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Friday, April 6, 2012

Discussion: Blog Tours and Author Interviews


Some of the more common questions on the request form have been about Blog Tours and Author Interviews. These two sort of go hand in hand, because typically during a Blog Tour you have the option of interviewing the author. Both of these topics can be pretty daunting when you first start blogging, and I know I was scared of both for awhile!!! When I found out how easy it really is to get involved in blog tours, as well as interview authors I was stoked! Now when I find authors I really love I immediately ask for an interview, and blog tours are great ways to help publicize both your blog and the books!
Remember, these are just my own opinions and experiences. I am not an expert in any way, shape, or form.

What is a blog tour?
A blog tour is basically an online book tour, that a tour manager will put together with a bunch of bloggers. Each blogger will be assigned a day and a post type that will go up for their scheduled tour stop. Your choices typically involve author interviews, guest posts (you pick the topic), reviews, character interviews, this or that, and many others! Sometimes the tour manger will specify the different types of posts that are available and you will have to follow certain guidelines. Blog tours are a great way to link up your blog with a bunch of other bloggers and help publicize great books, as well as promote yourself!

How do I get involved in a blog tour?
For a long time I would see one of my favorite bloggers, Giselle from Xpresso Reads, participating in a different blog tour every week! I thought to myself, “Wow, these look like so much fun! I want to be involved!” The first step to participating in a blog tour is to find out which ones are going on. This can be tricky if you don't know where to look. Here are some tips on finding fun blog tours:
  • Ask Twitter: A lot of the times, authors will host their own blog tours and if you send out some tweets showing interest in joining blog tours they will track you down. Also, friends and other bloggers may know about some good tours going on and will inform you of the correct person to email if you are interested.
  • Ask your friends: If you stop by a fellow blogger's page and notice they have a bunch of upcoming tour posts coming up, ask them how you can get involved! Sometimes tour managers will be looking for tons and tons of bloggers to participate! However, for bigger tours that are organized by publishers (like the upcoming Hemlock tour) you'll have to get an invite from the publicity person in charge, so if you didn't get one then it's probably going to be impossible to join in.
  • Novel Publicity: I've worked with this blog tour company before and it's usually pretty easy. Plus, they only send you blog tour info for books they think you'll be interested in, and no matter what type of post you choose to do, you'll get an e-copy of the book!
  • Tribute Books: This is another great tour site that I work with and I really love the way they manage everything. It's incredibly professional and the authors are very prompt with getting you all the needed information.
One thing to remember about blog tours is that you shouldn't post negative reviews for the book. At least, I don't think you should. In most cases, you're more than welcome to post whatever you want to say if you signed up for a review, but I myself cannot in good taste write a negative review for a blog tour. Yes, I will probably review the book on my blog on a later date, but as a courtesy to the tour manager and the author, I will only post my review for a tour if it is a 4 or 5 star review. I try to read the book about 3-4 weeks before my scheduled date so that if I am not interested in the book at all (which has happened) I can email the tour manger and let them know that I need to change my post because of my feelings towards the book. They will be more than happy to get you an interview or guest post as long as you let them know with enough time for them to talk to the author! If you don't mind posting a negative review for a tour, than by all means go for it, but I feel like it's a bit disrespectful to the author.

Guest Posts or Interviews?
Personally, I like to do author interviews more than guest posts. Guest posts tend to be easier because all you have to do is give the author a topic and they'll write a few paragraphs about it, and then you can copy and paste it into your blog. Done! But as a reader, I enjoy interviews MUCH more, especially when they're with some of my favorite authors. I think interviews give us more of an insight into the mind of the author and what inspired them to write the stories that we love so much. Also, I love learning about weird quirks authors might have, and the other things that make them so normal.

