I talked a lot about Norwescon earlier this year. It was an amazing wealth of knowledge. I hit every writer track seminar I could manage, pulling a few 12 hour days. But it was totally worth it.
One of the things that really stuck with me was how many of the indie and self published authors were talking about Virtual Book Tours. It’s a throw back to the days when a major publisher would send an author with a new book out on a physical tour to book stores for readings/signings, to radio shows for interviews, etc.
So what does a Virtual Book Tour look like? Well, you “tour” your favorite blogs. The blog host posts up an excerpt of the book launching and whatever else makes them happy. An interview. A game of 20 questions suggested by readers. Some blog hosts like to read the book in advance and give a review.
It sounds like lots of fun to me. And a bit of a win-win. The author posts all the locations they’ll be touring, driving their readers to the host blogs. And of course the author gains new readers from the host blogs.
What do you think? Would you like to see interviews and excerpts on my blog from authors about to publish?