Travel, hotels, lights, camera, action, readings, signings, interview for hokey local morning shows, such glamour.
It's a VIRTUAL book tour...so....
Posts about anything and everything you can come up with somehow related back to the book you're trying to hock, "character interviews" (oy), all about me posts including the requisite "why I write" and "How long I've been keeping notebooks" plus the ever thrilling "who inspires me" paragraphs, contests/giveaways/begging for comments, and of course, the blurbs/excerpts and finally, the reviews.
It is in many ways more exhausting as it requires you to continue to write, be creative on (virtual) paper, come up with scintillating answers that will live forever in potential internet ignominy. And no room service?
I bring this up today as fair warning and to open a discussion about blogs in general. There was a day when a blogger was a glamorous pseudo-journalist, pontificating and editorializing all over the screen in a way frowned upon by traditional newspapers and magazines. Now, we (and I do use the Royal We, thanks) are a penny a baker's dozen, running our collective mouths on everything from "craft" to "inspiration" to "cute kittens" and "dancing robots" and (God help us) "Star Wars." I know I can roll my eyes, because I've done it ALL. Anything to prove I'm alive, busy, and really flipping talented.
And in order to promote my upcoming series (see: Vacation blogpost last week) I will be embarking on a series of tours, simultaneously designed to get you ready to read my Hot Realtors Series or at the very least whap you upside your head with my fabulousness.
Tell me, IS it the blog tour, the incessant blog posting that sell YOUR books? Or is it the act of writing, getting published and writing and getting published some more that does it?
The podium is yours. I've got about twenty different interviews and posts to write....