We’re proud to announce the first ever Sweet Saturday Samples, where writers post a brief excerpt from their books on their own, private blogs, and then link to this site through Linky Tools. On Saturday each week, readers can then “hop” from blog to blog, reading the samples, commenting if they want, and getting to know some lovely new-to-them writers.
Authors, there are a few things that make Sweet Saturday Samples a bit different from the other weekly blog hops out there:
- There are no rules governing the length of your sample. Just be aware that, if it looks too long, in-a-hurry readers are likely to skim or skip your story, rather than give it the full attention it deserves.
- Readers of all varieties will be hopping along here and reading your story, including some who don’t read heavy stuff, such as erotica or graphic violence. We therefore ask that all samples have a PG-13 rating at worst. Your book doesn’t have to be clean–just the sample.
- If you’re posting a clean sample from a heavy or hot book, we ask you to also post a “heat level” warning for readers. (The one provided by the Motion Picture Association of America is just fine. Here’s a link if you don’t know how your book rates.) This is as much for your protection as for the reader’s convenience. Many bad reviews on Amazon result from the wrong reader buying a book and don’t honestly reflect the quality level of the story or the writing. We’d prefer that not happen to you.
- For the same reason, we’re asking you to post your book’s genre clearly near the start of your sample. That way, for example, readers who don’t like mysteries can quickly see what I’m offering and skip my blog if they choose. Again, this protects the writer from a potential sale to the wrong reader and the resulting lousy review.
- You can give away prizes if you want, but it’s certainly not required. Sweet Saturday Samples is more an invitation for readers to check out your work, not a true blog hop.
- Finally, it’s your blog. Post what you like in your samples. Unless it violates #2, above, your link will be included. (The other guidelines really are intended for the writer’s protection, not for bossing anybody around.)
So, without further ado–let’s link!
J. Gunnar Grey
P.S. I forgot to mention the photo of the girl with the lollipop is courtesy Kyle Flood of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
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