Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Blog tours


Blog tours


I wanted address the tons of tour groups that sends me emails daily and my followers, as to why I don’t participate in blog tours anymore. The first of last year a few fellow bloggers started blog tours, I joined and quickly found out they are not worth the bother. I would get guest post either the day of or the day before, that's if I even got it at all. If I asked for a review I would either get the book a couple of days before the post, or not at all. If there was a giveaway well, I’d felt lucky if my winner got their giveaway and don’t get me started on the emails of all kinds of books that didn’t even fit my blog that I would get daily. ARGH! 

Blog tours use to have bloggers sign up before they would send them anything, but not anymore. This last month a few hit be and I joined before I knew it. I haven’t signed up for any blog tour promotional, so I just didn’t think about it when I took a few emails for authors guest authors post, until I received the email with blog tour buttons. One went great but the other one well… I just hope my winner gets her book. Yes, it’s been several days and no response. The thing is, it makes me and my blog look bad, so after yet another great taste, I will consider throwing a fit if one more blog tour emails me.

The fact is if a blog tour is run right then this is a good promotional service for authors, but until the majority of them learns how to run their blog tours, I’m staying out unless one of my returning authors contacts me.

 Believe me I’m not the only blogger getting pissy how these tours are run.

13 comments:

  1. I agree. Tours need to tighten their rules and regulations for running a tour. There are too many places that the process can break down. Tours need to set strict deadlines for the authors and the tour group because it is the blogger that suffers the consequences when things go wrong.

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  2. I think the blogger needs to give them a welcome letter with our demands (note, not expectations.) Every tour sends you that attachment that states their policy about missed posts. I have considered emailing out a similar doc. I know it is typed and on my laptop, but every time I look at it it just seems bitchy. Needless to say I have adapted a zero tolerance policy. I stop participating the moment I get night before post material, week before book for review, or a giveaway book not given.

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  3. I like that idea Vanessa. bloggers having their own set of rules that tours must follow.

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  4. I don't see way you guys cant set rules. They do so you guys should be able too. I say the authors needs to have a set of rules on their end too before jumping in a tour.

    Here is a question. If your a new blogger and author to the tours what rules would you need to set?

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  5. deadline for when posts/interviews have to be in the bloggers hands.

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  6. You need to include books to review too because you dont need them the last minute.

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  7. I have the same, - the majority of my emails are spam letters from various blog tour sites with books I would never be interested in :) I just delete them without bothering to answer. They don't read your review policy, they just spam everyone. I'd rather have individual interview/guest post from the author than deal with blog tours unless I know and love the author and want to promote them even more.

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  8. Woops, I might have emailed you about our own blog tour services. We strive NOT to do the things you mentioned because I personally sign up for blog tours and dislike it when the materials do not get to me ASAP. I won't badger you about signing up with us, but hopefully, if you change your mind later, you'll consider us.

    Romantic Maidens Book Tours

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  9. Hi Ladies, I actually stopped by the blog looking for the hop links for tomorrow and saw the post. I constantly strive to adjust and improve my tour company so things run smoother. I have begun sending a list of requirements to authors immediately upon a tour order so the blogger get the material as soon as they sign up for a tour. What else do you suggest for me to do to help out. I love suggestions for improvement.

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  10. I definitely think there should be guidelines for tours... I am actually creating my own touring company out of getting frustrated with SOME... okay MOST of the unprofessional tours that I have dealt with!! I LOVE working with Bewitching, Partners In Crime, and a few others.

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  11. As you know, I agree. lol I think it would be great if we could submit our own set of rules and guidelines, and why can't we?

    What it comes down to though is the competence of the tour coordinators. They are the ones being paid to make sure the tour goes off without a hitch and if they don't have materials from an author in a timely manner then they need to get with that author asap. We shouldn't have to be the ones contacting them all the time and dealing with last minute posts. We're not the ones getting paid to do this.
    And I know it's super frustrating for myself and I'm sure others who fill our calenders months in advance and have to put off other authors in lieu of blog tours already scheduled and then have them not come through.

    I think blog tours are a great resource for new authors and new bloggers when run right but if things keep up the way they are going I'm not sure how long that will last.

    As for rules; I agree with Sharon and you, Laurie. I think deadlines for posts/interviews/review is the main must-have. It would also be nice if they started setting up dates for them a few months in advance instead of the month-of.

    Okay, I'm stepping off my soap box now. lol ;)

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  12. yes, definitely more lead time before the tour stop. There is no reason they can't schedule at least a month ahead if not more.

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  13. The think that killed me the most was all the emails of different genres. I basically only review paranormal romance but I would get everything under the sun in my email. So, I know teen and ya bogs are getting adult books and those two sometimes don't mix.

    Also, series order is a issue. If the author submits a book that's #4 they need to disclose that they need to be read in order or they will end up with bad reviews and the blogger has wasted their time. So, series needs to be stand alone or the author needs to provide the whole series.

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