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TimeSplash: Pre-Tour interview With Graham Storrs

Novelist Graham Storrs first novel is being published on February 15th by lyricalpress, at the same time he is also taking his first brave steps into the world of virtual book tours (blog tours).
Before the tour, Shack’s comings and goings spent some time with him, asking him questions on the issues of putting together a first ever tour and was it easy or did he wake up in the night screaming?

Secrets of a Non-Fiction Blog Tour

Most writers are aware of virtual book tours for novels, some have taken a closer interest in them and some have run their own tour promoting their own novel.
But what if you are working on a non-fiction book?
Are Virtual book tours suitable for non-fiction works?
Jennifer Roland has asked these questions, found the answers and run a successful blog tour promoting her non-fiction book. Addressing a tight niche, in a technical market, her book’s marketing requirements are distinctly different from those of a fiction novel. If you are writing or considering a non-fiction work, then you will find her experiences most interesting.

Secrets From The Deadly Intent Blog Tour 2009

In July I came across a blog tour that stood out from all the rest. At the time I was so impressed by it that I tweeted it out as a mark to measure yourself against when judging just how serious you are when promoting a published novel. The blog tour was the Deadly Intent Blog Tour and Camy Tang was the power house behind it. Covering forty five days it had over sixty venues, offered different content and used some innovative additions to the standard blog tour repertoire. All of this marked her tour as one that you can study and learn from.
Recently I was able to interview Camy about her tour and about the interesting extras that she included.

A Look at Virtual Book Tours

This November I am looking at Virtual Book Tours, more commonly known as Blog Tours.
We start with an absolutely brilliant post from Camy Tang, that covers all aspects of virtual book tours.

How to Plan a Blog Tour

I had originally intended to write my own post on virtual book tours but whilst doing the research Camy suggested that I looked at her post on organising a blog tour. Her post is so good that I dropped the idea of writing one and asked her instead if we could use hers on the blog, thankfully she agreed.

Earlier this year Camy ran her Deadly Intent Blog Tour which ran for nearly two months, had an astounding number of venues and is notable in the diversity of methods and content that Camy used to promote her book. So far this year, the Deadly Intent blog tour, has set ‘The Standard’ for others to follow.

Using Short Stories as a Marketing Tool

In today’s world more people are reading short stories on mobile phones, e-zines, e-readers, story sites and magazines, because the quick reading experience fits into their lifestyles.
This means that we have a large audience of readers who are eager to read short stories.
This audience is generally ignored by novelists.
This is a big mistake.
Why?
Because, they can be using short stories as a marketing tool.

215 Things An Author Must Do

Last week I had two comments that prompted this weeks post. The first one was from George Angus who made the observation “I think that folks may not realise all of the things to take into consideration when they sit at the computer to write”. Hmm, I think he may be correct.

The second one came [...]

How To Comment SPAM Without Causing Offence

Site owners aren’t born yesterday, they know that many of the comments on their sites are there partly for self-promotion. However if the spam comment is of the flavour “acceptable” then Akismet, the site owner and most importantly the other readers will accept it. So, just what is acceptable spam?