I'm continuing to work a little bit each day to organize my upcoming Virtual Book Tour that starts on February 1, 2008. I'm delighted at how eager everyone is to get involved! Here are more tips on setting up you own:
Step One: See post on December 8, 2007.
Step Two: See post on December 12, 2007.
Determine what you want to do on various days of your Virtual Book Tour. I decided I wanted to make mine a combination of:
a. Links to other sites that feature an author interview they posted of my book.
b. Interviews of the illustrator, including samples of the book’s art posted on my site.
c. Some all-text answers to questions students/teachers/librarians send to me.
d. Short video clips taken in my home where I answer interview questions sent to me.
After figuring this out, I contacted teachers and librarians I’ve met who might be interested in sending me a list of questions to answer during my Virtual Book Tour. Also contacts have been made with: several booksellers across the nation (both online and walk-in), other blogs who post author interviews, and websites for writers. I explained how the tour will work, invited them to be a “stop” on my tour, encouraged them to check into my blog each day of the tour, and asked them to e-mail me questions they’d like to ask about my new book or my life as an author. Also, the publisher of my book is very interested in my Virtual Book Tour and is hopping on board via my publicist to help spread the word, make important contacts, offer constructive feedback, and prepare press releases.