Blog Tour — Update and Downside

I’ve passed the halfway mark of my Daughter Am I blog tour, and already I’m feeling sad that it’s going to come to and end. I was a bit nervous in the beginning about making such a blogging commitment, but it’s worked out great. My hosts have been very kind, my commenters generous, and the stops have been varied enough to be interesting. You can see the entire schedule here: Blog Tour 2009. The beautiful thing about an online book tour is that if you missed a stop, you can still come to visit, and I will always be there to greet you.

The only downside of my tour so far came today when today’s host didn’t post my bloggery. So I posted it. You can find the interview at: Dragon My Feet. Dragon My Feet is my procrastination blog. It was supposed to be the place where I talked about everything I was doing to procrastinate, yet somehow I never got around to posting what I intended. By default, it’s become a book blog.  Now that I mention it — if you have any promotional materials you would like me to post, such as an interview, a press release, a review by a friend, a blurb, send it, along with a jpeg of your book cover, to pat(at)patbertram.com. I’ll be glad to post it on Dragon My Feet. Don’t forget to substitute @ for (at) when you send the email.

I planned to do a recap to let you know what I have learned so far about blog tours, but I haven’t learned much. At least I don’t think I have. Nor am I sure I’d do it again. Don’t get me wrong — I’d like to. I really have been having fun. It’s  just that it seems so presumptuous to ask people if they will be a host for the tour. It’s a lot of work for them, and I’m not sure what they get out of it. Interestingly, I felt just as presumptuous when I was asking authors if they would like to be a guest on my blog.

If I do it again, I will have the articles written ahead of time. So much less pressure! On the other hand, I did write a lot of articles ahead of time, but then I posted them on my blog, so it sort of defeated the purpose.

Be sure to check back tomorrow — Aaron Lazar, author of the LeGarde mysteries, will be a guest here while I am a guest at his MurderBy4 blog.

Don’t forget, you can download 30% of Daughter Am I free at Smashwords.

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12 Responses to “Blog Tour — Update and Downside”

  1. knightofswords Says:

    When the next book comes out, you’re going to be all pumped up for a blog tour twice as long as this one.

    Malcolm

  2. L. V. Gaudet Says:

    Hey, it’s never presumptuous when you ask instead of presuming to tell (someone to host or be hosted).

    I don’t know about others, but what I got out of hosting your tour stop was that I enjoyed it, met some new cyberpeeps, and following your tour introduced some interesting new blogs to me.

    It also left me thinking that I might like to make hosting other writers on my blog a regular blog feature. Doing that might even help stir the creative blog juices (which of course is quite different from the writing juices) and make my own blogging more active and interactive.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      You’re so active in the facebook discussion groups that many writers already know you. You shouldn’t have any trouble at all getting guests. I always scheduled guests sporadically, but a lot of bloggers set aside a specific day such as Monday for guests.

      If you do have guests, be sure to let Susan at win a book know so she can post the link!

  3. joylene Says:

    You did good, Pat. You should be very proud.

  4. Sheila Deeth Says:

    I can just imagine you writing the pieces ahead of time and using them elsewhere. It’s those words. They just won’t wait.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      It’s not as if words go stale — they don’t come with an expiration date — but they just don’t want to wait! Or maybe it’s me who doesn’t want to wait.

  5. Dave Ebright Says:

    You did a great job – hope you sell lots of books. It was nice getting to know you & the other bloggers & writers.


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