Today the grand lady of blog tours, Donna Huber, is on mine to showcase her own work.
Plan a successful blog tour while keeping your sanity
From the publicist who introduced the world to Fifty Shades of Grey, Donna Huber is now revealing her secrets to successful blog tours. She shares tips and tricks learned through organizing over 30 tours, blasts, and promotional events for nearly 50 independently and traditionally published titles.
Secrets revealed in this quick read include,
Planning stage decisions
Different types of tours
Recruiting bloggers and keeping requests organized
Best practice communication tips
Tricks to making a great guest appearance
How to organize a fun (and legal) giveaway
Actions to take during the tour
Next steps once the tour is complete
Virtual tour and other promotional opportunities
When to hire a professional
And she shares one of her secrets to success!
Top 10 Places to Find Bloggers
Bloggers should be a key component in an indie author’s marketing plan and I’m often asked where to find bloggers. Here are my go to directories and sites for finding bloggers for my clients.
- The Book Blogger List – http://bookbloggerlist.com/§
- YA Book Blog Directory – http://yabookblogdirectory.blogspot.com/§
- Book Blogger Directory – http://bookbloggerdirectory.wordpress.com/§
- Google – use your genre and blogger in your search terms
- Goodreads – check to see if any bloggers have added your book to their shelf. This is a little time consuming as you must click on each profile to see if they link to a blog.
- BookBlogs.ning – http://bookblogs.ning.com§ – A social media site for connecting with bloggers. Get involved in groups to build relationships with bloggers and other authors.
- Picket Fence Blogs – http://picketfenceblogs.com/§ – The blogs here are not exclusively books, but you can narrow it down by category. It is also a voting site, so you will get an idea of how popular a blog it.
- TNBBC’s The Next Best Book Book Blog – http://thenextbestbookblog.blogspot.com/p/indieself-published-supporters.html§ – Often you will run across blogs that do not accept indie or self-published books, TNBBC maintains a list of blogs that do.
- Top 50 Book Blogs – http://www.invesp.com/blog-rank/books§
- Twitter – check your followers, do a search of #bloggers, #readers to find bloggers. I don’t recommend pitching to a blogger on Twitter, unless their review policy specifically states it’s okay.
But who is Donna?
Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the blogger behind Girl Who Reads where, in addition to book reviews and author appearances, she writes the popular blogging advice series, Tips on Thursday. She has worked as a freelance publicist since 2010 assisting publishers and authors with their marketing and publicity needs. Most notably, she was the publicist for The Writerís Coffee Shop Publishing House edition of Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James.
When she is not doling out blogging advice or promoting the next bestseller, she can be found spending time with family (particularly the four legged, furry members), rewatching Downton Abbey and Harry Potter, or trying to make a dent in her never ending to-be-read pile.
Join the Twitter Party: August 15 at 8:00 pm eastern #GWRchat
And then there is the Giveaway!
Prizes (2): 5 – 9 stop tour; $20 Amazon Gift Card
Should you want to read more and follow this tour, below you will find the entire schedule.
July 29 Fresh Pot of Tea http://alisondeluca.blogspot.com/ Review & Guest Post
July 30 Sarah Aisling http://www.sarahaisling.com Guest Post
July 31 1 Book Lover’s Opinion http://www.1bookloversopinion.com Guest Post
Aug. 1 What Shall We Blog About Today? http://kenowinsky.blogspot.com Review & TOp 10 List
Aug. 2 Jude Ouvrard Www.judeouvrard.com Interview
Aug. 3 Jamie Sheffield Www.jamiesheffield.com Interview
Aug. 4 From the desk of . . . R.E. Hargrave http://www.rehargrave.com Interview
Aug. 5 All That’s Written … https://lucypireel.wordpress.com/ Top 10 List
Aug. 6 Italian Brat’s Obsessions http://itlnbrt.com Review & Guest Post
Aug. 7 Author S.A. Jones http://www.authorsajones.com Review & Book Promo
Aug. 8 Karen Pokras Toz http://kptoz.blogspot.com Guest Post
Aug. 9 Lisa Bilbrey Www.lisabilbrey.blogspot.com Guest Post
Aug. 10 Elizabeth Lawrence, Author & Professional Oddity http://elizabeth-lawrence-author.blogspot.com/ Guest Post
Aug. 11 Aria Glazki Writes ariaglazki.blogspot.com Guest Post
Aug. 12 Rose & Beps Blog http://rosebeps.blogspot.it/ Guest Post
Aug. 13 Cabin Goddess http://cabingoddess.com/ Review
Aug. 14 Killer Chicks http://www.killerchicks.org/ Interview
Aug. 15 Twitter Party 8 pm eastern #GWRchat
Aug. 16 Library Girl Reads & Reviews http://librarygirlreads.blogspot.com Review & Top 10 List