Once again I have the pleasure of hosting C.S. Splitter on my blog. This is his third appearance here on Rainy Day Ramblings, what can I say the guy as he likes to say, "Gives Good Blog..." If you missed his previous two guest posts you can check out the first one here and the second here.
Today, he is visiting as part of his blog tour (I am sure at this point feels never ending) to promote the second installment of his Crayder Chronicles, The Willing (You can catch yesterday's review here) I previously reviewed book one in the series, The Reluctant, you can see my review here. So please extend a warm, welcome to the illustrious C.S. Splitter:
You MUST Do a BlogTour!
I have been here before. A couple times as a matter of fact. Heck, I do better posts on Heidi's site than I do on my own. Why do I keep coming back? Well, it's because Heidi lets me do pretty much whatever I want on her blog. It is freeing, like switching from briefs to boxers.
Today, I am here to gripe and let off some steam. Hey, don't get me wrong, I feel very lucky. “The Reluctant,” the first book in the “Crayder Chronicles,” hit near the top of the free ebook Amazon charts not once, but twice. More than 25,000 people downloaded the book. I think Amazon figured something out the second time around because they slapped a $.99 price on it afterward and it still hit the top 100 in humor for—well, for a cup of coffee. Hey, it's money, so I am not here to gripe about that (although it did screw up my master plan to use that book as a sample to get people into the series...just like a drug dealer would do).
Nope. I am here to gripe about what an author MUST do to promote their books. Some authors will say that promotion is not productive. Others will tell you that it is essential to selling books. I have no clue who is right. But, I do know that certain things, like blogtours, are expected. It is like you are not a real author until you do a one.
“You simply must do a blogtour!”
That's what I was told when I put out my second book, “The Willing.” Then, I asked, “What is a blogtour?” and people laughed at me. That's ok, I am used to it. But for those who do not know what a blogtour is and are too afraid to ask, it is this: An author takes a period of time (a month in my case) to visit various blogs around the internet and do guest posts, get reviews, and do interviews. Blogtours are about getting your name out there. People see you on various sites a few times and start thinking that maybe they should give your books a try. Or, they like a certain guest post and decide that they like your style and go buy your books.
To someone who has a new book out, such a thing sounds exciting. “Really? People want to know more about me and what I think about writing and the publishing industry? Wow!”
You picture it like this:
Rock star, Baby!
Only...it doesn't work out that way. You do a guest post, see a couple sales (which you cannot tie back in to the post itself), get zero to six comments from people who read the guest post (three of which you recognize as people who have read your books and follow your own blog), and you go on to writing the next guest post. I have not yet had one fan try to rip my clothes off or ask for a sweat stained scarf. No babies to kiss, no babes to kiss, no being ushered to my waiting limo.
Blog tours are a LOT of work for returns that you cannot really measure. The reality of blog tours is this:
Well, if your name is C.S. Splitter or you fall into that category, that is what your blogtour will be like. If your name is Patterson or Martin or King, you would probably get some rock star treatment IF you did blogtours...which you really won't do because you don't need to do that sort of thing to sell books.
To those that read my books and follow my internet ramblings (on sunny or rainy days), THANK YOU! You people give me the impetus to churn out the next book and to go on to the next tour stop no matter how bloody my fingers get. You also make ME laugh with some of your comments and that is a wonderful thing in the middle of all of this.
I still say that, while other authors may have more readers and followers, MINE are better looking and smarter. So we have that going for us...
Should you, as a writer, do a blogtour? I would say that you need to do at least one to see what it is like. If you have found a way to quantify results, I would love to hear it. And if someone sends a private jet to pick you up at the airport, I'll tag along.
There you have it folks. The truth about Blog Tours! If you would like to treat yourself to more of Mr. Splitter's witty humor, I highly recommend you check out his books: The Reluctant and The Willing. Hopefully, Splitter will be back soon to kick off the debut of book three! You can find more posts on Splitter's blog. Click the book covers for details on the novels. Now for the giveaway! Splitter has agreed to give away a copy of each book to one lucky winner. Fill out the Rafflecopter and good luck!