So, check, did that! Go, me!
There were sixty places I wanted to contact, and over a five-day time period, I got all sixty of them sent a tour request. So far, twenty of them have replied to reserve a spot. I think that is doing rather well, thank you very much. Then two more bloggers I didn't send a request volunteered to host me for a day on my tour. And who knows, maybe more of them will reply later on.
My big goal was forty blogs (yes, I aimed high!) with four stops a day. But I'm not so sure I could handle scheduling forty different places and keeping track of them, and organizing, and...whew, makes me dizzy just thinking about it.
The pros and cons I've learned from setting up your own virtual book tour are these:
*Some people have flat out told me they only deal with publishers or professional tour planners, they don't like to hassle with individual authors. So there's a big con.
*Trying to keep everything in order is really, really time consuming.
*Making sure each blogger has everything they need is going to be lots of work too.
*I've met so many new and interesting people this week. If I'd had someone else plan all this, I wouldn't have heard about new babies coming on girls getting ready for college. One blogger even got me to buy some new buttons for my social networking sites that she designed especially for me (can you see them over there on the right sidebar?!).
*When you do it yourself, you don't have to worry about things not getting done. You have complete control over...well, things!
I bought a bunch of different things for prizes, thinking some people might want to give away something besides a book. But a majority just want the book!
So that has been my adventures in book tour scheduling. It's definitely a learning experience.
All right, enough about that.
I've Gone Greek
Guess what? Yep, one of my books is being sold...in Greece. Is that totally cool or what? Can you guess which book it is?
Okay, for all you who don't speak Greek, it's The Best Mistake. I knew it was going to be translated, but I had no idea it was going to get a new cover too. Isn't it beautiful?
So that's what I've been up to lately. What have you been doing?