A Virtual Book Tour for a Book about Virtual Time Travel
Before I signed the contract with the publisher of my first book, Time and Again, I had a phone conversation with the acquisitions editor. After helpfully explaining what I could expect, she briefly brought up the topic of book tours.
“Of course,” she said, “we pay all expenses for that.”
I thought, wow, this person is talking to me about going on a book tour. Me.
I actually believed her because in my mental image of a successful author that’s what happens. You fly off to exciting cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, where you meet hordes of fans eager for your autograph and a chance to adoringly listen to you explain the metaphors in your book and how your dysfunctional childhood contributed to your writing.
Exciting cities? I’d have settled for Peoria. But of course, the topic of a book tour never came up again, because book tours just don’t happen very often anymore—definitely not for unknown debut authors.
As blogger/author Anne R. Allen says in her post “RIP Author Book Tour—and why you shouldn’t be sad to see it go,” book tours are one more casualty of the digital age, no longer a viable option for most publishers and authors. Instead, authors and publishers are going virtual with online book tours.
And I for one (now that the stars are out of my eyes) am sighing with relief. Now I, unknown author, can compete with the big girls and boys without worrying that my J.C. Penney clothes will compare badly to their designer clothes. (Who am I kidding? I shop at Walmart.) And I won’t have to worry about sweating under the lights or getting stage fright or putting my foot in my mouth and alienating my audience forever. Best of all, I won’t have to waste time that I could spend writing the next book.
So, I am proud to announce that on Monday, October 1, 2012, I begin a glamorous book tour that takes me to a dozen states and Canada—all from the comfort of my home, while wearing my favorite lucky green T-shirt (which actually came from Rural King, now that I think of it). My blog hosts will be posting their reviews of Unclaimed Legacy, interviewing me, and in some cases allowing me to be guest “speaker.”
What could be more appropriate than a virtual book tour for a book about virtual time travel? You can find links for all my stops along the way in this blog’s right sidebar.
By the way, if you didn’t make it to my virtual book launch party it’s not too late to help me celebrate Unclaimed Legacy’s launch. Just click here. And before you leave, sign the “guest book” by leaving a comment. I’d love to know you were there.
It would be so nice of you to share!