How to do a Facebook Takeover.

Eek! Have you ever wondered how to do a Facebook Takeover? *chuckles* Do you even know what I’m talking about? Well, sit back and let me explain.

When I first started out with this author business, I had no clue about anything. Nothing! I’ve been learning as I go. I’m still learning. I try new things all the time. Sometimes it works great. And sometimes, not so great. That’s how you learn. (Seriously, it’s hard to teach this to my kids! lol) Then I found out about this thing called a Takeover. A what? How do I do that? So I did what I always do. I googled it! haha And guess what? Not much popped up. I had to wing it and go based off of what others told me word of mouth. I was terrified! Now, I’ve been doing takeovers for a while, but it occurred to me, other people might be wondering the same thing. So I’m going to tell you what it is, how to do one, and even show you how I run mine.

Keep in mind, I’m a romance author. So the groups and places I do takeovers in are romance groups. But I’m pretty positive other genres have takeovers as well. You just gotta find the groups you want. Also, I’m no expert. I’m not going to say this will gain you sales and you’ll become famous in a day. But I will tell you, you will meet lots of great people. And those wonderful people could turn into readers, which is what you’d like to see. This is just another way to market and network and get your name out there. It never hurts to try something new. Keep that in mind.

What’s a Facebook Takeover?

Pretty simple. You are “taking over” a group, or a page, or an event and sharing all about you. You’re giving teasers of your books, perhaps of a new release. You’re sharing excerpts or blurbs. You’re playing games (connected with your books sometimes). You’re getting to know other people and they are getting to know you. You’re marketing yourself.

How do I find where to sign up for a Takeover?

Now, you might think this is hard, but it’s actually kind of easy. Most groups, when you join, have a pinned post at the top of their group with group rules and whatnot. Usually, but not all, will also mention about takeover sign ups. Sometimes it as simple as ‘click on this form’ or ‘PM so and so’ or ‘comment below to sign up’.

Here’s an example of what my pinned post looks like in my group:

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(◍•ᴗ•◍)♡ ✧* Hello! Welcome to my lovely group! Please say hello (if you want, no pressure *chuckles*).

♡ Have you entered the monthly giveaway yet? Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LoveandHappyEndings/permalink/1946345812283752/

Here’s a few little rules, or things you’ll typically see in here.

♡ Please be respectful. *Laughs* (This is about the only rule I have. It’s a big one for me, though.)

♡ Takeovers on occasion!

Complete Schedule here (all in EST):

J. Lynn Lombard: 1/23 @ 7:30 PM

Kristina Beck: 1/25 @ 4:00 PM

K.R. Reese: 2/17 @ 8:00 PM

Alyne Hart: 2/17 @ 9:00 PM

Joz Maxel: 3/18 @ 10:00 PM

Amali Rose: 4/15 @ 3:00 PM

If you want to sign up for a takeover, fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/7MSqvkBApFFiuLV32

♡ Merry Monday. When we share our links and connect with each other. Blogs, Author pages, Groups, anything goes!

♡ Every Wednesday is Words on Wednesdays. That’s where you can share where you are in your work in progress. (Remember, one word written is better than none!) It’s also where you can share your latest favorite book you’ve read!

♡ Every Thursday is Trivia Thursday. A new topic each week to get to know one another and have some fun!

♡ Every Friday is Flash Fiction Friday! I love writing flash fiction. It really gets the ideas flowing!

♡ Teaser and excerpts on my upcoming books I’m working on!

♡ I love helping other authors and spreading the word on giveaways, new releases, or anything special they have going on, so you’ll see that sometimes from me! (Please, if you know of a great deal or something you really wanna share book related, ask me first before posting!)

♡ I love wine, baseball, crafts, and baking besides my love for writing and reading! Oh, and Ryan Gosling and his wonderful ‘Hey Girl’ memes.

♡ That’s it! Have some fun with me!

