I met Bill at a writer's conference, shortly after realizing that I'd had my eye on some of his books for over a decade. He taught a workshop and one of the main meetings. After hearing him speak, I thought to myself, "I gotta' meet this guy." I did, and I can't say enough about his personality - his acceptance, warmth, humor, and lack of ill-qualities you might expect from a "big shot." Bill was nothing if not graceful and genuinely interested in my "small potatoes" world (he's won 60 awards and sold over 8 million books and films), and it was great talking with him. He was very encouraging and has even kept in touch with me via email. He's become a rather large blessing to me, and so it's with great pleasure that I get to introduce you to him (if you haven't yet met him). He is a Christian author and so his titles are faith-based. But I hope that doesn't discourage anyone from meeting him here or checking out his work. He has a lot to say, and it's all worth hearing...for the "religious" and "non-religious" alike. So, without further ado...here's the interview. Feel free to leave feedback! (click the hyperlink to be taken to the interview).
John talks about his latest thriller in the Becker series, The Exiled Element. Check it out!
You can also find links under the interview tab and on the front page. Be sure to read the entire interview from the Mag7Event.
_Click on the link below to go to his site and see how strange I am!
So, I have this website, right? Yeah, no one really knows about it, just like no one really knows about me. I mean, I have 200 Facebook fans, about 1450 followers on Twitter, 600 friends on Goodreads, etc. You get the idea... I'm getting there, but still near the bottom of the pack in terms of my numbers. So anyway, I've been hosting this event on my website that I'm calling The Magnificent 7 Interview Event. What it is is an author interview featuring 7 different authors all at once. And some pretty heavy rollers in the indie world as well as a couple in the traditional market as well. Two of these guys alone have a combined 30,000 followers on Twitter! I figured that it was a way to bring a lot of their fan base to my site as well as to get them supporting each other. I'm introducing Jeremy Robinson's fan base to Ryne Douglas Pearson, etc. As an incentive to get people involved, there are prizes! After the interview, there is a short quiz. Whoever sends in the answers automatically gets a copy of one of my novels and gets to include their own question for the authors that will be featured in the following week's interview (yes, it is an ongoing thing... part five is coming up soon). However, if the participants get all the questions right (it's easy, no one should get anything wrong if they actually take the time to read it) then they are entered into a drawing. The winner gets a copy of one of the author's books, mostly any one they want. But I digress, the point is, I've been hosting this event and have been trying to get the word out there.
Enter my Twitter and Hootesuite revelations.
In the beginning of certain days over the last three weeks, I've scheduled tweets to go out throughout the day. Usually one an hour. Doing this nets me about 500 hits on those days. When I haven't scheduled tweets to go out, I get about 30-50 hits per day. So Hootesuite definitely helped bring traffic to the event and to the site. However, yesterday I decided to try something a bit more extreme. I noticed that most of my views come after 4 o clock, so I didn't even start scheduling tweets until 1 pm. And this time I wrote out about five different tweets and had each one going out per hour. The result? 1200 hits between 1 pm and 11pm, obliterating my prior record. Of course, it might help that I had an exclusive interview posted, but still... So, no tweets- 30 views. 5 tweets per hour- 1200 views. I guess it does work!
Now check out the interviews and win books!
I will be posting author interviews in THE BLOG as well as in the Interviews section found in the menu bar. Here, however, you can comment. So I'll post interviews here, and then as new interviews come in, I'll move them to the interview section and use that as an interview archive.