I entered the indie author scene in August of this year (2014), and through meeting Kathryn Jenkins of Dark Knight Chronicles, I was introduced to the concept of doing blog tours. I’m not sure how long authors have been doing them, but I was new, so I thought I’d give it a try. Especially since she was doing it for free in exchange for being her guinea pig as she worked out the kinks in her new service.
I didn’t know what to expect. I really didn’t expect to sell a lot of books, and that wasn’t my goal. All I wanted was to get my name out there and hopefully attract some new readers. I have certainly done that, which has been great.
What I didn’t expect, and what I have valued most, is the support and new friends I’ve made along the way. I have met several other indie authors, and we’ve been helping each other since with hosting tours, beta reading, cover reveals, and reviews. It has been such a tremendous help to me.
If you have published a book, or you’re getting ready to, I seriously recommend planning a tour. Even if you’re a long way off from being published, it’s never too early to get in there and start meeting other authors. You can always be a host, and not only will you meet new people, you’ll learn a lot about publishing and marketing. You’ll also start gaining an audience for your blog, which will help you down the road.
Kathryn has recently set up a site devoted to running these tours. If you want to book one or just volunteer as a host, I highly recommend checking Dragon Knight’s Book Promotions.