DO YOU KNOW HOW TO HOP? : by Author Bella Emy

Social media in today’s world is a great way to interact and meet new people.
In the book world, it is a great way to connect with other authors and find new readers who could possibly end up meeting their new favorite writer.There are a ton of promotional activities available today on social media…Blog tours, Cover Reveal events, Release events, Author Takeovers and much more.
One way that social media has helped me as an author is by being introducing me to what is known as a “HOP.”
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A HOP is when the readers on Facebook are asked to “hop” from author page to author page in order to win prizes.



This brings authors new readers who they might not have even been aware of.

A lot of times, they find an author they become intrigued with and start reading their books. As an author, finding readers who will read my work is my ultimate goal.


A HOP usually lasts for a few days to a week to give readers a chance to participate.
When someone decides to join in on an author’s HOP, the author typically asks that they do a few things in order to qualify to win their prize.

Some of the things that are normally requested are to like and follow their Facebook page or even to sign up for their newsletter.

Once a reader has done this, they typically comment on the blog post saying something such as, “Done! Thanks for the chance!”
Each participating author in the HOP then has to select a winner, which is usually determined randomly. Prizes donated can be eBooks, signed paperback copies, Amazon Gift Cards, swag items, or even jewelry.

I have realized that the most treasured prize by readers is a signed paperback copy. Of course, who doesn’t love swag items or even a gift card, but when I asked the members of my readers’ group, Bella’s Heartbreakers, what their favorite thing to win was, they responded with signed paperback copies of my books. This makes an author feel great!


Although sometimes the readers may dislike your page after the HOP has come to an end–some people just take part of the HOP to win the awesome prizes and leave, especially if they are mad that they haven’t won.


it is still nice to see that some of the participants really do end up liking you and your work. They will sometimes reward the author by reading your books and leaving a nice review. Reviews these days are hard to come by, so whenever I get one, I treasure it.

In closing, I just want to say that I am extremely thankful to social media for allowing indie authors, such as myself, the ability to meet some truly awesome readers, along with making some great friends with other authors. I also want to tell you about an interesting upcoming event

My upcoming release of Secrets, which is a compilation of all my favorite poems that I have written, going back to 1996. Most are old, but there are a few new ones thrown in there as well. The Cover Reveal Event for Secrets will feature a bunch of authors taking part in takeovers. Each participating author gets an hour slot to promote his or her work. All readers attending the event get to meet authors they may not have even know existed. This gives authors so much more exposure than they could have ever imagined.

Link to the cover reveal event:
On August 2nd-August 3rd

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Bella has had a passion for reading and then writing since a very young age. Bella Emy is the Author of A Love Beyond Time, Broken Hearted, Two Rights Make a Wrong and The Charmed Necklace. More about her and her books on these links

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Author: loganivy

FIRST THINGS FIRST Simply put I am here because I love books... I am extremely passionate about stories especially those steeped in mythical folklore, ancient myths, and legends and suffused with the magic of unique realms and supernatural worlds. I believe there is an alternate universe where magic, mysticism, and wonder still exist, a world where no reality is impossible. Discovering ourselves is an ongoing journey. From reading the next logical step was writing. I am the author of ‘The Breach’, an upcoming supernatural fantasy.For when I write about these worlds I become a part of them and learn more about myself each day. A PEEK INTO MY SOUL I am a realist but at the same time also a dreamer. To me, reading is a window into the hearts of others . Writing is the window to my imagination drawing from my glimpses of the world around me. The beauty of writing lies in the mind’s eye – what we see, the way we interpret it and finally how we translate it to paper. HOW I VIEW MY CHARACTERS To me, every character is multi-dimensional. There is no mere black or white perspective to a character. If a person is strong, we have to delve into what contributed to making them that way? Similarly, what are the fears, likes and loves of a character. That is what makes each one of them unique. It makes them what they are. No character should be just a filler in a story. If a character is evil, why is he or she that way? If a male character is not the central focus of a story, if he is okay with the girl in his life taking center stage I don’t see him as weak. I think he is a great guy and the kind that any girl would be lucky to have in their lives. Looking for the prince who rescues you from the dragon or the lecherous villain should be passé. Real men may not have muscles but they have good hearts. I write about such princes, the guys who are also okay with the girl playing hero in their life, being rescued by them too. I love reading and writing about girls and women with flaws because all real women are that way. Not the most beautiful, not the bravest, not the thinnest nor the richest. They find strength in their family, in their love. My girls do not compete against men; only circumstances and the challenges they throw up. The men who support them, stand by them are the ones I like to read and write about. Through this blog I hope to share more about inspirational characters and the beauty and richness a book contains. MY INSPIRATION Is it possible to cherish and to love something all your life without really analyzing it or understanding why? ‘Stories’ fired my imagination since I was a child….it started with my father, who would spend thirty minutes each night weaving supernatural tales of troubled ghosts in a bid to awe, shock and above all bond with his daughters. He never realized and neither did I that he was also weaving those little quirks into my personality that later on in life would go ahead and set me apart. During class breaks in school, I would share the same tales with the class, now adding my own embellishments, peaks, and lows so as to hold their attention and leave them shouting for more. As my dad got busier and we got a little older the stories seemed to have trickled off but not before transferring that hook for the beginning, the narration, the mystery and the spectacular end. Books and Movies became my magical time machines capable of drawing, pulling, and holding me. Friends and colleagues would decide to read books or watch movies after I brought to life with words what I read or saw on screen. Even love came to me through books when the first time I met my husband we fell in love over a discussion on ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’. One day I realized what I should have known all along – Stories; they lived in my soul. I had worlds to create, people waiting to be brought to life and stories to share. So I share what I love.

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