I’m have a blog tour going on this week for Glastonbury Tor. (See my last entry for an explanation of what a blog tour is all about.) The first two days were very exciting. Here's an update:
<b>Blog Tour Day 3</b>
I guess this is the midweek slump. Only three new reviews, counting the one that came in <!--more-->at bedtime last night. One reviewer reveals more of the ending than I am happy with, but at least he liked the book.
Kevin asked some questions about my faith and about the darkness in GT in a follow-up interview. Most other bloggers have totally ignored that aspect of the story. I may go looking for some Christian speculative fiction bloggers.
I posted the Blog Tour page on a couple ACFW lists I’m on and got an invitation for an interview on another blog next week. Let’s keep that momentum going!
<b>Blog Tour Day 4</b>
I was feeling guilty for not getting to my computer until after lunch. Too busy helping my husband clear brush from our woods after the big storm we had a few weeks ago. (Seventeen trees down make a lot of brush.) But when I got to my office, I found no new posts. Definitely a downer.
<b>Blog Tour Day 5</b>
Still no new posts. I’m not sure what happened to the other participants. I should be happy—fifteen reviews in one week! But knowing there were supposed to be more leaves me disappointed.
<b>Blog Tour Day 6</b>
I guess they all waited until last evening. (I’m not the only procrastinator out there.) Nine new blogs. All positive. “…phenomenal! One of the best books I have reviewed this year!” (Love to hear it.) One blog even has two comments!
Cat Hoort, the Kregel publicist, says that most bloggers posted elsewhere as well—Amazon, Goodreads, etc.--a total of 62 posts about Glastonbury Tor last week. The Amazon ranking dropped from 906,171 on Sunday before this started to 330, 507 today. (#1 is best.) Actually, the ranking dropped into the 200 thousands sometime yesterday. As I understand it, in these high numbers even one or two sales makes a difference.
Overall I am encouraged. Most readers were enthusiastic. Double the usual hits on my website and blog. Disappointingly, only one new person "liked" my Facebook page this week, and she did not go there because of the blog tour since she is already my FB friend. But I did receive several invitations for follow-up interviews or blogs. Perhaps in coming weeks we will see continuing response.
Thank you to all who participated, both bloggers and readers and my faithful friends who went to look and cheer me on. I appreciate it!
(You can still go to the Kregel Blog Tour page and click on my book cover to find links to the reviews.)
LeAnne Hardy has lived in six countries on four continents. Her books come out of her cross-cultural experiences and her passion to use story to convey spiritual truths in a form that will permeate lives.
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