ℒℴѵℯ ♡

Amanda Siegrist

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You’ll see I highlighted my takeover area in Bold letters. That’s what you look for in a group. Honestly, I always think it’s important to look for a pinned post when you join a group. It’s good to know the rules because every group has them.

Sometimes, on the side where it describes what the groups about, they’ll also mention information about takeovers. If there is a special event going on, like a new release, you’ll also see posts floating around Facebook to sign up for a slot. But, be watchful, these slots fill up fast. When in doubt, you can always ask how to sign up for a takeover.

Like I said above, I’m a romance author. So here’s a small list of groups that I’m a part of that I know host takeovers all the time. Of course, this isn’t a full list that I’m in, but a handful that I adore. (Note: This information is subject to change. Just because a group offers takeovers now doesn’t mean they will in the future.)

♥  Sassy’s Book Lounge

♥  The Wit & Wonder Crazy House 

♥  BestSellers & BestStellars PARTY ROOM!

♥  Dirty Reds Boom Boom Room

♥  Book Addicts Get Down And Dirty

Check these groups out! They host fabulous takeovers all the time, plus super sweet people that admin the groups!

What does a Facebook Takeover look like?

Great question! It totally varies. *looks confused* I know, right!? That’s not very helpful, but each author/blogger (yeah, I’ve seen bloggers do takeovers, too) have their own unique way of doing a takeover. There is no wrong or right way. It’s just your way. Do what you want. Let people get to know you and your writing/books.

But, if you want/need an example, I’ll post below what my takeovers typically look like. I have quite a few books published already, so I can offer more giveaways rather than a person who only has one published. So keep that in mind. You can always just play games without offering a giveaway. It’s totally up to you.

Now, for the sake of the example, I’m going to say this takeover is a 30 minute takeover that starts at 9 PM EST. (It’s important you take note of the timezone when you sign up. Not all are scheduled in EST. You also have the option of doing one for 30 minutes or an hour. If you’re new to this, just try 30 minutes to start out and see how it goes. When you get comfortable, then try out an hour. Takeovers go fast, and before you know it, it’s over. Enjoy the entire time!) I also keep my takeover information in a Word doc all ready to go, so all I have to do is copy and paste. This way I’m not rushing and freaking out what to write. You can also have all your graphics in one folder so they are easy to find.

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9:00 PM- Welcome post:

(◍•ᴗ•◍) ━☆゚.*・。゚  Hello! I just want to say thank you to Love & Happy Endings for letting me takeover for the next 30 minutes! If you don’t know me, I’m Amanda Siegrist, and I write contemporary and romantic suspense with heroes that’ll melt your heart. I love reading, writing, crafting, baseball, and wine! Say hi and tell me what you love to read!

( Note: Love & Happy Endings is my group. I have started to host takeovers. It’s always good to thank your host in the beginning. Tell us who you are, what you write. Have a pic/GIF to go with it. I make all of my teasers/games/pics.)

9:05 PM- Blurb/Teaser:

I have a new short story coming out February 16, 2018. It’s a romantic suspense/psychic story, and I’m so excited, I can’t contain it. I love romantic suspense, so of course, it has a sexy detective in it, but I’ve never written about a psychic before. It was so much fun to write. This story was created with my flash fiction I write every Friday.

You can preorder it today for only $.99! http://mybook.to/ExplodingLove

✰ Exploding Love: A Romantic Suspense/Psychic Short Story

0:05…0:04…0:03…0:02…

Bang. Boom.

Isabella Thorn has lived her life with vision after vision, trying to help save people when she can. Of course, not all can be saved. Her latest vision hits her so strong, she’s out for hours. Worse, she sees Detective Bo Chapman, the only man to ever capture her heart, shoot her to save other people from the bomb strapped to her chest. Now she must come face to face with Bo to tell him what’s coming. Something so vicious and brutal, she’s not sure she’ll survive. He’ll need to make a choice. Let the bomb blow, or kill her to save everyone else.

