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?