This week I'm pleased to have F.M. (aka Marilyn) Meredith as my guest. One of my favorite authors, Marilyn is a prolific writer and a good friend. Her books will keep you on your toes and entertain you. Welcome, Marilyn!
Why a Blog Tour?
Blog tours are a lot of work, especially if you plan them yourselves, which I’ve been doing for a long time. The first thing is to find hosts willing to have you as a guest, next comes juggling the schedule—what dates will you appear where. Then a unique post must be written for each blog. Sometimes the host wants a particular topic, other times you have to come up with something on your own.
Of course, you have to send the post along with all the important information, a jpg of the cover and one of you to each person in plenty of time for the host to schedule it.
When the time comes that the post is going to appear, it’s necessary to promote it everywhere you can think of so people will visit the host’s site and read what you have to say. Yes, it’s a time consuming process.
The main reason I arrange blog tours myself is because I want to have hosts who like mysteries with followers who do too.
What is the benefit of a blog tour? For me, it’s getting information about my latest book out to as many different people as I can. Often, I can see the results in the fact that people have actually bought the book on Amazon by watching the numbers and of course, when reviews appear.
Another reason I do blog tours is I really like to write. For me it’s fun to think up new things to say about my writing and the latest book.
I love having visitors on my own blog too. It’s a great way to showcase authors and their new books.
F. M. aka Marilyn Meredith
#13 in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, Unresolved Blurb:
Rocky Bluff P.D. is underpaid and understaffed and when two dead bodies turn up, the department is stretched to the limit. The mayor is the first body discovered, the second an older woman whose death is caused in a bizarre manner. Because no one liked the mayor, including his estranged wife and the members of the city council, the suspects are many, but each one has an alibi.
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Bio: F. M. Meredith lived for many years in a small beach community much like Rocky Bluff. She has many relatives and friends who are in law enforcement and share their experiences and expertise with her. She taught writing for Writers Digest Schools for 10 years, and was an instructor at the prestigious Maui Writers Retreat, and has taught at many writers’ conferences. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/
And tomorrow, May 5, I wrote about Putting a Blog Host in your Mystery.