Thursday, December 01, 2011

2011 blog tour comes to an end

November 2011 is over, which means my blog tour promoting my new fantasy e-book Ghosts of the Asylum has come to an end.

This was my first blog tour, and I had a great time with it. I also learned quite a bit.

For instance, I learned guest posting on others' blogs for 30 days straight is a lot of work. There's a lot to keep track of, and a lot of people to keep track of. It was almost like having a real job again (ya know, instead of just writing all day). Would I do it again? Yes, I would. I would even go so far as to say I would guest blog for 30 days straight again. I might even consider doing it with the release of my next novel. I had planned ahead this time, and that helped quite a bit, but now I know to plan even further ahead. I gained experience this time, experience that should help me in the future.

Actually, originally I contacted about 40 others to see if they would be interested in hosting me. Some did not want to take part, and others I never heard from. But I hold no hard feelings for that. Folks are busy and have stuff to do, and I'm not exactly a well known author.

But a lot of strangers, people who I did not know at all, were willing to take part.

And this was one of the greatest things about my blog tour, meeting people online who I otherwise might have never got to know. For that alone, the blog tour was worth.

Now, for you writers out there wondering if a blog tour is worth it, the thing upfront in your mind is, "Well, did the tour help your sales?"

The truth? Yes. I wouldn't say the tour helped my sales dramatically, but I can say my sales for November were higher than the three months before. To me, that's progress. It's not just about money, but about readers. More readers discovered me, and hopefully they will find something to enjoy in my writing.

6 comments:

Bookblogger said...
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Bookblogger said...

That was an extremely busy month. I followed along with most of the posts and enjoyed reading them. If you every want to do another tour please let me know. I'd be happy to host you again.

Ty Johnston said...

Thanks! I'm considering doing another tour when my next novel comes out, and the Bookblogger site is one I'd be glad to appear on again.

SBJones said...

Did you do custom interviews, or just come up with 30 different posts or ideas given to you from other bloggers?

Ty Johnston said...

SB, it was a mix of all things. I did a couple of interviews, did an interview myself of one of my characters, used a couple of novel excerpts, and wrote a bunch of articles.

Charles Gramlich said...

I can hardly imagine how much work you must have put in on this. I hope it worked out well. I was glad to host you.