Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Blog Tours

In answer to Ali's question about blog tours, I'll try to explain them as best I can.

Since blogging has become so popular, authors are turning to blogs to help them promote their books. Authors contact bloggers (or make an announcement and allow bloggers to contact them) and supply a copy of their book. On an appointed day, the blogger posts a review of the book as well as an interview with the author. (The blogger has previously contacted the author with a list of questions and then posts the author's replies).

The author links to the blogger and vice-verse and posts a list of the dates he/she will be featured on each blog. All of the bloggers link to each other and post the blog tour dates.

Basically, the blogger reads a free book, posts a review, and posts an interview of the author on a certain day.

Authors can set the tours up themselves or can hire someone to set it up for about $400.

A blog tour provides more visibility for the author, his/her book, and the blogger. It's a win-win situation, but it does take some work.

Jeff Savage will be doing a blog tour this summer for his Farworld book. I'll be participating in that one. Candace Salima will also be doing a blog tour for her book Forged by the Refiner's Fire, but I don't have specific details on that one yet.

Book Blog Tours, or is it Blog Book Tours, seems to be the book tour of the future. And, if anyone is interested in helping me do a blog tour with my book Heaven Scent please let me know. Thanks :)

8 comments:

Janette Rallison said...

I'd love to but I know I won't have any time to read for a long time. I just got revisions for a 440 page novel that my editor wants to be a 340 page novel. A feat that can be easily done by rewriting most of it. Can you tell I'm not happy?

C. L. Beck said...

Rebecca,
Thanks for the info about how a blog tour works.

I'd be interested in being in on your blog tour for "Heaven Sent". I'll send you an email and you can give me the scoop!

storyengineer said...

I'll participate in your blog tour too. When are you thinking of holding it? I'll send you an email with my contact info.

Rachelle said...

I'd love to help. I enjoy reviewing books on my blog. Let me know how I can help. :)

Rebecca Talley said...

You guys are great!! Thank you :)

Kim Thompson said...

I'd love to join your blog tour. I've already got your book. Let me know more when you finalize the details!

Crystal Liechty said...

Let me know, too! I want to be a part of your blog tour! I think they're so fun and such a great idea.

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