A Journey into 2014, an Eye-Dancers Promotion, and Jumping Off of Cliffs

Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

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A year ago, at the start of 2013, I had a distinct end in mind.  I wanted to spread the word as effectively as possible about my new YA sci-fi/fantasy novel, The Eye-Dancers.  Admittedly, generating a readership for the novel was my chief aim when I launched The Eye-Dancers website.

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But then a funny thing happened along the way.  I began to enjoy blogging in and of itself, for no other sake than for the joy of interacting with fellow bloggers, a virtual worldwide meeting of the minds.  Now I won’t lie.  I still hope you will all buy a copy of The Eye-Dancers!  (More on that in a bit.)  But, far more important, 2013 showed me what a wonderful endeavor blogging can be.  I was blessed as the year went on to make many new online friends, share some tremendously enriching conversations, both on WordPress and through email, and to read so many great posts throughout the WordPress community.  This has been a fantastic year, and I thank each and every one of you for it.  You are the reason why The Eye-Dancers site is still here, and why I love doing this.

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One of the things that has truly humbled me over the course of the past year are the awards The Eye-Dancers blog has received.  Recently, I was nominated for several awards that I had been lucky enough to win previously, but I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the bloggers who thought of The Eye-Dancers . . .

Thanks so much to D-Anna at Style Salvation for nominating me for the Best Moment Award; to Jennifer K. Marsh for nominating The Eye-Dancers for the WordPress Family Award; and to Sandra at the Quirky Books Blog for nominating The Eye-Dancers for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award, the Sunshine Award, and the Shine-On Award.  D-Anna, Jennifer, and Sandra have provided ongoing support to The Eye-Dancers over the course of this past year, and I can’t thank them enough.  I highly encourage everyone to check out their fabulous websites!

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On two separate occasions this year, I decided to run a promotion for The Eye-Dancers, and now, as we make the leap from 2013 to 2014, I thought it would be a good time to run another one–very similar to the promotion that took place over the summer.

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Just as with that promo, whoever purchases a copy of The Eye-Dancers during the promotional period will be eligible to win a gift card. . . .

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Beginning today (December 27) and ending February 10, 2014, if you buy The Eye-Dancers, wherever it is sold, please notify me–either with a comment on this website, or via email at michaelf424@gmail.com.  I will keep track of  each person who buys the book during this time frame and then, on February 11, the day after the promotion ends, I will randomly select one winner.  The selected person will be awarded a gift card–to anywhere!  It could be to Amazon, a favorite restaurant or department store . . . it doesn’t really matter.  The choice will be yours.

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The amount of the gift card will be based on the number of overall purchases of The Eye-Dancers during the promotional time period.  For each purchase, $2.50 will be earmarked toward the gift card.  (This is an increase from the $2.00 that was earmarked for each purchase during the last promotion.)  So, for example, if there are thirty purchases during the promotion, the gift card would be for $75 (30 purchases x $2.50 per purchase).  The gift card amount, in other words, will be determined by you!  The more purchases, the higher the amount on the card.

Please just remember that if you do purchase The Eye-Dancers during the designated promotional period to make sure and contact me so I can enter your name into the gift-card contest.

The previous winners of The Eye-Dancers gift-card promotion were Mel Fowle and Katie Sullivan.  Now it could be your turn!

The Eye-Dancers is available for purchase at the following online retail locations . . .

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Eye-Dancers-ebook/dp/B00A8TUS8M

B & N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-eye-dancers-michael-s-fedison/1113839272?ean=2940015770261

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/255348

Kobo:  http://store.kobobooks.com/books/The-Eye-Dancers/nKFZETbWWkyzV2QkaJWOjg

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So, yes, as you can see, I still am indeed hoping to sell many copies of The Eye-Dancers!  But just as Hemingway suggested, having a goal to aspire to is good, but the journey, yes, the journey . . . that is where the true joy and fulfillment are found.  And, because of you, the bloggers of the WordPress Community, this has been a truly rewarding year for me.  I can’t emphasize enough how welcome you made me feel when I was just starting out, how you encouraged me to keep writing and posting through your comments, Likes, and overall support.

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I genuinely thank you, and look forward to what 2014 has in store.  I am eager to read your future posts, share in more conversations with you, and continue on this fascinating journey.

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One of my favorite authors, Ray Bradbury, also penned one of my favorite quotes.  It goes something like this: “Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.”

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At the start of 2013, The Eye-Dancers website, fledgling, new to the blogging world, had in the neighborhood of 25 followers.  By the start of 2014, that number has grown to nearly 1,600.  It is that kind of support, that kind of community that makes all of this possible, and it’s why I can’t wait to begin 2014.

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One year ago, I was standing at the edge of the blogging cliff, not sure if I should jump, take the plunge, take the risk . . . I am so glad I did.  Any wings this Eye-Dancers blog has been able to unfurl on the way down have taken form and spread because of you.

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Thanks so much for reading, and for all the great and ongoing support.

Let’s make 2014 our best year yet.

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–Mike

52 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 18:41:08

    I love the Ray Bradbury quote, Michael. Best of luck to you in 2014. I have no doubt it will rock for you.

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  2. readingwithrhythm
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 19:04:57

    Congratulations on all your well deserved awards! Your posts are always filled with thought provoking comments and questions and ideas. Happy New Year to you!

