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My first two days on a Virtual Blog Tour

MinEdwards_TourBadgeWow, thank goodness for The Killion Group! http://thekilliongroupinc.com/pr-marketing/  I would never have been able to do this without them and their fantastic PR person, Danica.

The first day had a couple of glitches but by day 2, everything was running smoothly. And if you don’t know what a Virtual Blog Tour is… the preparation is grueling but Danica eased the way. Every day four or five… or more blogs agree to either highlight my current book… STONE FALL, Book Three in High Tide Suspense ser

ies… or ask me to do a guest blog. If I’m blogging, then sometimes I get a choice of topics, or am assigned a topic then try to wrangle my thoughts into a 300 to 700 word entry. For this campaign I had 26 blogs to visit, 4-6 per day, but thank goodness only 5 guest blogs to write.

Day 1: I visited with Archaeolibrarian — I Dig Good Books; Jen’s Reading Obsession; and HEA Romances with a Little Kick; all fun sites and I thank them enormously for having me.

Day 2: Fresh Fiction ( http://freshfiction.com/) showcased me; Hart’s Romance Pulse; Yah Gotta Read This; United Indie Book Blog; and OMGReads. All fabulous blogs and again thanks so much for having me.

Now the reason for this particular Virtual Blog Tour is this. I have 4 novels published now, but my name is not a household item yet. Far from it actually. No one knows me. So by participating in a Blog Tour, it gets my name (and book) out to thousands of readers who follow these blogs and maybe… just maybe… I’ll be discovered. It’s the hope anyway.

At the end of the week, I’ll tell you how Days 3-5 went. Then in March STONE FALL will appear on NetGalley, a site for librarians, bookstores, reviewers and others. When I  had my bookstore, A Thirsty Mind Words and Wines, I haunted this site, getting review copies of books I thought looked interesting and then writing a short snippet about them. I can’t wait to see the response to STONE FALL!

So until weeks end, I’ll say adios!

Newsletters, Blogs, Tweets, Facebook Pages… Oh, My!

Bay-672x372I’ve been taking webinars lately from Social Media gurus… most free, thank goodness! But I’m so confused. My Constant Contact Newsletter people had a fantastic webinar yesterday about the things you could do with your social media that most people aren’t doing. Even the Big Publishers who you think have little minions behind the scenes making sure your books are… and this is the word you want to remember… Discoverable… aren’t doing these things. Sigh! if you’re self-published, then all this stuff is on your shoulders which is probably a good thing, because who takes care of you better than yourself?

Did you know about Facebook–Open Graphs? Or Twitter cards? Rich Pins on Pinterest? Google+ Schemas? Facebook Groups? Hummingbird? Slideshow.net? Infographics? Podcasts? YouTube? Well, of course you know about some of these, but did you know as an author you can participate in all of them to your great advantage?

It takes a lot of work, but lucky me (and some of my author friends) I have a virtual assistant who researches these and can read HTML code! Now we just have to find the time to implement them. I’m really excited right now to start a Facebook Group with several of my friends helping me moderate. And a YouTube video (I’ll be narrating but you won’t see my face, thank goodness)… as well as something from Slideshow.net with images from one of my books, maybe Precious Stone which takes place near the Caves of Lascaux in France.

Anyway, to do it all is mind-boggling. But I’m going to give it a try!

Where are some of the places where you’re showcasing your books?