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Debbie Flint

Hi all - hope you're having a great weekend! 

For the benefit of those not on social media and who didn't see my announcement on air on Friday night, the news is finally out - I'm off to China for three weeks in April! To train QVC presenters there - so I'm very honoured to have been chosen. A mixture of relatives will move in to look after the dogs, water the plants, and allow me to fly away for the longest break I've ever taken from the uk! More than one 'TiFFT' methinks! More news in my latest QVC blog, where you'll also see -

- epicModelFail blooper (funny!)

- talking of flying - videos of me indoor skydiving

- pics from the busiest week ever! inc Debbie Does Dinner once again...

- and sneaky peeks of QVC bargains incl apple, Antler luggage set and Kipling.

go here to read it on qvc website.

What's the longest you've ever been away from home for? My longest previously was a mere two week hol in Crete in '97. I'm lagging behind a bit, really, 'cos my son Brad went to the Far East for two whole months following his finals after uni, and came back a different person, he had such a great time. So it's on my list to do longer trips. BUT nice, comfortable ones, I think - haha! Maybe a lengthy round the world cruise would be my top trip. What would be yours? 

Also wanted to just quickly say - if you like reading inspirtional weight loss stories, or love Mally and yankee candles, go here to read this week's back to you blog, where you'll see the transcripts from their Q&A sessions on last Monday's live webchat, plus news of hitting 3000 members in the Back to You Facebook group (here), and more info about sugar again as it hits the news once more. 

And the book blog, if you llike finding new authors, is here, where you'll see a lovely Book of the Week from a winner of the Romantic Novelists' Assoc Award for best contemporary romance, Lucy Dillon. Find out her QVC secret by clicking on the link! hehe! 

Have a lovely weekend! The countdown is on till I go away - three weeks today! whoo hoo! (Back on air early May.)

luv

Debs

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ps Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 book on QVC got another fab review - go here to see a mum of 7's solution to her eternal weight loss issues!

Published in Debbie's News

Mothers’ Day Weekend Freebies and Promotions! Plus the medieval books bound in human skin – eouw!

It’s here, it’s here! Find out what happens when Chelle tries a Hallowe’en magic spell to conjure up her ideal man, with the help of Sara. What’s the mystery in the attic in Chelle’s newly renovated Victorian home as she spends her first night there? And what’s the significance of the black cat?

Go here to read When Dreams Return – you can download it free for Mothers’ Day weekend only. It only needs the free kindle app on your phone or tablet (or pc – see amazon.co.uk to find out more)

PLUS – Till the Fat Lady Slims is on 99p special offer this weekend only. My semi-autobiographical weight loss book may help you break free from Food Prison forever, and give yourself the best chance to eat like people do. Lots of ladies on our Facebook group have already been using the wisdom for a couple of months and are finding it astounding how much difference this common sense approach can make. It’s not a secret, but it’s reassuring to know you’re not alone in this battle against diets. Go here to get it for 99p. (28-31st March, for Mothers’ Day Giveaway!). Enjoy!

 

Other news

-          Books bound in human skin – yes really! Eouw! More info here.

 

-          Friday Fiction Focus – Goodreads on Cover Reveals – a how–to from masters of their craft, Goodreads. See the PS below – if I find their weblink I will insert it later. But some sage advice from one of the juggernauts of the book world atm.

 

All my books are below

Have a great week and don’t forget there’s more about RiWiSi on my book section on the main QVC weekly blog – see blog tab above.

Luv

Debs

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Keeping in Touch & Finding my Books

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Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

 (Book 3 ‘Hawaiian Retreat – Helen’s Story’ is coming in the Summer)

Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique. Special offer pricing of 70% off, 28th March weekend – just 99p!

‘When Dreams Return’ – spooky romantic short story – freebie (28-31 March) specially for Mothers’ Day 2014!

The Valentine’s Surprise is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad! And will be on offer on Valentine’s weekend as a freebie on Amazon.

OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see my new Work In Progress tab above for updates!)

‘Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter’ – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in Holy Man… coming Easter 2014

 

PS – as promised -

FRIDAY FICTION FOCUS – Cover Reveals, by Goodreads.

Cover reveals according to Goodreads

In this segment, we're going to discuss how covers work on Goodreads, as well as a few promotional ideas involving great book covers. Read on for more!

“GOODREADS: How To - Cover Reveals

 

 

A cover reveal is a promotion that uses assets you already have -- your book cover and the actual text of your book. The idea is simple: use the unveiling of your cover as a moment to promote your book. We've found these typically work best for books in a series or for mysteries, romance, and YA books, but that’s not to say a creative business book author can’t apply this strategy as well.

Here are the basic steps on how to set up a cover reveal on Goodreads, but it’s only one way of doing this. We’d love to hear your ideas!

1. Select a date for your cover reveal. Set this date several months before your publication to build anticipation. Your cover reveal will probably be one of the first promotions you run for your book.

2. Create a placeholder image. You can use a simple black and white (or purple or yellow or blue...) image with the text “Cover to be revealed on [insert date].” Upload it to your book page. This will let Goodreads librarians know that you will be doing a cover reveal and will warn them not to upload a cover before the date of the reveal.

3. Create an event on Goodreads to start spreading the word. Invite people to RSVP. Those who RSVP will receive an automatic reminder email the day before the reveal.

4. In the event description, encourage people to add your book to their To-Read shelves by offering extra content. For example, offer to release the first chapter of the book as an exclusive excerpt if 100 people add the book.

5. Keep track of the number of people adding the book to their To-Read shelf via your stats page. You can get to this page from your author dashboard.

6. Reveal the cover on the day you announced by uploading it to your book page. Share the news via your other social media accounts!

Note the there is always the risk of your cover being accidentally released via your publisher or through an automatic feed. Let your publisher know you're planning a reveal, and do everything within your power to ensure the cover doesn’t get leaked! Once the cover is out on Goodreads or elsewhere, that’s it -- there’s no do-over.

 

 

 

Quick Tip: We don't delete covers!

 

This is a Goodreads policy that was implemented a long, long time ago. As an author, you may not love this policy, but consider it from the vantage point of the reader:

A reader shelves a particular edition of a book, perhaps because it’s the edition on his shelf in real life, or perhaps because he just really likes the cover! Months later he returns to Goodreads to find the book to start reading next, but doesn’t recognize the cover because it has been changed. That's not a great experience for the reader. We want our members to be able to shelve the exact edition they read, regardless of whether that edition has a new cover or not.

That doesn't mean your book page has to sport an out-of-date cover, though. As a Goodreads Author, you can have a Goodreads Librarian create an alternate cover edition, and then you can make that the new primary edition for your book. To make a new edition the primary edition, go to that edition's book page and click "edit details." Click the link on the right-hand side that says "Set this book as the primary edition for this work." Contact our librarians or our support team when you have any questions about covers.

Keep in mind that for self-serve advertising you can manually add any image you like. Since you can create an unlimited number of ads within a campaign, why not test out which cover gets more clicks?