is failing, creatures are dying, and the Fellowship insists Charlie holds the key to saving everyone. With her family still missing and the danger in Ellauria growing, Charlie doesn't know who she can trust. She's dealing with a power she never asked for, falling for a guy she can't have, and being forced to choose between her destiny and her heart. And if she chooses wrong, she could destroy magic forever. 

Charlie may be in over her head.


Order Between!

July 8, 2014

BETWEEN RELEASE MONTH PARTY! Week Two Giveaways: Far Far Away, Hook's Revenge, and Dorothy Must Die

(In case you're new around here and don't know why we're celebrating, my book, Between, comes out on July 29!  As release day approaches, I've been thinking about what I want people to know about my book. I decided to spend the month highlighting some of my favorite characteristics of Between, and giving away a different set of books each week that share those characteristics!)

This week I'm giving away e-books of Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal, Hook's Revenge by Heidi Schulz, and Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (three winners, one book per winner).

NEWS! If you can't make it to my launch party and want to order an autographed copy of Between, you can do so by going here, and in the Order Comments just note that you want an autographed copy! I'll sign it at my launch party and The Morris Book Shop will ship it to you after August 2.


Check out the vlog to find out why I picked this week's books, and fill out the rafflecopter below to enter! (If the vlog doesn't load, go here: http://youtu.be/zgTtMzEeNMY) 




  a Rafflecopter giveaway


What's that? You wanna know more about my book? HOW CONVENIENT THAT I HAVE THIS INFO RIGHT HERE. (Click the cover to find it on Amazon!)


When a supernatural freak of nature forces her family to separate, seventeen-year-old Charlie Page must turn to her frustrating (yet gorgeous) neighbor, Seth, to help reunite them. Seth whisks Charlie to Ellauria--a magical world filled with the creatures of myths and legends--and tells her of the Fellowship, the group charged with protecting mystical beings from human discovery. (All except Bigfoot; that attention whore is a total lost cause.) But when Charlie learns that she's under the Fellowship's protection herself, well, "stressed" is an understatement. 

Ellauria should be the safest place for Charlie while the Fellowship works to find her family, but things in the mystical realm aren't what they seem. Magic is failing, creatures are dying, and the Fellowship insists Charlie holds the key to saving everyone. With her family still missing and the danger in Ellauria growing, Charlie doesn't know who she can trust. She's dealing with a power she never asked for, falling for a guy she can't have, and being forced to choose between her destiny and her heart. And if she chooses wrong, she could destroy magic forever. 

Charlie may be in over her head.

July 6, 2014

Want to Download Between by Megan Whitmer for FREE? (Epub, pdf, doc, txt)

Hi.

In March of 2011, I started writing a book. I worked on it in bits and pieces, stealing scraps of time when my one-year-old was napping and my four-year-old was in preschool. Mostly, I wrote it at night, between the hours of 10pm and 2am, when the rest of my house was asleep.

I finished that first draft in four months. I paid someone to read it, before I had any CPs. I rewrote it, changing my main character from 14 to 17, and the point of view from third to first.

I found CPs. I let them read it. They ripped it apart.

I rewrote it again. I changed the tense from past to present. I rewrote it. Again.

We went to the beach. I wrote. My kids had birthday parties and classroom parties and tea parties in their rooms. I wrote. My parents spent Saturdays here, helping out. I wrote. Laundry piled up. I wrote.

And then Spencer Hill Press offered to publish it. We decided to make that book into a trilogy. I went through five rounds of rewrites/edits, each one ending in a teary phone call to my super patient editor because I wasn't going to make the deadline (I have yet to actually make a deadline) and I absolutely HATE feeling like I'm letting people down (each time, she talked me off the ledge and helped me keep moving.)

I spent January 2013-November 2013 writing that book. I joke about how I don't remember anything that happened in 2013 that wasn't book-related. Except it's not a joke. I have very little memory of my daughter's swim team season last year, or of her last semester of kindergarten/first semester of 1st grade. I am the absolute worst at work-life balance.

My book advance was a quarter of what I used to make in a month working full-time. My royalties aren't going to be enough to live off of. If you break down what I will make off this book into an hourly wage based on the number of hours I worked on it from the day I wrote that first scene to the day my editor said, "It's finished" .....never mind, I can't even think about that. It's laughable.

This is not a cry for sympathy of any sort. I love this book. I'm thrilled that it's being published. I'm so excited for people to read it. Holding my book in my hands is worth everything I've put into it.

You can find it here:
Morris Book Shop
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Book Depository

Or go to your local library.

If you download my book for free, don't misunderstand--it's not just a free file you're downloading off the internet. That's my book you're stealing. Just because you pay money to belong to a site that allows you to download copyrighted material for free, don't assume that your money is being spent to pay for those books. The ads on those sites do not pay for those books. You are stealing. It's piracy. It's illegal. Don't do it.