At the end of June, I blogged about Blog Book Tours. Even listed it as my week’s site to Bookmark. I decided to take my own advice and I joined the Blog Book Tours group. This discussion group is for authors who do blog tours, authors who are thinking of doing virtual tours and those, like me, who host authors on their blogs.
Dani, who leads the group, has recently put up “The Quickest Blog Tour Guide Ever.” If you’re planning or thinking of planning your own blog tour, check it out.
They’re moving fast over there. I’ve been part of the group barely a week and I’ve already been tagged for a project. And I need your help.
The question I need to answer is:
What Makes a Good Blog Tour Host?
If you’re an author who has done a virtual tour, think about the best stop on your tour.
What made that host so good?
What do you expect of a host?
What are your criteria when you choose a blog to visit?
If you’re an author who’s never done a blog tour, but you’re thinking about it,
What are you expecting to happen when you visit your line-up of blogs?
What makes you choose a particular blog to visit?
Would you prefer to write your own post or do a Q&A?
If you’re someone who hosts authors,
Think of your favorite guest – what made them so great?
What do you do to make the stop an event?
How much time do you spend getting ready for each visit by an author?
What do you do to prepare for an author’s visit?
What tricks have you learned to make the stop easier for you and/or the author?
Do you read the author’s book ahead of the visit?
And another question for those blog tour experts –
What are your favorite stops along your tours? Name names (and URLs).
We’d like to compile a list of those wonderful blogs that host authors.
Now, those are just some of the questions I’ve thought of. I’m open to any and all comments and suggestions (and maybe you have some questions you’d like to throw into the mix). Add your comment at the end of this post – or email me at helen at helenginger dot com (you know what to do with the “at” and “dot” – I’m trying to avoid an even greater onslaught of spam than I already get).
When the results of this project are finished, I’ll let you know the results.
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