I've Gone Greek!

Friday, July 20, 2012
I've kept myself busy this week, planning for my big book tour in October.  They say you need to contact the blogs you want to be on your tour two to three months beforehand so you can reserve your spot, and also to give the blogger time to read your book if they need to do so.

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?


  1. Congrats. You've been a busy girl. My head spins when thinking about blog tours. I can barely keep up with my own blog! Greece...squee... that's is such fantastic news!!! Go Linda, Go Linda!!!!

  2. Woo-Hoo! Go, Linda! You're doing GREAT! Cool badges. I can't wait to read this book :)

    It is a lot of work to get everything to the bloggers for a tour, as I'm finding out. And I like being in control, too :)

    Happy Weekend!

  3. Thank you, thank you, Guys!!! I'm excited. But I did discover another CON against doing tours yourself. You can't blame someone else when the specialized tour request for Blogger A gets emailed to Blogger B's address. Yep, I did that!! Very embarrassing.

  4. CONGRATS on all the great news. You know you're always welcome over on my blog. :)

    1. I might just take you up on that, Amber! Thanks :)

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  6. Well done, Linda, for being so procative! I've never fancied an official blog tour - had enough trouble just keeping up with those I was featured on. But I know it's probably a good idea. Let me know if it's worth it in the end. Love the Greek cover!

  7. That's so awesome about your book being translated to Greek! :D

    Blog touring is a LOT of work. I can't even imagine trying to schedule forty blogs! I did ten on my blog tour and that was a lot to put together. O_o Good luck! You've been so busy!

  8. Wow, the blog tour does seem like a lot fo work--especially 60 spots!!

    Congrats on going Greek! That's exciting!

  9. Wow! Translated into Greek! That is so cool!! And best of luck to you with your extremely ambitious (but I think you're up for the challenge!) blog tour set up!