Archive for July, 2014

Virtual Book Tour Success

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

I hear from my colleagues that, while virtual book tours are fun and they provide exposure for your books, these events rarely result in noticeable sales. This has not been my experience. Oh, it’s fun! I enjoy the stops, the hosts, the comments, the preparation, the recognition… And my books do get exposure they otherwise […]

Hopeful Authors MUST Understand Publishing

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

When should you start learning something about the publishing industry? At what point do you need to educate yourself? Typically, a hopeful author will write a book—complete a manuscript—and then try to figure out how to get it published. They use what little knowledge they’ve gathered to that point and make important decisions that sometimes […]

Benefits of a Blog Tour

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Today is the last day of the blog tour for my Klepto Cat Mystery series. So what did I get out of the tour? We’ve covered most of the benefits of a blog tour during the week here in this blog. I hope this has jazzed you up about the possibilities for your own blog […]


Sunday, July 27th, 2014

My blog tour, featuring the Klepto Cat Mystery series ran all last week. What were the results? Unlike my first blog tour in February, the results were not all that tangible—not yet, anyway. Last time, sales doubled during the week of the tour. That was exciting! This time, that didn’t happen. But that doesn’t mean […]

Have an Affair With Your Readers

Friday, July 25th, 2014

We’ve talked a lot about blogging this week as I’ve enjoyed a busy week during my second blog tour. I’ve been promoting my cozy mystery series, the Klepto Cat Mysteries—featuring my latest in the series, The Colony Cat Caper. But you can also do a blog tour to promote one book. The purpose of a […]

The Benefits of a Virtual Book Tour

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Today’s blog tour stop might be the most fun yet. A new kitten on the Klepto Cat Mystery block talks about her life. And there are prizes involved. If you like mochas, mysteries, and cats, you’ve gotta become a regular visitor at Melissa’s and Truffle’s Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows: Visit this site between now […]

More Blog Tour Resources, Recommended eBooks, and a RECIPE

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Well, the host of my blog tour stopover for today seems to have disappeared—she has not posted to her blog site since early this month and she has ignored all of my follow-up emails. So we’re on our own today. One thing she wanted me to do was to share a recipe, so that’s what […]

Turn a Languishing Book into a Flourishing One.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

What fun we’re having this week on our second blog tour. Today, I get to talk about my long writing career. You’ll learn how I came to shift gears after years of writing nonfiction and finally dip my toe into the sea of fiction. Laura Thomas, at FU Only Knew ( took the time to […]

How to Promote a Blog Tour

Monday, July 21st, 2014

This is the first day of my blog tour for the Klepto Cat Mystery series. Be sure to stop in at the WV Stitcher site today: Host Brenda has presented a lovely review and she’s given quite a bit of insight into the 5th in the series—the latest Klepto Cat book—The Colony Cat Caper. […]

Perspectives on and Resources for Book Blog Tours

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Yesterday, I shared my upcoming blog tour schedule. I hope you’ll stop in and enjoy the fun and frivolity. If you’re a published author, who is trying to drum up readers, you might want to plan your own blog tour. I’ve written about how I set up a blog tour. Refer to the blog posted […]