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  3. Lyn
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 19:42:21

    Wow! Has it been a year already? It just goes to prove what the little frog said is true…”Isn’t time fun when you’re having flies.” Well done Mike! I hope The Eye-Dancers continues to do well.

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  4. lolarugula
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 23:50:55

    I truly enjoyed your book and love your blog – I’m glad you’ve stuck with it! Wishing you all the best in 2014, Mike – Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  5. stormy1812
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 03:25:24

    Well done! Congrats on all the awards 🙂 and hoping for your continued success into 2014 and well beyond. Looking forward to what else you have in store for all of us.

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  6. stockdalewolfe
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 14:52:09

    Such a lovely message! Glad you are enjoying your wonderful blog. It has become a work in its own right. I, too, started my blog to promote my book and it has become much more for me. And I have found many interesting people such as yourself. A very happy New Year to you and may your book take off!

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  7. Sue Dreamwalker
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 15:16:26

    Mike Congratulations on ALL your awards, and I agree, Blogging is indeed a wonderful Community of friends for all over the world from all walks of life and I hope your 2014 continues in the same success that has seen 2013 flourish.. I also hope Eye Dances becomes more popular in sales..

    Love and Blessings and thank you for your continued support over at Dreamwalker’s 🙂
    Sue

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  8. Bruce Thiesen
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 17:34:46

    All the accolades are well-deserved.

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  9. likeitiz
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 00:23:09

    Looking forward to journeying with you on WordPress in 2014!

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  10. Fashion Mayann
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 13:29:58

    Merci, dear Mike, for sharing your passion with us ! Bravo for the success of your blog and for connecting with us the way that you do (in such a generous way !). I hope that 2014 will be your best year (at least, until 2015 arrives) !

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  11. The Fashion Huntress
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 02:07:25

    Congrats to you and a very happy new year!

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  12. honey
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 07:13:16

    Awww. Love reading your blogs and your book. Buy the book people.

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  13. teagan geneviene
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 20:28:24

    Mike, I’m ashamed to say that I only just now got around to buying The Eye Dancers for my Nook… Especially since I enjoy your blog so much. I had no idea you had only been blogging for a year — you’re such a pro.

    Our journey stories were similar in that I started blogging because of my 2012 NaNoWriMo novel, “Atonement, Tennessee.” However I started the blog before I launched the book. Finally I published it on Christmas Eve!

    Now that I’ve done that, I hope to give myself some reading time! Looking forward to sitting down and enjoying yours.

    Wishing you a fabulous 2014,
    teagan

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  14. Holistic Wayfarer
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 05:18:21

    Mike, enjoyed reading this through. What happened to the reblog? It was agreed you would reblog our group post today…

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  15. Resa McConaghy
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 18:26:56

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  16. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 23:22:46

    An awesome raise in your profile, those statistics on start & end of the year, subber numbers – absolutely fantastic. Well done, & here’s to another successful year :).

    Truly wonderful achievements this year. Cheers.

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  17. dannadesigns
    Jan 01, 2014 @ 01:45:13

    Congratulations and a Happy New Year, Cheers! 🙂

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  18. fashionassist
    Jan 02, 2014 @ 03:16:19

    Congratulations + wonderful quote by Ray Bradbury…
    unfolding wings can be exciting…
    may you continue to fly high…
    all the best in 2014~

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  19. jamieayres
    Jan 02, 2014 @ 18:39:49

    Loved the quote and good luck to you and your book! Will it ever be available in paperback? If so, I’d buy a copy for my classroom shelf 🙂

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  20. Author_4_U
    Jan 02, 2014 @ 23:56:56

    Ironically enough, that is what has happened in my case also.
    Though it will forever remain about the literature for me; blogging has become part of the journey:)

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  21. Charron's Chatter
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 16:26:37

    Your awesome personality really comes across in this post, Mike. ‘Love the Bradbury quote; I often say–you gotta jump, to see if there is any water in the pool–so a universal sentiment, no doubt.

    Here’s to this “meeting of the minds” It has been incredibly inspiring for me, too, to meet so many creative, actively creative–people.

    🙂

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  22. Jacqui Murray
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 17:44:53

    I noticed you used one of my graphics (the ‘Great Blogs’ with the megaphone)–no problem with that. It’s just interesting how graphics spread through the internet. I may use this as an example in one of my digital citizenship classes.

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    • The Eye-Dancers
      Jan 09, 2014 @ 14:38:22

      Do you know, I didn’t even realize this was one of your graphics when I used it.:( I am guilty of not always checking my online graphic sources, I’m afraid! Thanks for letting me know!

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  23. FreeRangeCow
    Jan 09, 2014 @ 17:57:40

    I love your thoughts, your ideas, and your blog. I am glad it enriches you.

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  24. jjspina
    Jan 12, 2014 @ 00:18:48

    You will have a successful year ahead mainly due to your innate talent to engage your readers and keep them interested until the last word. Then at that point they are begging for more! Best wishes for a wonderful year! Love your work!

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  25. onemunchingmomma
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 21:45:49

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog! May this year be even more fulfilling this year!

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  26. Kitt Crescendo
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 05:00:19

    May you have continued success in the new year!

    Reply

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