Blog Tours can gain exposure for your new release on sites with a different readership than your own. If anything, readers might be prompted to go look up your book if the post piques their interest. Name recognition and exposure is the goal more so than selling books. You want to expose your work to new audiences. A blog tour can be an important tool in your marketing and book promotion arsenal.
Another huge benefit is that you’ll gain reviews. The tour hosts, if this is what they offer, may post a review on their blog sites, Goodreads, Amazon, and in some cases on BookBub.
Decide if you want to book your own virtual blog tour or if you’re rather hire a tour organizer. You can also do both if you have a list of bloggers you can approach on your own. How do you find these people to start? Check out the blog tours of authors who write in the same genre. Go to each site and look for contact information and submission guidelines. Some will do reviews. Others will offer interviews or spotlights. Begin a list of possible sites with these details, including if there’s an online submission form. If you want to cast a wider net, consider a Bookstagram tour or look for YouTube Book Vloggers or podcasters that will host you.
To arrange a virtual tour yourself, send a query to the host. Mention your book title and details, the release date, a short book description with buy links, and if you have digital or physical advance reading copies available. On your list, jot down the date when you sent this query. If you get no response and several weeks have passed, send out a reminder letter. Also note down when you get an answer and the date you send the ARC to the host. Keep meticulous records, because you’ll use the same people again for the next book if they follow through. When they do post a review or host an interview, write the date and add the link to your notes.
Once you’ve been accepted by the hosts, write your blogs. What do you write about? My advice is to scribble down topics as you are writing your work-in-progress. Subjects can relate to the research you had to do, to the writing process itself, or to the reason why you were inspired to write this book. Another popular item for a post is a character interview or a “day in the life” essay by your protagonist.
At the end of each post, put your book blurb and buy links; plus an author bio with links to your social media sites. Send an author photo and book cover along with your post to the host.
To attract readers, offer a grand prize drawing from all commenters during the tour and/or do a giveaway on each site.
Publish your tour schedule on your website and broadcast it on your social media. Create an eye-catching graphic and use it to make this an event. Post it as an event on your Facebook author page and with your Appearances on your website. Use these sites to create memes: BookBrush, https://bookbrush.com or Canva, http://www.canva.com
Be sure to show up the day of the posting on each site to answer comments. Thank the host for having you on her site.
If you’d rather hire a tour organizer, you’ll get the benefit of their network of hosts and their publicity on your behalf. You’ll also perhaps get a graphic you can use to publicize the event. Decide if you want to do guest blogs, interviews, spotlights, or reviews.
Here are some tour host companies:
Partners in Crime – http://www.partnersincrimetours.net/
Goddess Fish Promotions – http://www.goddessfish.com/
Bewitching Book Tours – http://bewitchingbooktours.blogspot.com/
Xpresso Book Tours – http://xpressobooktours.com/
Historical Fiction – http://hfvirtualbooktours.com/
Enticing Journey – http://www.enticingjourneybookpromotions.com/p/welcome.html
Give Me Books – https://givemebooksblog.blogspot.com/
Audiobookworm Promotions – http://audiobookwormpromotions.com/tours/
To summarize, follow these steps:
- Solicit Hosts or Hire a Tour Organizer
- Decide Topics
- Write Blogs
- Send Posts to Hosts or Tour Organizer
- Offer Prizes to Commenters or a Grand Prize for the Tour
- Publicize Schedule
- Thank the Hosts
- Tally Results
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