Yesterday was the last stop on my month plus one day blog tour for River Spirits, the latest in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series. http://www.rebeccaswritingsvs.com/ where I wrote about What Makes A Mystery Writer.
It's too soon to tell you who won my contest(s) and I actually turned it into two. I'm pretty sure who the winner of being a character will be as one person posted consistently on all of the blogs.
On this tour I had far more unique visitors than ever. I think that's a good thing, especially if they decide to buy my book.
I tried really hard to put a different picture of me on every post--though when someone lost what I'd sent them (happened a few times) I hadn't kept a good record of who I sent what photo to.
Some topics seemed to draw more interest than others--and I can only judge by the people who left a comment as I don't have anyway of knowing how many just visited and read.
Was my tour too long? Perhaps, but I don't know any other way of getting the message about my new book out to many different people. I always try to find bloggers who have different followers--and I think I did that pretty well.
I've thought about not doing the tour on weekends, but some of my favorite blogs only have guests on the weekend. I have no idea what I'll do in the future.
Are blog tours worth the trouble? I say yes because I do see an increase in sales during the time I'm touring.
And after all, everyone says name recognition is what's most important.
Because I've cut down on my travel--this still seems to be a good substitute for some of the in-person events I can't do any longer.
Any thoughts about any of the ideas I've shared?