Monday, June 3, 2013
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Question: Do participating in book tours/cover reveals and author guests post drive traffic to your blog? What type of problems have you encountered when hosting them? (please keep it civil - no names or calling specific people out) As a blog follower, are you ever turned off by these kinds of posts? How much publicity is too much?
Answer: Personally, I don't see book tours, cover reveals and author guest posts as being a huge factor (or a factor at all) in driving traffic to my blog. In fact, there are many times I don't get any comments at all on those types of posts. That being said, that is not the reason I usually pass on them.
The types of problems I've encountered while hosting them - not many luckily. But that's also because I don't participate in a lot. In fact, I usually pass on book tours and cover reveals. I really pass on reviewing a book for a book tour, because I usually never have time. I also don't like the committment and feel pressure. I think I've only participated in one cover reveal. I guess I figure, why bother? People will see the book when it comes out anyway and there are other blogs who will have it, not to mention either the author and/or website or Facebook page. I love pretty covers, but if I want to read a book it doesn't really matter what the cover looks like.
Sometimes I will participate especially if I'm provided all the material. If an author, publisher or book tour organizer provides me a synopsis, blurb, guest post and accompanying pictures, I'm very willing to help out as long as it's a good fit for my blog.
Author interviews are more work, and I usually only participate in them on a one on one basis. I also don't like really long interviews and I don't like seeing the same questions on a bunch of other blogs. Unfortunately, I'm a bit leery now of putting my time in making up questions, because of a negative experience, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't in the future.
The biggest problem I've had is when a publicist approached me for a book tour and I put a lot of work into the interview I was asked to do and then I never received a response. I followed up to see what happened and was told that it was put on hold and they would get back to me when they proceeded. Never happened. I was kind of put off by this. If it was me as the publicist I would have notified all parties involved so as as not to let them sit there and wonder. It just seemed kind of wonky.
What are your thoughts? Do you like seeing these kind of posts on blogs? Do you participate with them on your own blog?