Becoming a book tour host or schlepping your #blog

So I’m trying my hand at book tour hosting. I’ve googled quite a bit searching for blogs that promote these types of tours, and I’ve noticed a few things.

 

~ Web design is lacking. They’re either cookie cutter word press or reminiscent of early 1990 html.  God, I’m such a snob, lol.

 

~ There are A LOT (two words) of romance blogs out there.

 

~ Anyone can self-publish and spend money on marketing. (Although some probably shouldn’t spend that hard earn money.)

 

I fall into that last point: I self-published, granted I didn’t do a book tour, although I will try with books 2 and 3. It’s hard to find similar book touring blogs that have books I actually want to review, and honestly I’ve had to read some below par books. In fact, since I’ve cannon-balled head first into the tsunami that is social media promotion, I’ve collected hundreds of free books from fledgling (and established) authors. The market is flooded with ’50 Shades of whatever’ wannabes and poorly conceptualized plots. Seriously, it costs nothing to publish a book on Amazon, and wow – you can tell.

 

Book touring gets your blog noticed, somewhat. If you aren’t blogging daily, no one’s going to be interested, and that is harder than you think – coming up with content that isn’t just copy/paste drivel from twitter. Finding quality book tour blogs is extremely difficult. I’ve seen tour lists with obscure (like my own blog) websites, or just unable to even do a daily tour. It is what it is, though. The internet makes it easy to do all these things, except make you famous.

 

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4 Comments

  1. C. M. Barrett
    May 25, 2013

    I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!

  2. Tara Ford (@rata2e)
    May 26, 2013

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  3. Ursula (@ursula_vogt)
    May 27, 2013

    I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!
    And wow, I wish I had found it on my own. I had to laugh at your ’50 Shades of Whatever wannabes. I’ll check back often.
    http://www.TheNextDraft.com

  4. Marilou George
    May 28, 2013

    I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!

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