2 Easy Steps To A Massive Blog Tour

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My friend Suzanne Rogerson was able to create weeks’ worth of blog tours (aka publicity for her new book) by doing….something. What, though? I had to know. For you, or course, because I love you guys.

So I asked her:

Suzanne, can you send me whatever you posted and blogged to get so many sites to review your book and ask for guest blogs? I’d like to try that!

Thanks,

Dan

 

Her reply was prompt (it’s all pretty much her until it’s me again at the bottom):

 

Dan, all I did was (1) this blog post;

https://suzannerogersonfantasyauthor.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/visions-of-zarua-update-fantasy-review-request-tuesdaybookblog/

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Then I (2) retweeted it for a few days using different hashtags like #fantasy #tuesdaybookblog #WWWblogs #readers #bloggers #reviewers. Lots of my followers retweeted as well. Mostly the people that offered to help were bloggers that have previously commented on my posts or I’ve commented on theirs.

That’s all it took to fill a two week schedule! It was a mad few days, especially after feeling so depressed about things.

Hope it works out for you if you decide to do a tour.

Suzanne

 

Suzanne’s Blog Post:

Visions of Zarua update & #Fantasy #Review Request #WWWblogs

Posted on May 24, 2016

I found out over the weekend that my planned 1 day book blitz had fallen through. I sulked for a bit (a few days if I’m truthful), drunk some wine, contemplated giving up, and then today I had a breakthrough – why not arrange my own mini tour. With indie publishing anything is possible, isn’t it?

I know it won’t have the reach of a properly organised tour, but

I’m hoping all you lovely bloggers and retweeters will help me spread the word.

The plan (which I am making up as I go along) is to have a week where people agree to post their reviews of Visions of Zarua.

I’m looking for – book reviewers, book bloggers and readers who enjoy fantasy and would be willing to offer their time reading my debut book.

I’m offering –  a free ebook of Visions of Zarua and my eternal gratitude.

In exchange for – an honest review on your blog, Amazon, Goodreads etc. I’d also be happy to take part in interviews, Q&A sessions, guest posts etc. If you haven’t time to review the book, maybe you might consider one of these alternatives.

Time scale – I was thinking of 5 weeks time w/c 27th June. I know that’s short notice but I am an impatient sort of person and I hate sitting around waiting for things to happen. If that date doesn’t work for you, but you are willing to help me out then please still get in touch.

What I hope to achieve – I’m hoping to drum up some interest in my book and I think the best way to achieve that is with reviews. Blitzing the internet with reviews over a set week will hopefully spread the reach and persuade people that it’s worth taking a chance on Visions of Zarua.

I may get no response from this request, or maybe I’ll be inundated with replies, who knows. All I can do is take a chance, as with every aspect of self publishing.

Even if you haven’t time to get involved, I still appreciate any retweets and reposts you are able to do over the coming weeks.

Please leave any comments below, or use the contact form on the website to email me. Thanks for reading.

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Here’s what others have been saying about Visions of Zarua on Amazon and Goodreads.

  • ‘It’s so lovely to read a book that is a stand alone completed tapestry… I definitely recommend you give this book a try as it’s a real all in-one fantastical adventure story.’
  • ‘Wonderful fantasy meets mystery!’
  • ‘Dark sorcery with slithering secrets… Visions of Zarua casts a shadow of excitement giving the fantasy genre a nice little jolt.’
  • ‘Thrilling and dark fantasy novel… from the very first chapter I was hooked. Overall I just love this book… I can’t wait to read more of the author’s work’
  • ‘Enjoyable read with a hint of classic “who dunnit”…’
  • ‘A brilliant read… would recommend to anyone who likes murder, mystery and of course fantasy’
  • ‘The perfect amount of epicness… one of those fantasy books that can please any reader’
  • ‘If you want a great book that takes you away from the monotony of daily life, then this is the book for you’
  • ‘Gripping, well written story…the intertwined stories kept me gripped until the end. I recommend, even if you’re not a fantasy fan!’
  • ‘…putting this book down, because of the non-reader-friendly-world I live in, made me unhappy. Mrs Rogerson deserves standing ovation for her debut novel… I will applaud with pride and appreciation. Visions of Zarua was simply a story that I love.’

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Two wizards, 350 years apart. Together they must save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past.

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria. Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master Kalesh dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate. Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer. The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

(Links to recent reviews can be found on the Visions of Zarua page)

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There it is, gang; a heartfelt post asking for help, and the requests to review her book came pouring in. Simple and effective.

For those of you looking for some reviews and publicity – and we all are – I suggest you try her approach. Use this as a template. Some of the replies said they wouldn’t be able to make her deadline; take them anyway. You’ll need a review next month and three months from now just as much as you need one today.

