After reading Lucy Felthouse‘s excellent post on the subject at the Erotica Readers blog, I’m trying out Thunderclap, a free promotion tool. It spins off the crowd funding model, but instead of pledging money, people simply sign up to pledge a tweet or a Facebook mention, or other social media on a specific date. It doesn’t cost, and it seems to be painless. Both of those are big attractions for someone like me, with limited funds for promotion and who simply wants to curl up in a ball under the kitchen cabinets and forget about this self-promotion lark anyway.

I’ll let you know how it works out, but so far, the experience has been simple to get started. You design your campaign and link it to your social media account (I chose Twitter). It took me 15 minutes to design my campaign, 7 of which were spent hunting for the “embed code” button so that I could add my campaign to my website. (Hint: the “embed” button is verrrryyy small and you have to click into your campaign on the public search pages to find it, not via your account.) I wrote a message to potential supporters, uploaded a graphic, and of course wrote the tweet I would like to go out at the end of the campaign.

If you chose the free options, your campaign will be approved and go live within 3 days, however, mine was live in under 24 hours. I guess this will change as Thunderclap becomes more popular.

Now to wait and see if I get any supporters!

In a tie in with Alison Tyler’s most excellent post about writers supporting other writers, I’ve supported any other erotic writers I found on Thunderclap. My own campaign is below. I would be very appreciative if you were to click to support me.

And now that AccaDacca song “Thunderstruck” is rolling around my head, reworded as “thunderclap”. Still I can think of worse songs to have stuck in your head, like “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ’round the old oak tree….” OH NOOOOOOOOO…