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message 1: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Marchant (jamiemarchant) | 36 comments Is it worth it? Can they get you on better blogs than you can do on your own? If so, any recommendations about companies? If it matters, my book is urban fantasy.

message 2: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Sheffield (jamiesheffield) | 7 comments Thanks so much for posting this great info!

I'm a first-time indie author, and have been wondering about this as well... I will be checking out the possibility of a blog tour and book tour and so on.


Jamie Sheffield

message 3: by Kim (new)

Kim Donovan | 17 comments I'm potentially interested in a book tour for my new children's book too, but I suspect i'll need to find a company that specialises in children's fiction. Can anyone help?

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R.E. Sheahan (resheahan) | 2 comments I just signed up for a book tour. The price was acceptable, potential reviewers were at 200+, making the possible new readers worth it for me. At least I hope so! We'll see, and if anyone is interested, I'll report back to you when I have more feedback!

message 5: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Marchant (jamiemarchant) | 36 comments R.E.

I'd love to hear back on the results of your tour.

message 6: by John (last edited Mar 13, 2013 10:24AM) (new)

John (jlmanning) | 14 comments Here is a list of free interviews I've done and a pay for online book tour that I haven't seen any sales from, so I would recommend finding free interviews with someone who has interviewed authors that write books like yours;
J.L. Manning's Virtual Book Tour; http://fiercereadingvirtualbooktours....
My book may be harder to sell because they are fiction that has a wide audience, but there is too many other books in sci-fi fiction....

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R.E. Sheahan (resheahan) | 2 comments John wrote: "Here is a list of free interviews I've done and a pay for online book tour that I haven't seen any sales from, so I would recommend finding free interviews with someone who has interviewed authors ..."

Thanks! I'll look into those! And I know, the book tour route thing is a chance. I just find I'm spending so much time contacting book review blogs and sending request, I'm losing actually writing time! Sheesh. Seemed like a way to get some help with the process.
I love doing interviews! Have three up this week at different sites!

message 8: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Thom (maggiethom) | 10 comments I tried Goddessfish in January of this year and I did see a fairly decent spike in sales. It was a lot of work but they definitely delivered - well organized and really good to work with. I am doing another one with Orangeberry Book Tours starting next week. I went with them basically because of the deal they had on. I'll let you know after the fact how it was. I have also found blogs who do reviews for free, but it is very time consuming and a waiting game. They are swamped. I still approach several on a weekly basis.

Fire and Ice Book Promos Blog (fireandicebooktours) | 10 comments Hi,

I'm the owner of Fire and Ice Book Tours. If I can be of any assistance, let me know! I really enjoy promoting and launching book tours, and I'm open to just about any genre.


message 10: by Erin (new)

Erin Sands | 2 comments Hi my name is Erin, I am an indie author and I wanted to share my insight on virtual book tours.

I love the journey of being an indie author but the downside is that there are quite a few scam artist out there waiting to take advantage of our excitement and naiveté. Orange Berry Book Tours is one of the scam artists. I just finished one of their "tours" and oh how I wish I could go back in time and save my money.

Don't get me wrong, there are absolutely some legitimate virtual book tour companies out there but Orange Berry is NOT one of them. What Orange Berry Book Tours has done is create a bunch of "Fake" Blog Sites and then guarantees your placement on them for a fee. I found out the hard way. Which means I found out AFTER I paid them and I went on a 3 month bogus fake blog tour. I actually found out the truth on a site devoted to indie author awareness (

I couldn't believe it...I had been "HAD". I did some investigating on my own and sure enough the 50 blog sites that hosted me all had the same bio on their "about me" section and NEVER had any viewer comments or posts on the ENTIRE BLOG. I felt like such a fool. I am sharing this humiliating story in hopes of sparing some one from my fate.

Before you embark on a tour, check the Blogs Sites that their tour provides. Make sure that they are active legitimate blogs with REAL LIVE hosts. You can tell from the "about me" sections and if you are able to contact the blogger. The blogger should also have some feed back on the posts they put up. These things show actual interaction with an audience.

I have since began another tour and this time it is with a company that uses REAL BLOG sites: ( I am wiser now but I still wish that lesson hadn't cost me financially as well as in time, time I could have spent on a legitimate tour making TRUE interactions with readers.

Moral of this story: Buyer Beware. Do the research! Good luck out there!

-Erin Sands

message 11: by T.H. (new)

T.H. Hernandez (thhernandez) | 7 comments I used InkSlingerPR. They're used by several publishers and NYT bestselling authors. They are legit and they definitely will get you attention of the better known blogs. I also am not sure it resulted in a ton of sales, but it's exposure and that's what you're looking for. And I got about 15 reviews out it. Mixed reviews, but they were legitimate and that makes a difference.

I'm also using Young Adult Bound for a review only tour because they focus on my genre. So YA bloggers are involved and I think that helps as well.

message 12: by David (new)

David Fernau (DavidFernau) | 7 comments Erin wrote: "Hi my name is Erin, I am an indie author and I wanted to share my insight on virtual book tours."

I just gotta thank you for the link to AbsoluteWrite. I think I just found a new writing forum to hang around in! :D

message 13: by Erin (new)

Erin Sands | 2 comments Hi David :-)
Glad I could help!

message 14: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Thom (maggiethom) | 10 comments Hi Erin. I was had by Orange Berry as well a while ago. I have to say it shocked me when I discovered what they were doing. Having said that I did have one of my books read by their book club and was able to get about 20 reviews here on goodreads. And they seemed to be legit, in that there comments did talk about actual things in my book. :) However I would keep my distance from them. Thankfully there are some legitimate book tour companies and I have used several of them. If anyone would like a list of those I've used and those I've been told to stay away from by other authors, let me know.

message 15: by Piper (new)

Piper Templeton (pipertempleton) Hi Maggie,

Thanks for the info. I'm considering a book tour for either my current book or my next one, and I would appreciate seeing your lists.


message 16: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Thom (maggiethom) | 10 comments Piper wrote: "Hi Maggie,

Thanks for the info. I'm considering a book tour for either my current book or my next one, and I would appreciate seeing your lists.

Hi Piper - send me an email through my goodreads profile and I'll give you some suggestions as to who I found good. It really depends what you are looking for from a book tour.

message 17: by Bobby (new)

Bobby Nelson | 12 comments R.E. wrote: "Hi Jamie!

Last spring I sent out many requests to review blogs and had very little success setting up anything. So come summertime, I decided to do a paid tour to promote a new book that was a de..."

R.E. Thanks so much for posting about your experience. Good stuff.

message 18: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Martin (beckvalleybooks) | 7 comments Hi I'm Sharon and owner of Beck Valley Book Tours our website is feel free to read the author feedback from previous tours and see the many tours we have hosted xx

message 19: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer  (BTH Reviews) (jpschaper) | 1 comments You have to be really careful. There are a few companies that I found out artificially inflate the number of blogs participating by creating multiple blogs of their own, many of which have zero to very few followers, just so the tour company can tell the client that the tour has filled. It sucks and is dishonest, but some do that.

The way I found out was by looking at all the stops on certain tours when I was searching for hosts for my first tour I was running for an author. I noticed that many of the blogs had the same contact information and/or didn't post anything else besides promos for that one company. So, I looked into it further. It made me so disgusted that I took my name off the list of hosts for those promotion companies (I run a blog too). I don't want anything to do with people who rip off authors.

If anyone is interested in my tour company and they are willing to take a chance on a newbie who has only run one tour so far, please check out

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