Friday, December 6, 2013

Guest Post - Debbie Brown

Author Debbie Brown shares a little of what she's learned about Blog Tour Etiquette:

If you are thinking of putting together a blog tour, then there are several points to consider. If you are going to be hosted on a blog, and not necessarily as part of a tour, then you should have a brief discussion with the one hosting you.
Here are some suggestions for a successful book blog tour

1) It is not necessary to post ALL info about the book/author, but a picture of the book should be a minimum, with a blurb, teaser or excerpt to inform blog readers about it. (Post the links to where an interested reader can find more info).

2) Reviews;
        -having the blog host read and review is important. If is not your genre, either respectfully decline or be objective. Keep in mind that we are here to promote the book/author.
        -posting the review before or after hosting the book will create curiosity and add visibility.
        -If you are hosting, you probably should have read the book BEFORE you blog about it.

3) Vary blogs;
        -By respecting a ratio of 1:1 or 1:2 (blogs with higher number of followers vs newer blogs with fewer followers) not only gets the book out there but also helps the newer or lesser known blogs gain some visibility.

4) Book Genre compatibility with blog genre…
       -Ex: I write YA, so having my book on an erotica blog is far from a good match. And no, I am not exaggerating, this happens more than you can imagine.

5) Have the blog of the day post a link to the next blog on the tour to allow readers to follow the book through the whole tour.

6) BEFORE the blog tour starts, schedule a 15-30 min open chat or exchange where all participants can ask/answer questions, (even a feed on Goodreads or other, but so everyone can discuss ideas and be on the same page).

7) Be creative, check out other blogs that have hosted and remember to have fun. I was surprised when I saw this interview posted. I was the one to answer the questions, but the way she worded them on her blog was as though we were chatting. It was a nice change from the copy-and-paste I had expected. Take a look:

8) On the tour date, DO NOT post anything else but the book you are hosting, do not overshadow the post. It defeats the purpose of promoting someone if you can’t easily find them.

9) If you do not like the book, discuss with the moderator of the blog tour. You might like to withdraw and be part of another tour. You do not have to like the book, but the idea of giving bad publicity is not the purpose of the tour.

10) If the book is filled with mistakes or is an all-around ‘bad book’, (it happens) by having read it in advance, the moderator and author can be contacted, the book could be declined for the book tour. Just as the integrity of the author is to be respected, so is that of the blog site.

Media Kit for Amethyst eyes
Title: Amethyst Eyes
Author: Debbie Brown
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: 242 pages
Release Date: November 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1493513284
Imprint: Mythos Press

The biggest thing on 15-year-old Tommy's mind is convincing Mom to let him go to the drive-in, but when an accident claims his mother's life and puts him in the hospital, the arrival of his estranged, alien father brings more changes than he had bargained for. It doesn't take his father long to figure out that Tommy knows nothing about who or what he is. Without any explanation, Tommy finds himself onboard his father's spaceship where he is forced to trust a man he does not know in a world he knows even less about.
Adapting to his new life seems overwhelming, and his father's solution may prove to be Tommy's finest challenge yet...Jayden. A few months younger than Tommy, high strung and always in a mood, the doctor's daughter definitely didn't like being 'told' to help Tommy fit in. Jayden is not the most welcoming or patient of tutors, let alone a friend. As fate would have it, Tommy quickly learns that none of these things compare to the peril that comes from being born with amethyst eyes.
Links to purchase:
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About the Author:
Over the years I have worked as a nurse, a school teacher, a martial arts instructor, baseball, figure-skating and gymnastics coach as well as an artist, selling my paintings in an art gallery. I have been part of an orchestra, flown planes and gone on wilderness hikes. I am an officer in the Canadian Forces, and though I have taught on different military bases, for now I work primarily with cadets. Writing full time is my next goal.
Here is where you can connect with Debbie
Amethyst Eyes Tour Dates:
 Tuesday the 3rd of December Fantasy Ultimate Spotlight and Guest post with Grace
Thursday the 5th December: From the Land of Empyrean Spotlight 

Tuesday the 10th December: Indie Author: How To  Spotlight and Guest post with Kisha
Wednesday the 11th December: Deborah Jay  Excerpt and Spotlight with Deborah
Thursday the 12th December: The One Saga Spotlight and Interview with Matthew
Friday the 13th December: Paperback Hero Aaron  Spotlight and Guest post with Aaron
Wednesday 18th December: The Dragonian Series Spotlight with Adrienne
Thursday 19th December: Donna Spotlight With Donna
Tuesday the 24th December: Crossroad Reviews Spotlight with Jessica
Thursday the 26st December: Have You Heard Book Review Spotlight and Guest post with Melanie

Tuesday the 31st December:  Adrienne Woods Review and Spotlight



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