I absolutely love this author, how can I interview them?
Authors are some of the coolest people out there and I just LOVE interviewing them. Some of my favorite interviews have been with Jodi Meadows (author of INCARNATE) and Veronica Rossi (author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY) which are AWESOME debuts!!! I also have an interview with Tera Lynn Childs (author of SWEET VENOM) coming up that I'm really excited for :) Any ways, some people were wondering how they can go about getting an interview with an author, and honestly it's really quite easy. You ask them! You just go ahead and send them an email with the subject line: Interview Request. Then you tell them a bit about yourself and your blog, and then gush about their books because you loved them SO MUCH, and then you politely ask if they'd be willing to do an interview on your blog. Typically, I follow this up by saying, “If you are available for an interview, here are the questions I'd be interested in hearing the answers to:” and then list about 5-10 questions that I have thought up, that way they can just fill in their answers and email me back quickly. Then I say THANK YOU VERY MUCH, and maybe tell them again how much I loved them, and that's that! If they don't respond after 2-3 weeks I would just send a quick email asking if they received your first request, because occasionally your emails will get lost on the internet.

How do you think up the questions?
I try not to do interviews with authors until after I've read their book, that way I can ask questions that pertain to their specific books, rather than general questions. However, I do have a list of questions that I LOVE to ask all authors, because I think the answers are always so fun! If I haven't read an author's book, I'll just pick and choose questions off that list that I think will relate well to their books. Some examples of MY questions are:
  • What kind of research did you have to do while writing your book?
  • Which character did you enjoy writing the most? The least?
  • Which character do you most relate to?
  • Who has been your biggest inspiration?
  • If you weren't a writer, what kind of career would you like to have?
Those are just a few! Obviously you're welcome to ask whatever you'd like!! However, it's better to specifically ask for interviews of authors you love and adore so you can ask questions about their books, and let readers know what they're up to as far as what they can expect in an upcoming novel, or how they figured out their setting, or weird things like that.

What about you? How have your experiences been with blog tours? Do you prefer guest posts or interviews more? Do you have any advice for people who want to get involved in more tours??

11 comments:

  1. I love these discussion posts because as a new blogger, I have no clue what I am doing. LOL I will definitely have to refer back to this if/when I ever decide to try out a blog tour/interview. Thank you! :)

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  2. This was a great post! I've actually just signed up for a big blog tour- and I was so excited to learn that they accepted me! I found out about this blog tour via Twitter. The author was Tweeting about it, so I emailed, and quickly got a good response. I'm very excited! I'm going to be looking into the websites that you've posted- especially the first one- that one seems really great.

    Lovely post, I'm definitely going to be using it!

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

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  3. This is a great post. I have started doing more blog tours lately and I love them. Before I didn't really know much about them, but like you said, just interact with bloggers and authors and it's pretty easy to find what tours are going on or get an interview. I am still pretty new at doing them so I get a little nervous about what questions to ask or a guest post topic, but with time it is getting much easier.

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  4. Hi Anna! This is such a helpful post, thanks for taking the time to clearly explain what everything is and helpful tips for bloggers who aren't familiar with the terms yet. I especially appreciate your take on author interviews vs. guest posts--I tend to do a little of both, or when I have a guest post I try to make sure it's something unique/unusual.

    Happy weekend to you!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  5. Hey I'm in this!! Yay! :D You can also check out Julie at A Tale of Many Reviews and Trish at YA Bound - they often host tours that you can sign up for. Bewitching Book Tours also has some - more adult but they do have YA once in a while. I love tours I get to know authors and it adds diversity to your posts instead of just having reviews all the time.

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  6. I love blog tours, especially when I love the book! And I couldn't agree more, I prefer interviews!

    If I didn't enjoy the book, I'll opt to do an interview or guest post rather than a review for the tour - although I try to make sure I'll enjoy the book first too.

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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  7. Great post Anna! I haven't been a part of too many blog tours but I have really enjoyed the ones that I have been a part of. I agree about not posting a negative review during a blog tour. I always read the book a few weeks ahead of time if that does happen because then If that does occur I will wait a few weeks until the tour is over and then post my review.
    I love doing author interviews and guest posts. I found that I like author interviews a bit more because you can learn more about the author. However, guest posts are fun and different too. I have never emailed an author before asking for an interview though so thank you for the tips. :)

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  8. I've been participating in lots of books tours lately and I absolutely love it. Interviews are the best and This or That questions are super fun. Tours are a great way to get to know the authors and to get more traffic too.

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  9. Wonderful post Anna! I love blog tour! It is daunting to do interviews at first but like you said once you get the hang of it it's way better for both parties.

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  10. Fantastic Post! I just signed up for my first blog tour yesterday and I'm very excited! Thanks for some question ideas, Anna! I'm so excited to do an interview!

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