Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday Reblog Series: Coffee Chat 5.1—Flash Giveaways

***Editor Lynda Dietz and I have a Coffee Chat series running on her blog Easy Reader. I'll be posting them here on Mondays to share the madness with the rest of my friends. Why? Because I can, that's why (also summer makes me lazy keeps me busy). Go ahead and judge us, it's okay ;)

Originally posted on January 30th, 2014. This is tweaked since we're not actually having a giveaway again . . . Valentine's Day is far away, after all. Find it *here*

Coffee Chat 5.1 with Editor Lynda Dietz: Flash Giveaway!

Re-poured on Mondays o_0
Hey, everyone, S.K. here. I just snuck into Lynda's house (I climbed in through the window, in case you were wondering), and I'm washing my cup. I just had some coffee and ate two of her muffins, but let's not tell her...I still want more during our chat. Shhhh...

SK: Oh, hey, Lynda. Fancy meeting you your kitchen. Err, why the murderous look? [Frantically wipes crumbs away from face.]

ER: morning, I think. I hate to say this, but what are you doing in my kitchen? Wow, I didn't even hear the door...did someone let you in?

Oh, well. I made muffins and I—oh, man! I told those kids not to touch the muffins until later! At least they left us enough that we can still have a few apiece. [Hands S.K. a plate.] Have a couple. They're great!

SK: Look, look at my phone! I've been busy online, entering giveaways like a mad woman. Um...why are you inspecting your coffeepot? Here, lemme fetch a couple mugs for us...

ER: [Looking at coffeepot in confusion.] I'm not sure why this pot isn't full. I made 12 cups when I set it last night. I need to stop using those ShamWow filters; they're sucking up too much of the coffee.

SK: You know, I think I'll only have one muffin. I'm watching my waistline.

ER: I'm getting excited about our giveaway. People have been asking about the Mother of All Prizes, though, and I feel so bad every time I have to tell someone they can't have Raymond's VCR. He did promise it to me for Christmas, and I was really counting on that gift.

SK: Yes, I've received a few emails for Deb's Pong as well, but she's holding onto it because she still hasn't beaten the third level. Ah, well. Sorry, folks!

ER: So how's it going? Have you had a good week? 

SK: My week has been okay. Sadly, I haven't won any prizes lately, but participating in your giveaway has been just as rewarding...I guess. I've tweeted and I've taken advantage of the groups on Facebook, and have posted our giveaway at different intervals. I have to say, it's proven its worth, since I've received a few "likes" on my links and a couple entries from it.

Speaking of, have you heard about those "Flash Giveaways" that are going around Facebook?

ER: I've heard things here and there, but I'll admit I'm not clear on the concept. I don't have to burst into song in public to win something, do I? Because you know how shy I am when it comes to singing...

SK: Shy? You and singing? Sure...unfortunately, that's not how it works. Unless you upload a video to Facebook of you singing, but it still won't help in this case because YOU'LL be offering the Flash Giveaway—

ER: Huh? I will?

SKA: Yes, and the entrants are the ones who have to do the dirty work.

All right. Quickly, so people can't say we don't teach them anything here on our chats, a Flash Giveaway is:

       a giveaway (duh)
       ...that happens in a flash (double duh)

ER: Well, that seems easy enough to follow so far. Duh, indeed.

SK: For real: it's when you decide you want to run a giveaway for a few minutes, hours, or however long you want, but it's usually within the same day. You ask participants to "like" your pages, share your posts, tell a secret, guess a lie, etc., and then you use a strategic way to choose a winner from the comments. I suggest you close your eyes and point to the screen; others suggest you use or even a separate Rafflecopter widget. In any case, a winner is chosen, and they get their prizes in a—wait for it—FLASH!

So now that we're all on the same page, Lynda, let's do one on Facebook tonight. What do you say?

ER: I think, as usual, that you are a genius. Yeah, what the heck. Let's do it.

If I were going to flash someone, what would I flash them with? I've always wanted to flash an FBI badge at somebody, but I don't have one of those anywhere close by. Any suggestions? I don't really have a second choice.

And are you sure you don't want another muffin? I can't believe your willpower, only allowing yourself to have one. That's incredible.

SK: Well, I'm really serious about this diet. I don't want to mess it up, but this muffin is delicious.

Flashing people...flashing people...I think the FBI badge is pretty cool, but then you'd go to jail for impersonating a federal officer. I can't exactly bail you out right now, so let's stick to maybe...a gift card?

ER: Amazon gift card! I love Amazon gift cards!

SK: Let's test this Flash Giveaway thing tonight and have our friends share and tag their friends. All of them will come back here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway and comment that they did. Then we'll announce a winner on Facebook. 

Easy Reader Editing's page will start the giveaway tonight at 7 p.m. EST and end at 10 p.m. EST.

If you're on Facebook, come over and help us spread the word!

ER: Sounds great to me. I think I could get addicted to this flashing stuff...

Okay, since that's over with, I'll let you know the Flash Giveaway was fun and it worked! :)

You can find Lynda Dietz in a number of places. She's on Twitter @LyndaDietz4, her website is, her Facebook page is Easy Reader Editing, and on occasional occasions, she'll be right here with me, drinking coffee and laughing it up over our latest plans and schemes. And possibly even talking about books and writing. *Reworded to include Lynda's info instead of my own.*


  1. Crap. I held a flash contest for 3 and a half minutes. Between 7:30 and 7:33:30 PM all they needed to do was buy my book, read it, and leave a review, but I didn't get a single entry. Am I doing it wrong?

    1. Sounds like you had a solid plan. It's not your fault there are so many slow readers out there.

  2. Fun chat! I want a muffin now. Thanks. =P

  3. I had totally missed the flash giveaways! So glad I now know what they are LOL. I'm always so clueless.
    Fun chat as always, ladies. :)

  4. When you mentioned Flashing, I had a whole different picture in my mind. I'll stop by and see what you've got going on.