Wednesday, March 6, 2013

IWSG - Blog Tour Jitters


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Blog Tour Jitters

I'm in the midst of prepping for a blog tour. May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which is a perfect tie in to my middle grade Chinese Heritage Tale books. I'm working with the lovely ladies at Goddess Fish Promotions, who are coordinating the tour for me.

From a clinical perspective, I know blog tours are great. I myself will often pick up a book after stumbling across it on a blog tour.

From an emotional non-logical perspecitve, blog tours really freak me out. I did one last September for the first Sulan book, and I was a wreck for the entire month. I cried over just about everything -- good reviews, not-so-good reviews, and just from the general stress of it all. When it was all over, I wasn't sure if I would ever do a blog tour again.

Flash forward six months, and I decided I really needed to give it another go. I really love my Chinese Heritage Tale books. They are near and dear to my heart, and I want to help them find readers. Ablog tour is a great way to do this.

I know that putting any piece of art -- be it a movie, a sculpture, or a book -- into the public makes it subject to public opinoin. I know that no piece or art can ever please every single person. This is what I tell myself as I gear up for my tour, but if I think too hard on the whole thing, I start getting a stomach ache.

How do you guys deal with the stress of blog tours, or just the stress of releasing your book to the public?

3 comments:

  1. Well I'm not an author, but I coordinate tours and other promotions and I get pretty attached to the books since I'll only do it for books I firmly believe in and truly love. So it's hard for me to see anything negative be said. At the same time I see it from the reviewers side and understand. Tours are meant to promote the book, so all negative reviews should be held off until after the tour is over, so hopefully there won't be much negative mentioned at all.

    Good luck! I hope it goes smoothly for you!

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  2. I can't say from an author point of view either, but blog tours can be pretty stressful. Especially if you've accidentally planned two tour stops for the same day. I'm probably one of the least organized person which is why I don't do blog tours as often as others, but when they do happen, I always have a sigh of relief at the end of the day, knowing that everything went as planned. Keep your head up and muscle through it :)

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  3. Well, as I haven't had the chance to release anything yet, I can't imagine how stressful it will be when the time comes. I'll be stressed out enough when I finally get around to releasing the fan fiction I've been working on so long. Releasing a real book must be a hundred times more stressful.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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