Three Days… and squiggly lines…

What an amazing few weeks this has been!!!  The contests and then this last week of book giveaways…has just been SO much fun!  I can’t imagine a better way to launch THE REASON IS YOU off into the world.

And into the world it is!  I’ve had two people tell me they received it in the mail already…EARLY!!!  I had to sit down on that one, and focus on my breathing.  Already out there…people reading it….breathe in …breathe out… LOL!!

I know it’s time for the book to jump out there on its on and sink or swim, but there’s been something comforting all along about knowing it was still safe in its little pre-pubbed bubble where everyone could admire from afar and smile and say nice things.  🙂

No more bubble!

Okay, Sharla, suck it up.  On to other things…I’m really excited about something I’ve been playing around with…QR codes.  They are free and you can use them for ANYTHING, I tell you.  And so so so easy.  Here’s one of many links to go make them:  http://www.waspbarcode.com/barcode_maker/QRCodeMaker.aspx   It’s the one I use because there are no signups.

Anyone with a smart phone can download free (free, again! yay!) barcode scanning apps…I use ShopSavvy for Android and it lets you scan any barcode, get prices, and also scan QR codes.  It’s really kinda fun once you play with it a little!  I’m scanning everything like a little kid with a toy. 🙂

One of the things I’ve decided to use QR codes for is a contest on my newsletter, which you’ll see on Tuesday when it goes out on (deep breath) release day.  Also I’ve made one for my newsletter sign up form.  Then I put it on little stickers which I then put on my mini-Moo cards.  Because I find myself out and about and people that know the book is coming out will ask me what’s up and the when’s and where’s and I kept thinking…wouldn’t it be nice to be able to hand them something that they can just scan and sign up for the flippin’ newsletter and not have to worry about going to my website and clicking on tabs and all that.  One signup and the newsletter will come to their email once a month.  (Speaking of which…if I could figure out how to make it a widget on the sidebar, I would, but I can’t…lol…so to sign up, go to the Newsletter tab up there or click HERE.)

I got these ready yesterday, and I’m anxious to try them out!  Also thinking of using these same cards with mystery codes at my book signing (gulp) in May.  People can scan to see if they win something!  I think that would be fun.

What do you think?  What are some creative things you’ve done to promote something or catch attention?

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About Sharla Lovelace

Writer of romantic women's fiction. Wife, mom, and wonderwoman...without the boobs. National Bestselling Author of THE REASON IS YOU, BEFORE AND EVER SINCE, and the e-novella JUST ONE DAY. Lover of anything red.

Posted on March 31, 2012, in Sharla Lovelace and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. tagged sharla lovelace, the reason is you, ghosts, April 3, promo, book launch, romance novel, qr codes, mini cards, anxiety. …you crack me up!

    P.S. i vote yes to the mini cards with the QR codes. trendy and informational, at the same time.

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