Friday, June 29, 2012

Fun with Amazon

Thank you to everyone who stuck around for the second round of my Olympics Beat blog tour. With less than a month to go until the London Olympics, I'll be popping up on a few more blogs and websites. Apart from that, I'll get back to my normal reviews, walking tours and bookspottings until the Games begin. If you missed any of the links, they're listed below and on the News page of my website.

Even if you personally are not into reading this sort of thing, you may be wondering what you can do to help. This is where "fun with Amazon" comes in.

A strong Amazon listing is a vital tool to help the right people discover the right books for them. So I have two requests for help, regardless of whether you yourself are interested in The Olympics Beat, and two calls to action for anyone who did buy the book.

Requests for Help (for everyone)

1) Go to the Amazon listing for The Olympics Beat and tag it with relevant key words. Some suggested tags: Olympics, Olympic Games, travel, memoir, travelogue, travel memoir, spectator, sports, China, Beijing. You can do this even if you don't care about the Olympics or China!

2) Go to the Amazon listing for The Olympics Beat and click the 'like' button just beneath the title. This has nothing to do with Facebook, but it could help boost my position in search results. 

Calls to Action (for Olympics Beat readers)

1) Write a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, or your own blog. Every review helps, even if you didn't like the book!

2) Add your own images to the product page by clicking share your own customer images underneath the cover on the Amazon listing. This could be a picture of the book on your device, you with the book, or any other cool pictures you have that are related to China and/or the Olympics.

Thanks for all your support everyone!

Guest Posts
The Expat Writer's Connection on Adventures in Expat Land
Energy, Inspiration, Influence on Susan Blumberg-Kason
Olympic-size Optimism on Book Dilettante
Reading China on Reading the World

Questions about my family history in Asia from Susan Blumberg-Kason
Podcast interview with Stuart Beaton

Reviews of The Olympics Beat
"thoroughly enjoyed the physical, emotional and cultural journey of a lifetime this father-daughter duo makes. It's a great read, one that speaks to that special bond between a father and his daughter, made more so by sharing the Olympics experience together." - Adventures in Expat Land

"this book allows us a vicarious experience of the craziness and overwhelming hospitality that marked the Beijing Olympics beyond the Birds Nest." - Reading the World

"It's been more than 20 years since I visited Beijing, but I felt like I was back there with them, hearing the cheers of the stadium, the beats of the drums, the lights from the opening ceremony. Then there was the food." - Susan Blumberg-Kason, Book of the Week

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