Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and cats, Kravitz and Springsteen.
Going on tour!
Award-winning author Mandy Baggot talks blogs and books...
‘I’m doing a blog tour, it’s worldwide and there are giveaways, guest posts and interviews.’ What?! The words ‘going on tour’ gives the impression that you have turned into Jon Bon Jovi and will be climbing aboard a bus full of guitars and amps and taking off across the world performing to thousands of screaming fans. If only an author could!
A blog tour is much easier than employing roadies or groupies but it is essential if you want to get your book reviewed and under the eye of the millions of readers out there.
Going on tour with your book simply means arranging for book blogs\websites to read a preview copy of your novel and post something about it. Most of the time this will be a review – hopefully a fantastic review – or other times it could be an author interview or guest post. Most blog tours will involve a mixture of all of these.
Readers like to find out about you the author and they are also fascinated by the knowledge you’ve picked up on your writing journey. For my blog tour for my romantic suspense novel, Security, some of the topics I talked about were the peril of distractions, the top ten things you might not know about me and my typical writing day.
A good blog tour will be well planned out, be worldwide and have something different for those readers who will want to follow you around the whole length of the tour.
As well as a blog tour through my publishers, I’ve also organised tours through blog tour organisers. Having a coordinator helps because they will probably have blogger contacts wider than your circle and they can put everything together for you, stopping the constant emails back and forth that eat into your writing time. You can choose a timescale to suit you – one week, two weeks, a whole month and just watch the interest in your book grow. You’ll be amazed the effect it has.
So, to get your novel more widely read, hop on the tour bus!
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