As a part of my new position at Limitless Publishing, I set up blog tours for authors/books. At first, I had no idea what a blog tour was. After some research through Google, Blogger and WordPress, I got the idea. For these tours, I had to:
- Contact Bloggers to host (contacted over 125)
- Schedule blogs/day
- Contact a graphic designer for banners
- Create a “Blog Tour” page on the Limitless Publishing website
- Insert banners into the website homepage and link to the Blog Tour page
- Set up a page of information for blogger
- Create and send a questionnaire to authors
- Compile information
- HTML code the information for bloggers
- Send to bloggers
Here is an example of my first blog tour:
Consumed by Skyla Madi
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC
Publication Date: September 16, 2013
Author: Skyla Madi
Olivia James has never been one to walk on the wild side, at least not until she meets Seth Marc—a cocky, sexy fighter at her father’s gym. He’s infuriating, nauseatingly addictive and she just can’t seem to shake him. He’s only been in town a short while and his name is already on everyone’s lips. He’s the kind of guy moms’ warn their daughters about—the kind that leaves a trail of shattered hearts behind him and he has Olivia in his sights.
Olivia has never met anyone as confusing as Seth and his hot and cold attitude constantly sends her reeling. She’s never wanted anyone’s touch so badly in her life, but having recently come out of a long term relationship diving into another is something she’d prefer to avoid.
Determined for his touch, but not to let him under her skin, Olivia embarks on the most thrilling ride of her life
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Skyla Madi was born in the small town of Port Maquarie, New South Wales in
1993. She spent half her life growing up in Wauchope, a thriving rural town at the heart
of the Hastings River Valley before making the leap to the busy city of Brisbane.
Whenever this young Australian writer isn’t changing diapers, watching cartoons, cooking for her husband or doing other motherly-wife things she is actively working on her writing and improving her writing skills.
Skyla loves to read just as much as she loves to write and since discovering that YA/paranormal romance/urban fantasy/ are her favourite genres, she has embarked on her own writing journey and is currently working on a YA series titled ‘Your Guardian Angel’.
Do you see writing as a career? – Absolutely. One day, I hope it’s all I do.
Who or what is your inspiration? – John Marsden. I will forever give his name whenever asked this question. He is the reason I started reading and eventually started writing. I like music also—all kinds of music. Usually, I can’t write unless there is music.
Do you have any pets? – I do, I have a very large dog named Bane. He is out of control, too excited and absolutely adorable. I also have a cat named Minnie who sleeps, eats and annoys me. When I think about it, she’s a lot like my husband. 😉
Early bird or night owl? – Night owl, definitely. I refuse to get out of bed before 8 a.m. and if I’m woken before then, God help you.
Any tips for new writers? – Just write. Write whatever comes to your head and sort out the rest later.
If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why? – I’d be a sneaker, purely because they’re casual and comfortable. I’m a very casual/relaxed person who doesn’t really need much maintenance.
If you could live in any movie, which would it be? – Wow, this is a very difficult question… I love so many movies. I have to go with the most recent movie I’ve seen—The Great Gatsby. I love the dresses, the glamour, the parties and the cars. I love that era in general and would love to be a part of it.
Guilty Pleasure? – Trashy romance novels, Cherry Ripes, Tom Hardy movies and any movie with Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill and James Franco. I love those guys.
Are there scenes or people in your book that you took from your real life? – Yes, I use real life people and scenes a lot. Here in Australia we have so many interesting people walking around and it’s so hard to ignore them. Most of the time, I can’t and I file it to the back of mind and use it later.
If your book was made into a movie, who would you like to see play your characters? – I did base ‘Seth Marc’ from Consumed around Tom Hardy’s Warrior in the beginning (as everyone knows, I’m a huge Tom Hardy fan) but as the book progressed I realized Tom Hardy was too dark, not boyish enough for Seth so I changed him to Bernardo Velasco. He is a perfect Seth! And for Olivia, I had to choose Ashley Greene. I don’t know what it is about her, but I saw her and I was like YES! Perfect!
Do you use a playlist while you write and what is on it? – I always have my music on when I write. Always. I try to create playlists to the mood of the scene I’m writing. For Consumed, my playlist was: Army of Two – Olly Murs, Payphone – Maroon 5, We Own It – Wiz Khalifa, Wonderwall – Oasis, Bezerk – Eminem, Resolution – Matt Corby, Miss Jackson – Panic! At the Disco, Parachute, Timomatic, Sail, Awolnation and Fast Lane – Eminem… there’s more, but I can’t remember.
Which character in your book would you most like to hang out with? – Seth… for obvious reasons, ha! No, if I had to choose a girl from my book it’d have to be… I don’t know. It’s really difficult to choose because both Selena and Olivia represent the two sides to my personality. On one hand, I’m like Selena and I want to let loose and party and be care free, but on the other hand, I don’t like being in the spotlight or surrounded by people, and I prefer to be in the solitude of my own home… Hmm, I’m going to go with Olivia.
Most embarrassing moment of yours and/or what would your favorite character do if they witnessed it? Most embarrassing moment for me would be when I was younger (about 14/15) I was walking to school with my best friend and she dropped behind me to tie her laces. When she was finished she started laughing so hard and I couldn’t understand why. Anyway, it turned out I had a massive rip in my pants that I hadn’t even realized. It was too late for me to turn around and go home so I went to school and a teacher had sewed it for me—the completely wrong color—and I had to spend the day with navy shorts with a bright blue patch right across the bottom.
In a zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon of choice? – That depends if they’re fast zombies or slow zombies… Slow zombies, I’d go with a common aluminum baseball bat. Bats are easy to carry and they don’t need that much upkeep. For fast zombies? It wouldn’t matter. I’d probably shoot myself in the head before I even saw a zombie, haha!
15. Are you working on anything new? How is it going? – I’m working on a few things. Consumed #2, a new Contemporary Romance titled: Young and Reckless, a New Adult Dystopian Romance titled: The Unfortunates and the fourth book in my Guardian Angel series titled: Oblivion.
Pick your favorite:
Apple or Droid – Droid.
Chocolate or Vanilla – Chocolate.
Comedy or Drama – Comedy.
Call or Text – Text.
Public School or Home School – Public School.
Coffee or Tea – Tea.
Ebook or paperback – Paperback.
Online or in person shopping? – In person.