Wowzers... blog tours have really gotten crazy complicated, don't ya think?
Today's discussion is shining the spotlight on blog tours -- and we're turning to the community for insight and clarification because blog tours have become -- quite frankly -- menacing beasts.
First off -- raise hands if you've participated in blog tours, organized blog tours, or have heard about blog tours. You already win a gold star. Pull your bean bag up to the front row and accept your free cup of hot chocolate, then settle in...
We want to know from all of you your experience with blog tours, ACR (advanced reader copies) and giveaways -- and anything else that seems important to the discussion.
But first, we'd like you all to look at this:
It's an example of a professional blog tour organizer's services packages. Don't focus on the cost of each package. Focus on the nuance between the services within each package. And then try not let your eyes roll back into your head.
We jest about the complexity of it all nowadays. We are NOT making fun of the services that she's providing. In fact, we're plugging her services for all those of you who write young adult and NA because she's quite legit. And $200-300 is a rather small amount in the PR/advertising world. She (Giselle/XpressoBookTours) was even named one of the Goodreads Top 25 Best Reviewers for 2013.
So we throw this discussion out to you all. If you're being published traditionally, are you organizing your own formal blog tours or is that something your assigned publicist is doing for authors these days (assigned publicist assuming you're being published with a major house)?
If you're self-publishing/indie digital publishing, what are your experiences with organizing a professional blog tour, sending out ARCs to the bloggers, lining up cover reveals (three-months in advanced of the release date) while actually finishing your book along the way?
As an aside, we'd also like to tackle the awkward world of giveaways leading to ---> reviews because we've heard through the grapevine that Amazon has been cracking down and deleting reviews that were tied to promotional giveaways because they consider the giveaway quasi-payment in exchange for reviews.
Lots of meaty stuff to talk about here. Hope some of you can pull your eyeballs back into place for the sake of hashing it all out.