Oh, and you can grab her amazing book HERE (US) and HERE (UK)

So tell your followers what you need and let them respond!

What have YOU done to get a blog tour to happen?

 

Colleen Landry – The Funniest Blog I Read. Probably.

If you aren’t reading Colleen Landry’s blog, ask yourself why not. Actually, don’t ask yourself, because that’s silly. You’ll start arguing with yourself and that can’t end well. Just click over and read Colleen’s blog about getting hit by a car. Yeah, she makes getting hit by a car funny.

Unfortunately, I Can’t Cook for a Month Because I Got Hit by a Car

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Yesterday I came ‘this close’ to being the victim of vehicular manslaughter and NO IT WASN’T because I darted in front of an 18-wheeler without looking like the last time so you can stop rolling your eyes!! Frig. I’m lucky to be alive, even though it feels like you don’t take me seriously at times. Look, if you feel horrible (as you should) about doubting me, you can contribute to my convalescence. To do so, simply click on the fake legitimate link at the end of this story and donate to Go Fund Me. I’ve been to hell and back and your support makes the struggle worthwhile. Blessings to you and your family for giving your last fifty generously.

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Here’s my gory recount of what happened yesterday. Reader discretion is advised! Here goes…I noticed after a large breakfast of bacon and eggs (and waffles) that my muffin top was spilling over my shorts the rain had dissipated after a dreary weekend and I figured it was a good time for a vigorous(ish) bike ride. I donned my skin-tight sweats biking outfit and set out to beat my personal best of 10 km in 60 minutes. (Bite me). I had just emerged from the totally flat gruelling 5 km wooded trail and stopped briefly to vomit catch my breath before venturing onto the city streets to finish the remaining 5 km. I was totally killin’ myself it.

Click HERE to read the rest.

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Oh, and if you’re wondering how I found her blog, it wasn’t a misread of the title. I never misconstrued the hyphen for a comm and thought I was going to see an adult site with “one hot, flashing momma.” Honest.

She and her friends recently published a great kids book, Follow The Goose Butt, Camelia Airheart. Check that out HERE.

Author Profile: Suzanne Rogerson

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One of the many privileges of this job is I get to showcase terrific author who have become friends. Today’s another one of those days. Meet Suzanne Rogerson, author of the new novel Visions of Zarua.

 Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England, and wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back.

Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a “proper” job one day.

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Dan: Welcome! Tell us: who is your target audience, Suzanne?

 

Suzanne: I don’t know many people who read fantasy, so I’d hoped to write a story that those unfamiliar with the genre would still enjoy, as well as those of us who already love fantasy. Judging by the reviews so far, I’ve definitely achieved my aim.

Awesome! And what about actually writing that first novel? Many authors struggle with that. Did you?

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The biggest challenge was getting the structure of the novel right. It’s difficult keeping track of a story that straddles two timelines but I was determined that the reader wouldn’t be confused at any point. Using the first person perspective for those chapters that were in the past and third person for the rest of the novel really helped to make that transition clear. I loved writing Jago’s scenes in first person but it wasn’t a viewpoint I’m used to writing in so that too was a challenge.

Jago? Sounds interesting. What was the inspiration for the characters in Visions Of Zarua

“The characters come alive for me as I write about them.” – Suzanne Rogerson

Good. Then you’re doing it right.

Visions of Zarua Book Cover.jpgI get to know their story, their history and their characteristics as I write. Then as they develop I can go back and add in the odd detail or slip in a flashback of their past. It may be a long-winded method that requires more editing, but I love editing so that’s not an issue for me. I have tried writing character profiles beforehand, but they are flat and one-dimensional with none of the emotional involvement I get from writing the scenes of the novel.

Man, I hate editing. Maybe you can tell me your secret. Meanwhile, did you draw from real life at all while crafting the story?

I drew a lot from my love of nature and the outdoors. Having a hunt mistress who is more at home in the wilderness allowed me to add in the little details I love about the natural world, and hopefully made Paltria seem more real to my readers.

A hunt mistress? I think I need one of those!

Well, you recently started a blog tour. Tell us where and when you’ll be appearing and how it’s done so far.  

The best thing by far about the blog tour was the positive response I received from other bloggers.

I had originally arranged for a company to run a one day book blitz for me, but that fell through. After the initial disappointment I decided to run my own.

Smart. What was that like?

I put out the call via my blog and twitter, and within a matter of days had enough yes’s to fill two weeks!

