Sunday, January 9, 2011

Beyond the Gate: Blog Tour

I was warned when I started my career as a writing, it can be a very lonely business.  But it's not so bad when you make so many friends through blogging, writers' groups and other social networks.  Using advice from them and many others I'm going on my first every blog to tour to celebrate and promote the release of Beyond the Gate, Book #2 in The Futhark Chronicles.
Tomorrow, January 10th, I'll appear on Alex Cavanaugh's blog and share some thoughts on world-building.  If you don't already know Alex, he runs a very successful blog with lots of interesting material.
Tuesday, January 11th, I'll be talking about giving your characters depth over at The Susquehanna Writers.
Wednesday, January 12th, I'm happy to guest on Jon Sprunk's blog and talk about how I select names for my characters.  Hopefully you give me examples of how you picked the names in your manuscripts.
Thursday, January 13th, I'm visiting Megan Hart's blog for an interview.  Megan also has a new release this month, Precious and Fragile Things.
Friday, January 14th,  I'm back here with more ideas on working though the bog downs in your WIP.
On Monday, January 17th, I'm appearing in an interview on Cate Master's blog and giving away a copy of The Keepers of Sulbreth, Book #1 in The Futhark Chronicles.  I hope to see lots of you there.
Natalie Damschroder welcomes me to her blog with an interview on January 18th.  She also has a new release coming out later in the spring.
I'm excited about the tour but what to warn everyone I work all day and can't respond to comments until the early evening. I promise to read everything you write.
Have you ever done a blog tour?  Do you prefer to read interviews or posts about craft or promotion?  Do you think blog tours are effective promotion tools or just fun?

11 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ready for your tour stop tomorrow!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Thanks, Alex. I'm excited to kick it off on your terrific site.

The Golden Eagle said...

It sounds like there'll be some great posts this month!

I'm part of N. R. Williams's blog tour, actually. I think blog tours help with promotion, both because they can be a lot of fun and that helps build more of an image for the author, and because it gets the word out to more people.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Building an image online is one of my goals. There are so many people I feel like I know even though I've never met them face to face.

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like a great month!! I enjoy blog tours - we always get to see many aspects of the writer and the book! :)

Lynda Young said...

Good luck with your blog tour. I do believe they are effective and fun.

James Garcia Jr said...

Hello, Susan. I just wanted to stop by and thank you for being my 100th follower of my blog. I really appreciate it. This week I will put together a giveaway, and it is thanks to you.
I am a new follower of yours, as well. Happy New Year to you,

-James

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Thanks, Jemi and Lynda. I'm very excited to be meeting new people on this tour.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I was thinking of doing a giveaway when and if ever I get 100 followers, James. Let me know how your giveaway goes.

Stephen Tremp said...

I've had a my first blog tour in November of last year. Personally, I hate interviews. "What inspires you?" "When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?" If I see anything like these questions I move on. Boring!

Craft and promotion are what people want because when it comes down to it this is a What;s In It For Me world, and rightfully so. People stop by at least in part so they can glean something practical from Blog sites or at least be entertained or amused. Interviews do not accomplish any of these.

Hope this helps.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I did a few interviews for this tour, Stephen. I think some readers like interviews because they can connect on a more personal level with an author.
On the other hand, you offer such terrific content on your blog all of us who visit you often expect to learn something and we're never disappointed.