Scrapbooking's First Virtual Book Tour by Best-selling Author (yours truly!) to Kick Off April
I am very proud to announce I will embark on a 15-website tour on Sunday, April 24th, promoting my
third book, The Book of US: A Guide to Scrapbooking about Relationships
(EFG, Inc, 2005). Tour events include online chats, scrapbooking layout challenges, book reviews, and prizes.
During a Virtual Book Tour, an author visits specific lineup of websites or weblogs, similar to a real-life book tour, where stops are made at brick-and-mortar bookstores. Each day, the author visits
a different website, from the comfort of her living room. At each "stop", the author may be interviewed, make "blog" entries, answer questions from site visitors, submit their book for review, or any combination of the above. What sets a virtual tour apart from real-life tours is that once the content is posted on a website, it's archived “24/7” for later access, allowing those who couldn't visit on the appointed day to view the material at their leisure.
Each day I'll go to a different website, and do layout challenges & contests, chats, and Q&A sessions. I'll also offer free digital freebies at select sites.
Memory Makers Magazine, Dow, Go West Studios, Krylon, Fancy Pants Designs, Karen Foster Designs, The Paper Loft, SEI, Imagination Project, and EFG, INC are sponsoring prizes for the tour.
Sunday, April 24th: Scrapbook-Bytes.com (New York)
Monday, April 25th: ScrapbookJungle.com (Maryland)
Tuesday, April 26th: SSReflections.com (Wisconsin)
Wednesday, April 27th: Scrapbooking.About.com (Michigan)
Thursday, April 28th: ScrapsAhoy.com (Florida)
April 29: LifetimeMoments.com (Michigan)
Saturday, April 30: Scrapability/ScrapRants blog (United Kingdom)
Sunday, May 1st: UKScrappers (United Kingdom)
Monday, May 2nd: PagesoftheHeart.net (Mississippi)
Tuesday, May 3rd: ScrapOutsidetheBox.com (Missouri)
Wednesday, May 4th: ScrappingWithStyle.com (North Carolina)
Thursday, May 5th: DigitalScrapbookPlace.com (Ohio)
Friday, May 6th: KiwiScraps.Co.NZ (New Zealand)
May 7th: OneScrappySite.com (Missouri)
Sunday, May 8th: StoryCircle.org (Texas)
I first learned about Virtual Book Tours on author MJ Rose's weblog
in February, and began researching the process. I found Kevin Smokler's Virtual Book Tour website, but learned that his tours focus on literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. My books are a completely different genre, specifically scrapbook journaling,
so I decided to coordinate my own tour, using my contacts at various scrapbooking websites.
The websites I contacted were thrilled with the idea! Of my initial 14 pitches, six positive responses arrived in
under an hour. I was totally blown away! The participating sites are based in 10 different states, plus one site and one blog in the UK, and one site
in New Zealand. The response has been
overwhelmingly enthusiastic -- everyone is really excited.
Click here to read more about The Book of US!
So. What do you think??