Note: This romantic suspense/psychic short story was born out of my weekly flash fiction I write. The first few chapters are from my flashes. I hope you enjoy this short thrilling story!

(I usually start out with something about one of my books, usually a new release coming out. Or if I’m working on a new project, I share my latest release. People love to see teasers!)

9:10 PM- My First Giveaway:

(◍•ᴗ•◍) ━☆゚.*・。゚ Amanda’s Giveaway #1

One of my favorite series I’ve written is the One Taste series. I just finished writing book 4 (on its editing stage now!) featuring Stitch, a sexy tattoo artist who gives Susan, his heroine, lots of trouble! Lol This series is romantic suspense with lots of love and a dose of humor. And these hotties below…well, I picture them as my heroes.

To win a direct to Kindle copy of One Taste of You (Book 1):

♡  Tell me This, That, Mine, or You Can’t Have!

♡  Join my readers/fan group (Love & Happy Endings) for lots of fun: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1853727304878937/ (And let me know you did.)

(One winner will be picked by Mr. Random within 24 hours.) Note: This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook.

(Note: You should always mention Facebook has nothing to do with the giveaway, that you are solely responsible for it. Like I said, I make all my own games. It’s fun to come up with them. Be creative. Be unique. Or you can always search Pinterest or the Internet for some fun games! It’s all up to you!)

9:15 PM- My Second Giveaway:

(◍•ᴗ•◍) ━☆゚.*・。゚ Amanda’s Giveaway #2

Who loves weddings? I’ll be honest. I haven’t been to many, but the ones I have been to were beautiful and fun. My own wedding…Best. Party. Ever!! Lol The Danger With Love has a wedding and the mob and an undercover agent and just so much intrigue and romance you’ll love it! It was super fun to write, especially writing such a sexy hero, Dax, who has a hard time walking away from Sarafina when he knows he’s putting her in danger.

To win a direct to Kindle copy of The Danger With Love:

♡  Tell me the most outrageous thing to occur at a wedding, then add LIKE A BOSS!

♡  Follow me on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Siegrist/e/B00WP3G3YC

(One winner will be picked by Mr. Random within 24 hours.) Note: This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook.

(To enter my giveaways, I always change it up. Join my group, like my facebook page, follow me on Amazon, and so on and so forth. Usually something to do with my social media. You want your readers to connect with you. Also, you can find lots of great pics to use for your games on Pixabay, just make sure the photo is free for commercial use. I know people also use Canva to make graphics.)

9:20 PM- Another Blurb/Teaser:

My latest full length novel release was a Christmas novel. Of course! Because I love Christmas! Here’s a blurb…

✰ Mistletoe Magic (A Holiday Romance Novel – Book 2)

http://mybook.to/MistletoeMagicHoliday

Theresa might not make the best pot of coffee in town, but people still flock to the diner for a cup, even Officer Crowl, who rarely displays a smile since his fiancé died. She’ll never be able to win his heart, but it’s hard to resist him, especially when he kisses her under the mistletoe. Well, on the cheek, but that has to count for something…right?

Staying busy keeps Officer Aiden Crowl sane. Because when he’s idle or alone, he thinks, and nothing good comes from that. Everyone thinks he was the perfect man. They think he’s broken because she’s gone. He is, just not for the reason they believe. Every time he walks into the diner, one sweet smile from Theresa erases some of the pain. He should stay away from her. Far away. But what is he supposed to do when they’re standing under a mistletoe? Kiss her, of course.

