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We recently wrapped up the first blog tour I have ever organized and run myself. It was rewarding and exhausting, thrilling and nerve wracking… And I cannot wait to do it again!
I have participated in a few blog tours during my short career, but I haven’t had to do too much. Just answer interview questions, get my links together, and go; it was pretty straight forward. When I had my first experience with book piracy, I thought that organizing a tour would be the best way to raise awareness and get people to learn more about book piracy. My first thought was “This will be easy.” Yeah… right.
No matter how organized you think you are, there is always more to be done.
I obsessed about making this tour perfect. I had a sign up sheet and let the authors determine what days they wanted to do. I even had some authors generously volunteer several freebies, but I wanted to make sure that they were given a decent spread. I think that was my problem. I tried to spread books out too thin and ended up with more books at the end of the tour than the beginning. Looking back, it would have made more sense, and been more rewarding for the authors that donated several books to have their own day. That way one offs, prequels, and the first book of a series would be given a better lay out. Of course, there is the sense of build up and encouraging people to follow the tour because the more days they follow, the more books they get. I’m still playing with this idea, so hopefully I have it perfected for the next tour.
Authors have their own lives.
You know, as an author, I tend to get wrapped up in my own little world. I think part of my issue was that I didn’t give the authors enough time to process the fact that there was a tour before getting them to get their books ready. Personal emergencies and life in general happens. Granted, I had some of the most amazing authors to work with, so I didn’t care if the internet caught fire, just to say that I was able to work with these people was a blessing. In the next tour, I am going to announce it with enough time for everyone to get their stuff in before the posts need to be scheduled.
Sometimes people can’t help themselves
I don’t want to be too specific about the situation because they know who they are, but I learned that I can only do so much on my end. What I can be specific about it that rude people will be ejected from the tour and not allowed to participate in future tours. We are all doing this on a volunteer basis. Not once will an author or blogger be charged to participate. However, I still expect some level of professionalism and courtesy from everyone that wants to be involved. Granted, the authors and bloggers that ended up being on the tour were amazing and I cannot wait to work with them again!
Giveaways are awesome!
We did a $20 Amazon gift card giveaway with this last tour. I am paying for the card out of my own pocket and there has been a delay with the funds, so that is why the winner has not been announced yet but they will soon. What I would like to see happen in the next tour is do a bundle/ gift basket giveaway. Perhaps have authors donate autographed books or swag and put first through third prize baskets together for people. More detail needs to be put together, obviously, but I would love to do something like that.
We can never have too many people volunteering to donate books, give space on their blog, or even just spread the word.
While the group on Facebook isn’t huge right now, we are always accepting new authors and bloggers that want to help spread the word. The tour is not limited to a specific genre or a specific blog type. We had Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi and more in our last tour, and there are so many other fantastic genres out there that we would love to see join us. If you or someone you know is interested in the group, or being involved in anyway, please join our Facebook group and help us spread the word about ebook piracy.
All in all this tour was an amazingly rewarding and inspiring venture for me, and I am happy to say that it will be continued. I have big plans for the tour in the future and as it grows, I will share them all with you.
By the way, even though we are not running a tour right now, you can still get free books! Several authors that participated in the tour have permanently free books available every single day. We have started compiling a list on the blog under a brand new section called “Books“. To keep everything neat and pretty, I have added cover images for each of the free books. Those images link directly to the author’s Amazon listing. I will say that we preached about looking out for click bait, so if you are uncomfortable clicking the image, you can search for the book on Amazon and use the cover image to help you find the right book!
Thank you again for all of your support. We look forward to bringing you more free books in the future.
Well, it’s my turn to take part in this amazing blog tour! So many talented authors are taking part in the My Writing Process Blog Tour and it’s such an honor to be a part of it. I was nominated by the amazing Dawn Chapman over at Kananudra’s Blog. I have been following her blog for quiet a while now, and I suggest you guys hop over there and take a look
What I am currently working on?
I am currently working on a few projects right now. The top priority is anything to do with my series The Night Touched Chronicles. I have the sequel to Celine, entitled Jeremy, as well as a collection of short stories regarding the main characters of the books. I also am working on a post-apocalyptic zombie novel that is currently untitled, along with a novel involving 3 sisters who find out they’re witches. You can get more information about all of my current projects in the Current Project section of my website
How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?
