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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


Reviewers Page


Group Video Link



May 1

Paperback Writer – Character Birthday Party and Giveaway


May 2

As the Pages Turn – Interview


May 3

Pump Up Your book – Interview


May 4

Bluebell Books – Guest Post



Second Week

May 7

Blog-A-Press – Spotlight


May 8

Celtic Lady – Guest Post


May 9

Book Marketing Buzz – Interview


May 10

Splashes of Joy – Guest Post


May 11

Writing Daze – Guest Post



Third Week

May 14

Kitty Crochett WV- guest post


May 15

The Musings of a Book Junkie – guest post


May 16

Literarily Speaking – Interview


May 17

Bound to Be Bookish



Fourth Week

May 21

The Self Taught Cook – Guest Post



Books, Books and More Books – Book Review


May 22

Wordstrumpet – Guest Post


Historical Tapestry – Guest Post


May 23

Onyx Book Chateau – Book Review


May 24

My Devotional Thoughts – Book Review


May 25

A Bookish Libraria – Book Review




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Monday Tips: More on marketing books

This month, I feel that I am last getting some traction. I’ve done more giveaways on Goodreads, and I’m very pleased with the result. To date, 2,658 people have participated in my giveaways, and 369 people have listed my books on their “to-read” shelves.

I’ve also been busy in the blogosphere. I’ve done two guest interviews with Morgen Bailey and with Stephanie Moore. Stephanie not only came to me to ask for an interview, but she’s hosting a giveaway of THWARTED QUEEN, which ends April 11. If interested, please go to: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/847094-interview-with-author-cynthia-haggard-giveaway.

Have a great week!

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