*Note: Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.*

The entire Holiday Romance series:

✰ Merry Me: Elliot & Lynn http://mybook.to/MerryMe

✰ Mistletoe Magic: Aiden & Theresa http://mybook.to/MistletoeMagicHoliday

(I like to break the games up some, throw in teasers here and there. If you’re doing an hour takeover, I typically post about every five minutes, and have about 6 giveaways. All the other posts would be teasers about my books)

9:25 PM- My Third Giveaway:

(◍•ᴗ•◍) ━☆゚.*・。゚ Amanda’s Giveaway #3

I love Christmas! I’m super sad it’s already over. It went so fast! It was really hard taking down the tree, but my husband insisted. Lol Just two days ago, I finally took down the wreath hanging on the door outside. My excuse has been it’s too cold out to go outside. haha There’s never a wrong time to read a Christmas novel. So let’s play a Christmas game.

To win a $5 Amazon gift card:

♡  Play the game.

♡  Subscribe to my Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cJdneP

(One winner will be picked by Mr. Random within 24 hours.) Note: This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook.

(You don’t always have to offer a giveaway for one of your books, you can giveaway whatever you’d like. The example above, I used a $5 Amazon gift card, or sometimes I change it up and offer any ebook of the reader’s choice up to $3.99. You can also offer swag, if you have some.)

9:29 PM- Goodbye Post:

Eek! Time went by fast! I had so much fun with you lovelies! I want to thank Love & Happy Endings again for letting me takeover!

(◍•ᴗ•◍)♡ ✧*。Stalk me!

✨ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Siegrist/e/B00WP3G3YC

✨ Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/amanda-siegrist

✨ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoramandasiegrist/

✨ Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/AmandaSiegrist

✨ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amanda.siegrist/

✨ Reader group, Love & Happy Endings: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1853727304878937/

✨ Subscribe to Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cJdneP

✨ Twitter: https://twitter.com/amanda_siegrist

✨ Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/AmandaSiegrist

✨ Website: https://www.amandasiegrist.com/

Oh, and if you’re a blogger and wanna receive an ARC anytime I have one available, please sign up:

✨ Master Blogger List: https://goo.gl/forms/XyYMzG8bX7qoX6Im1

ℒℴѵℯ ♡ Amanda Siegrist

(At the very end, I always like to thank my host one more time. Because it’s so nice and wonderful that these groups let us do something so fun! Be kind and show your appreciation. It’s also good to leave all of your social media links here. Readers love to stalk their favorite authors! Make YOU one of their favorites!)

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And there you have it! An example of what one of my takeovers look like. I always have fun with a takeover, even when not many people show up. Don’t worry if this happens, because it will, sometimes people are just too busy to be on Facebook. *gasp* Say what?! haha Even though it might be slow during an actual takeover, people still comment afterwards, through the night and day and up until you close out the giveaway. And that’s a good thing. You’re still meeting new people.

A good tip to know. You can save your posts, especially the ones offering the giveaways, so you don’t have to go back and search through all the posts to find them. Just go to the top right hand corner of the post and click on those three little dots ⋅⋅⋅ A drop down box will appear and you should see SAVE POST at the very top. Just click that. Sometimes it says, saved link (if you added a link in the post), don’t worry. It’ll still save the post itself. To find your saved posts, go to your HOME on Facebook, and on the left side of your newsfeed (this is directions if on the computer), you’ll see under EXPLORE the word SAVED at the top, click that. You will see all of your saved posts. If it only saved a link, look to the bottom of that post and you’ll see Saved From Your Post. Click on YOUR POST and it’ll bring you to the original post. Easy peasy.

That’s how you do a Facebook Takeover. They are fun and a great way to meet new readers. I hope this helps you, especially if you worried or had lots of questions on what to do. If you still have questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to ask me! I love helping others out.

Thanks for sticking with me to the end!

♥ Have a beautiful day!

 

 

2 thoughts on “How to do a Facebook Takeover.

  1. Wow. Okay, so this post is simply marvelous. Thank you for sharing (but then again, I’m not the least bit surprised by your generosity. It was you, after all, who walked me through how to run a FB hop, haha)! I’ve been curious about takeovers for awhile now but I wasn’t really sure how to run one, how to find a host, or even who to talk to about it. I can’t say that anymore! *grins!*

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