A lot of novels in my genre are about insanely beautiful high school kids who fall instantly in love with each other and vow to be together forever. My characters are adults (early to mid 20’s) and have things going for them in their lives. Now, I will admit that I have had one of my main couples have an instant attraction to each other, but that doesn’t mean that immortality implies together forever. I have an issue with cliched work, and I try to make my characters stand apart from the crowd in that regard.
Why do I write what I do?
I discovered Buffy the Vampire Slayer at a young age and I have been obsessed with it ever since. I loved Joss Whedon’s characters and how the vampires still seemed so human. The show was thought provoking and comical. The dialogue was never stiff and the character were all around awesome (even the bad ones.) I became obsessed with writing my own vampire story after that. Whedon’s vampires were so different than anything I had seen before, or since, and I just remember thinking ‘I want to do that.’
I write what I do to bring a different view point. I know that I have come into an already well developed genre, but I think that my work stands out because my vampires are so different than those in the main stream. They don’t sparkle, they aren’t vegetarian. While they drink from blood bags when they have to, they prefer fresh humans with no concern about hiding the bodies.
How does my writing process work?
In random bursts, to be honest. My writing process has been full of self doubt and me dragging my feet. I am concerned that my sequel won’t be as good as the first so I procrastinate a lot. When I am feeling confident, I sit down, work through it, and I make sure that it flows and doesn’t sound silly. It helps to have people in my life who encourage me, of course.
So there you have it!
I hope that this post gives a little more insight to me. I love doing posts like this!
I have 5 amazing ladies I’d like to nominate! Please go check them out on May 12th, and see what they have to say to these questions!
Tricia Drammeh– Tricia is a wife, a mother of four children, a coffee junkie, and the author of contemporary fiction and paranormal novels for Young Adult and New Adult readers. She has penned seven complete novels including The Fifth Circle, The Seance, and The Claiming Words Series. Tricia has lived in Ohio, Georgia, California, and Missouri, but now proudly calls New Hampshire home. When she isn’t writing, she can be found devouring books, chasing cats, or interview up-and-coming authors on Authors to Watch
Victoria Barrow– A Texas native, Victoria currently lives in California with her fiance and their two cats. She has a moderately unhealthy obsession with MMORPGS, and when she is not writing, spends a lot time shooting bad guys. Her bookshelf includes everything from Tolkien to home repair. She’s very fond of anything urban/paranormal fantasy, and has an entire shelf dedicated to zombies.
Shelina (A Writer Inspired)– Shelina runs an incredibly successful blog and also writes the entertaining series “The Interpreter Diaries.” She has traveled the world, is fiercely independent, and does anything and everything she can to keep not only her life inspired, but you as well.
Sophie E. Tallis– Located in the UK, Sophie spends her working hours as a full-time teacher, inspiring young minds for the past 14 years. Her first passion has always been writing and poetry, which she has done since a young age. She is also incredibly artistic and divides her time between writing, teaching and her artwork. She enjoyws travelling when she can and has a profound love of landscapes, particularly those of New Zealand and Dartmoor. She also enjoys stargazing, playing chess, watching films (especially sci-fi & fantasy) and buying yet more bookcases for her growing library! She is a self-proclaimed lover of wild places and the written word. She even admits to being a bit of a nerd, which is always awesome.
Joleene Naylor– Joleene Naylor grew up in southwest Iowa surrounded by soybeans, corn and very little entertainment – so she made her own. She has been writing and drawing since she was a small child, with a particular leaning towards fantasy, horror and paranormal. It is this love of all that goes bump in the night that lead her to write the paranormal fantasy series Amaranthine. Besides writing, she also creates amazing book covers, maintains a large selection of free stock photos, and illustrates a weekly web comic. In what free time she has, Joleene blogs, updates her website and hopes to win the lottery. Until she does, she and her husband live in Missouri with their dog, cats and turtles. However, until she actually starts buying tickets, she may never actually win anything.
I hope everyone checks out their blogs an their books! Thank you so much for reading!