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I was reading about the virtual book tours that some authors do and there was an ebook for sale about how to do these and all about them, but it was 29.00 so it was out of my range.

I was wondering how many authors had taken one of these tours and how it worked out for them. Are the book sales good, and how does one go about setting one up. I take it that these tours are done on a blog on someone's website. Or that's the impression I got from reading . It didn't give any particulars on how to do them, how authors made out with them, or what other authors thought about them.

Does anyone have anything to share about the VIrtual Book Tour

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Comment by Dyan Garris on December 4, 2007 at 2:33pm
I just finished a virtual book tour run by Dorothy Thompson at It was a lot of fun and a lot of work, valuable exposure and a great price. It was hosted on not just one blog, but several and in my opinion no one does the VBT better than Dorothy. I'm going to do another one in February.
Comment by shirley dicks on March 19, 2007 at 5:36pm
( may try to do something like that. My friend will be back the end of April and we plan on doing some book signings together. I won't do them alone.....but I don't mind when someone else is there with me....
Comment by Patrice-Anne Rutledge on March 19, 2007 at 3:50pm
I've arranged several successful virtual book tours for my books and the key is finding the right blogs, sites, podcasts, etc. that reach your target audience. You need to find "tour stops" that cater to women who ride motorcycles, or motorcycle enthusiasts in general, and contact those sites/blogs. Sometimes you won't see immediate results, but most of the content from your tour should stay online for some time and can generate future sales.

To learn more about virtual book tours, read my article on the topic that was posted as part of one of my own tours:
Comment by shirley dicks on March 19, 2007 at 9:03am
I wondered how those would go. Mine are non fiction but not instructional or self help so I'm sure they wouldn't sell that way either.

I think I've tried most everything I could think of to sell them other than getting out to book signings, which I don't like to do alone so don't them often.

On one of my books and dvd, I sent out eight thousand emails on it, and got four sales. That's not a good percent. But I don't see what else to do other than contacting places that these would fit in such as schools and churches for that one.

On my motorcycle book for women, I sent emails to all the motorcyle shops in one state and only got three that didn't work too well either and all the time it took me to gather all the info to send them to....
Comment by Karen Vanderlaan on March 18, 2007 at 6:23pm
i paid a fair amount and saw really no book sales or real exposure from it-it seemed to be more for those who have written non-fiction kinda how to or instructional, self help kinds of things
Comment by shirley dicks on March 18, 2007 at 5:21pm
thanks for the information. I had read an article but it didn't really go into detail just said it was a book signing tour on line and I wondered how it would work...

I wonder if anyone ever sells books that way....
Comment by John Kremer on March 18, 2007 at 4:16pm
A virtual blog tour is essentially a set of blog interviews or reviews. To set one up, you contact blogs related to your book as well as book blogs that review books and/or interview authors. Ask them if they'd like a review copy of your book and/or would like to interview your book. Tell them why your book or author would interest their audience. Many blog interviews are done via email where you answer a set of questions and email them back to the blog owner who posts the interview on his or her blog. By giving this procedure a fancy name, it seems more complicated than it really is. Now, some blog tours feature the same interview on more than one blog, and that is certainly a great thing because it means less work for you. There are a number of blogs that are happy to feature duplicate content since their visitors don't overlap a lot. Of course, for a blog tour to work, you really need to locate blogs that are actually read. To locate blogs, use Google blog search or Technorati search.

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