Monday Tips: Do a blog tour to promote your book

Many people have asked me recently what a blog tour is. So I thought I would talk about it in this post. A blog tour is the modern, 21st-century, virtual way of doing a book tour. In a book tour, an author would go from bookshop to bookshop signing copies of her book. Publishers still do this for authors these days, although I have heard many complaints that they are a waste of time due to the small number of people who typically show up for a book signing.

A blog tour is where an author promotes her book online by means of “visiting” a number of blogs during a given time period. This means answering questions about the novel, the novel’s characters and sharing about one’s writing life. In May of this year, I signed up for a blog tour with Pump Up Your Books, hosted by Rebecca Camarena. The tour ran from May 1-25, and I got onto 20 blogs. It was quite a bit of work answering the blogger’s questions, but so much fun! I loved sharing insights about my novel and talking about Cecylee and her friends. My tour schedule is given below:

 

Cynthia Haggard, Thwarted Queen Book Tour, May 2012

Tour Page

http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2012/04/23/thwarted-queen-virtual-book-tour-may-2012/

Reviewers Page

http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2012/03/28/new-book-for-review-thwarted-queen-by-cynthia-haggard/

Group Video Link

http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2012/04/25/pump-up-your-book-announces-may-2012-authors-on-virtual-book-tour-watch-video/

 

May 1

Paperback Writer – Character Birthday Party and Giveaway

http://rebecca2007.wordpress.com

May 2

As the Pages Turn – Interview

http://asthepagesturn.wordpress.com

May 3

Pump Up Your book – Interview

www.pumpupyourbook.com

May 4

Bluebell Books – Guest Post

http://bluebellbooks.blogspot.com

 

Second Week

May 7

Blog-A-Press – Spotlight

www.blogapress.com

May 8

Celtic Lady – Guest Post

http://celticladyreviews.blogspot.com

May 9

Book Marketing Buzz – Interview

www.bookmarketingbuzz.com

May 10

Splashes of Joy – Guest Post

http://splashesofjoy.wordpress.com

May 11

Writing Daze – Guest Post

http://rebeccasnotebook.blogspot.com

 

Third Week

May 14

Kitty Crochett WV- guest post

http://kittycrochettwo.blogspot.com

May 15

The Musings of a Book Junkie – guest post

http://themusingsofabookjunkie.blogspot.com

May 16

Literarily Speaking – Interview

www.literarilyspeaking.net

May 17

Bound to Be Bookish

http://boundtobebookish.wordpress.com

 

Fourth Week

May 21

The Self Taught Cook – Guest Post

http://www.theselftaughtcook.blogspot.com

 

Books, Books and More Books – Book Review

http://dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.com/

May 22

Wordstrumpet – Guest Post

www.wordstrumpet.com

Historical Tapestry – Guest Post

http://historicaltapestry.blogspot.com

May 23

Onyx Book Chateau – Book Review

http://bookchateau.blogspot.com

May 24

My Devotional Thoughts – Book Review

www.mydevotionalthoughts.com

May 25

A Bookish Libraria – Book Review

http://abookishlibraria.blogspot.com

 

 

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