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message 1: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Marchant (jamiemarchant) | 57 comments Does anyone have experience doing this? Is it worth it? If so, recommendations on tour companies?


message 2: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Annett (danielle-annett) So the only one I'm aware of is http://www.mrspottersbookpublicityser...
Some people have had success but honestly most bloggers are more than happy to host a blog tour for you free of charge, some will highlight/spotlight the author in an interview, post a review, and or host a giveaway if you provide a copy of your book. Doing a blog tour is a great resource to promote your book but using paid companies is often unnecessary.

-Danielle @ Coffee and Characters
www.daniellecromero.blogspot.com


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Thank you for the information, Danielle. It was truly helpful. I wish you all the best!


message 4: by Justin (new)

Justin (justinbienvenue) | 2165 comments Danielle wrote: "So the only one I'm aware of is http://www.mrspottersbookpublicityser...
Some people have had success but honestly most bloggers are more than happy to host a blog tour for you free of charge..."


Very informative and very true Danielle. I myself have never done a book tour but I would think most that can be held would be for free. I would love to do something like this for my books, promotion and publicity is always a plus!


Poet Gentleness Jamie wrote: "Does anyone have experience doing this? Is it worth it? If so, recommendations on tour companies?"

Hey Jamie,
It's hard work look for blogs to host us, isn't it? I bumped in http://www.fmbpromotions.com/p/welcom... while looking for reviewers to my book.
I made a deal with them and I expect to start working soon.
Hope I've helped.
Cris


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Noree Cosper | 8 comments I currently have a blog tour with http://www.darkworldbooks.com/ going on now. It's actually given me access to a few blogs that I requested guest posts from previously. So far they ladies running it have been really nice and helpful. I also ran a small pre-release tour that I did on my own. One of the problems I came across was finding blogs that didn't have so many requests that they had trouble hosting me, or not getting any response back at all.


message 7: by Karen (new)

Karen A. Wyle (kawyle) | 253 comments I paid for a book tour shortly after publishing my first novel. From what I could tell, it didn't result in any sales, or even (if I recall) any reviews. I certainly wouldn't advise paying for a tour, and on the whole, I believe your time would be better spent (a) writing the next book and (b) finding bloggers who review books like yours, and contacting them directly.


message 8: by Tony (new)

Tony Reynolds (reynoldssports) | 3 comments FREE BlogTour.Org

http://www.blogtour.org/

Try this free service. I have not used it yet, but have sampled it. FREE is worth a little time to reach numerous blogs!


message 9: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Marchant (jamiemarchant) | 57 comments Tony wrote: "FREE BlogTour.Org

http://www.blogtour.org/

Try this free service. I have not used it yet, but have sampled it. FREE is worth a little time to reach numerous blogs!"


Thanks, Tony. It looks like a very useful site.


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Victoria Wilcox (goodreadscomdocsladie) | 21 comments Although I have a local book PR firm to book my store signings, handle media, and take care of contest entries and conference talks, I am also using a New York based PR firm that specializes in blog tours. They approach the bloggers the same way a publicist would approach any other media contact: by sending a pitch and following it up. They have lists of bloggers by genre, and know which is most likely to be interested in a book like mine. Following an initial review, the bloggers will have me back for a day or two of Q&A or my own blog posts. I'm keeping some time free during my physical book tour to devote to the blog tour. I'm looking forward to staying home in my jammies and talking about my book with lots of new friends! You CAN do it all yourself, but paying a professional with contacts to set up the tour is a much better use of your writing time -- but you shouldn't have to pay the bloggers. They get your book for free, the best payment!


message 11: by Poet Gentleness (new)

Poet Gentleness Victoria wrote: "Although I have a local book PR firm to book my store signings, handle media, and take care of contest entries and conference talks, I am also using a New York based PR firm that specializes in blo..."

Hey Victoria,
I agree with you.
Yes, we shouldn't have to pay the bloggers.
But, really? I wasted hours, days, months searching for bloggers. Some have accepted me and then put my book on their shelves for reviewing one day... after they have reviewed all the known authors. I spent my time and my money sending books all over the world... for what?
So, I prefer to pay for a professional to do it... I can pester the professional for results. I cannot pester the blogger to review my book...
Can you disclose the site, email or direction of this NY PR?


message 12: by Victoria (last edited Mar 13, 2013 09:00PM) (new)

Victoria Wilcox (goodreadscomdocsladie) | 21 comments Happy to share! It's the Saima Agency, the agent is Diane Saarinen: http://www.saimaagency.com/. Although we are only contracted for the blog tour, she is also advising on social media, and has reposted and tweeted my recent blog post about synopsis writing, found on the Bookmasters website. You need a PR agent who is excited about your work AND you!

By the way, you can read the Bookmasters blog post at http://blog.bookmasters.com/2013/03/1...


message 13: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Annett (danielle-annett) Cristiane wrote: "Victoria wrote: "Although I have a local book PR firm to book my store signings, handle media, and take care of contest entries and conference talks, I am also using a New York based PR firm that s..."

So as a blogger I think what you need to do is set a deadline to avoid your book being shelved. I get on average 3-5 review requests a week. The first thing I ask is "What is your requested deadline for the review?" If its a timeframe I can work within I let them know and we go from there. I do also have authors who say there is no deadline, just at my convenience and while I do love the flexibility, it makes it very easy to "shelf" a book unintentionally

Also if you want a successful tour build a relationship with one or two bloggers who are willing to host. If they know you well and are well organized they'll host a successful tour for you. When I conduct a blog tour I make sure that the bloggers I contact are willing to abide by my guidelines.
Ex: Blog Stops must be posted by 8am on their scheduled days and remain active at the top of the blog for 24hours
I also require that each blogger posts their reviews on GR and Amazon, even if they post an interview or cover reveal on their blog instead of a review

If you have the right person in your corner then it will be successful. As far as paying bloggers. Its typically not necessary. Speaking for myself I've hosted 1 week and 2 week tours free of charge however, Blog Tours are work! As many have stated previously, its alot of work to organize so when I'm approached for a month long tour I do charge because I value my time. Granit I'm also a marketing and communications major so I value my services as well.

-Hopes this helps :)


message 14: by Poet Gentleness (new)

Poet Gentleness Danielle wrote: "Cristiane wrote: "Victoria wrote: "Although I have a local book PR firm to book my store signings, handle media, and take care of contest entries and conference talks, I am also using a New York ba..."

Hi Danielle,
Thanks for your answer. Some bloggers are incredibly awesome! :)
But a few just forget their own deadline. :(
I think bloggers do a great work, for us as authors and for us as readers. Reviews are fun to do, but someone has to pay for the kids' milk. :) Realistic, we live in a world where money talks.


message 15: by Poet Gentleness (new)

Poet Gentleness Victoria wrote: "Happy to share! It's the Saima Agency, the agent is Diane Saarinen: http://www.saimaagency.com/. Although we are only contracted for the blog tour, she is also advising on social media, and has r..."

Thank you, Victoria! I appreciate.
I'll try to reach them.


Fire and Ice Book Promos Blog (fireandicebooktours) | 504 comments I'm the owner of Fire and Ice Book Tours. If I can be of any assistance for setting up a book tour, I'm just an email away. I really enjoy setting these up, and I'm open to all kinds of genres. Thanks.

http://fireandicebooktours.wordpress....


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