Holy cow! Why didn’t I think of that? I am totally stealing that idea.

goodreads giveaway - river scene Luccia.G.jpgI’d only planned to run the tour for a week, so I was overwhelmed with the replies. Trying to come up with original content for two weeks was hard, so I settled on using some of my own photography with small excerpts from the book. I was really pleased with the results.

The blog tour took a lot of work before and during, so if I did another one, I would do it either before or during the release of my next novel as part of my marketing plan. It zaps too much time away from writing otherwise.

Also smart. So? What was your conclusion? Do you recommend blog tours?

Wholeheartedly. I’ve made some new blogging friends and Visions of Zarua has received some great reviews because of it.

Fantastic. Give us places to see where you went and where you’ll be.

Here are the links to all the blogs that were involved in my tour.

Mon 27th June betweenthelinesbookblog Promo Post

Tues 28th June rosieamber Review

Wed 29th June bookwraiths Indie Wednesday feature, Guest Post & Giveaway

Thurs 30th June aliasfaithrivens  Review & Interview

Fri 1st July TheTattoedBookGeek Novel extract & Promo Post

Sat 2nd July teripolen Promo Post

Sun 3rd July alinefromabook Review & Promo Post

Mon 4th July barbedwords Review & Post about Varina and her favourite recipe

Tues 5th July baubtaub Review, Interview and Giveaway

Wed 6th July shelleywilson Promo post

Thurs 7th July jenanita01 Review

Fri 8th July spookymrsgreen Promo Post

Sat 9th July thehappymeerkatreviews Review & Promo Post

Sun 10th July color me in Cyanide and Cherry Review

Sun 10th July Lucciagray Q&A

Give us the blurb and where can my readers get this intriguing book of yours.

Visions of Zarua

Two wizards, 350 years apart.

Together they must save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past.

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.

Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master Kalesh dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.

Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.

The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

To buy links

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Smashwords  Has a 50% sale. Only $2.00 throughout July.

Kobo

And of course, we need ways to keep up with YOU 

Here are my Social Media links

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

Goodreads Giveaway ends 24th July. Still time to win a signed paperback copy here.

Okay, and what else can I bother you for? How about a favorite passage from Visions of Zarua?

Paddren bent to examine the ground where Kalesh had made his last stand. He traced his master’s line of sight to the trees. ‘We should check over there.’

Varnia took a step towards the trees, but he grabbed her arm. ‘Wait! Let me check it’s safe.’ Paddren reached out his senses to scan the area and didn’t loosen his grip until he was certain no one was waiting to ambush them.

Varnia and her hound raced ahead. Flint led them straight to the bushes under the trees, to the exact spot where Paddren imagined Kalesh had focused his energy.

‘Come and look at this,’ Varnia called.

As he joined her, Varnia shuffled out the way to reveal the disturbed ground she’d been studying. Paddren stared down at the set of huge footprints. Immediately the outline in the soil began to blur. He shut his eyes, but even behind closed lids, the beast was waiting for him… the beast from his nightmares.

He snapped his eyes open and looked at Varnia, relieved to see her still examining the footprints.

Flint was fighting to get closer, so Varnia let him through. The hound growled as he sniffed the footprints.

‘Find,’ Varnia ordered.

Flint sniffed the footprints again and then the area around them. With his nose to the ground, he moved further into the trees, working in widening circles until he returned and sat down next to Varnia, whimpering.

‘That’s strange, he can’t find the scent.’ She followed a similar ritual to the dog, searching for a clue Flint’s powerful nose might’ve missed.

Paddren leant against the nearest tree and surveyed the clearing while he waited for Varnia to accept there were no other footprints.

 

BRILLIANT! I hope my readers take advantage of your generosity and your helpful blog tour information. (I know I will.) Thanks so much for dropping by!

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Suzanne Rogerson loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

Give her book a look!

Smorgasbord Summer Reading – The Navigators by Dan Alatorre

Look at what my friend Sally did! Isn’t she the best??? Don’t answer. She IS.

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Today the featured book is a science fiction fantasy, The Navigators by best-selling author and humorist Dan Alatorre.

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About the book

A freak landslide at a remote mine site uncovers a strange machine to Barry’s group of paleontology students. Wary of corrupt school officials, his team takes the machine home to study it in secret, reaching only one realistic – and unbelievable – conclusion: It was designed to bridge the time-space continuum. It’s a time machine.

Testing delivers disastrous results, sending one team member to the hospital and nearly killing another. When word leaks about the discovery, the ultimate power struggle ensues: the university wants it for funding, the power company wants its energy regenerating abilities kept under wraps, and a rival group wants to steal it for themselves. No one cares if Barry’s team comes out alive.

Fleeing for their lives, the students must fight the school, the…

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