Author Olivia Boler

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July 22nd, 2012

Bewitching Blog Tour Update

There’s been a scheduling change to the last few days of my Bewitching Blog Tour, so I thought I’d just let you all know. Here is the rest of the schedule as of today:

July 22 Guest blog and review
A Chick Who Reads
http://achickwhoreads.blogspot.com

July 22 Guest blog and review
Black Hippie Chick’s Take on Books & The World
Http://blackhippiechick.wordpress.com

July 23 Interview
Mary’s Garden
http://marysbooksblogger.blogspot.com/

July 25 Interview
Books, Books The Magical Fruit
http://booksbooksthemagicalfruit.blogspot.com

July 30 Review
Books, Books, and More Books
http://dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.com/

Thanks, and please pass this on to friends and family who might be interested. I’m not sure how effective this has been as far as new sales go. There’s definitely been a lot of ebooks given away, and positive reviews but not many (any?) new sales. Is that over-sharing? If you’ve done a book blog tour, has it helped your books’ sales?

July 1st, 2012

Upcoming Bewitching Book Tour

Crazy times, folks, but guess what? I’ve actually been writing. Remember all that gushing I did over the Book Passage Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference? Well, it actually paid off, creatively.

On the third day of the conference, as I was driving across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin, the idea for a children’s book came to me. I won’t write too much about it, since I’m not quite finished with the first draft, but I’ll say this: It’s a chapter book for a young middle reader, and I actually have an ending.

*Fireworks!!!*

You might ask, what’s the big deal? Ho ho ho! Writing endings, at least among the writers I know, is notoriously difficult. Sure, a great idea and an even better beginning—that’s a cake walk! The middle part, the journey, the getting there—totally fun. Full steam ahead. But the ending…How to tie up the bow on these literary gifts? Ah…Well, why would we want our journey to end? I could wax philosophical about novel endings and how they perhaps are symbols for dying and death (right…), but never mind all that. Let’s just say, writing endings sucks. But lo and behold, this current project already has an ending (in my head!), and I’m already making a list of possible adventures for my protagonists (a series! a series!).

So, that’s why I haven’t been so good with the blog. Apologies. BUT…

TheFlowerBowlSpell

 

My second book blog tour with Bewitching Book Tours begins July 9 and runs through July 23, for two weeks. I’m ramping up for it (giveaways! interviews! guest blogs! reviews!) so there will be many Tweets and Posts on FB soon. Get ready to be inundated with promo mojo.

Oh, and a Happy 4th of July. Eat a hot dog or two—it’s bad for you in a good way.

May 13th, 2012

Mother’s Day Gift—List of Book Blog Tours

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! Yes, this is how I spend my morning—posting on my blog. I also folded laundry and painted my kid’s nails, but I did get breakfast in bed. That doesn’t happen every day.

Anyway, it’s been an exciting time around Casa Writerville. Paperback book sales of The Flower Bowl Spell are on. My husband received his first copy (knowing him, he’ll buy more) in the mail. Talks are happening with one of my favorite local San Francisco bookstores, Bird & Beckett, for me to read there. I launched a discussion on Book Blogs about blog tours that’s currently featured on that website’s home page. And I’m gathering intell about book blog tours, making queries. I thought, as my Mother’s Day gift to you, dear readers and writers, I’d share what I’ve learned.

 

Paul's copy of TFBS, signed

 

There are several book bloggers and publicists running blog tours and blitzes (a less expensive alternative to tours), doing the organizing with bloggers they know so the author doesn’t have to do it herself. That’s why you’re paying them, right? Most include in their packages badges, buttons, promos on Twitter and Facebook, personal tour pages, book and ebook giveaways, author interviews on the participating bloggers’ sites as well as character interviews, links to retailers, and reviews.

Book Blog Tours I’ve Explored So Far

Young Adult Novel Reader: Rachel is a blogger who mainly focuses on YA novels, but is currently expanding her reach to authors and bloggers in other genres. Reasonably priced tours are available, from a $10 cover reveal to a $100 month-long tour.

Bewitching Book Tours: Pretty well established, the prices are right too, from $25 for a one-day release blitz to the $150 Make Magic Happen 1-month blog tour. These bloggers specialize in paranormal, urban fantasy, and paranormal erotica.

Goddess Fish Promotions: Over here, they like romance of all kinds—fantasy, paranormal, suspense, historical—as well as YA and Middle Grade fiction. Prices range from $40 for a 1-week tour to $210 for the Super Premium with 20 blog stops over 4 weeks AND creation of a book video. Pretty sweet deal because a book video is something I haven’t even begun to wrap my mind around…*sigh*

Cozy on the Couch: Recently launched by book blogger Colette of A Buckeye Girl Reads, Cozy on the Couch has reasonable prices and since it’s so new, might offer very personalized service. The most expensive tour package is $19.99, and includes 5 blogs over a week.

Tribute Books: Also a publisher, Tribute Books has a variety of book blog tour services, from a $50 5-stop spotlight tour to the $300 20-stop tour. They seem like a good choice for any genre.

Nurture Your Books: Kind of the Cadillac of book blog tours and offering a number of other publicity services. You need to fill out their online form to find out prices, but they are comprehensive.

There’s more out there of course. But for now, I have to go get ready for my Mother’s Day luncheon. :)

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