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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Three Things I Learned About Blog Tours

Please welcome guest blogger Lynn Rush

1. Holy Hades they’re a lot of work:

Yeah, well, anything great is a lot of work. It took quite a while to line up hosts, write up guest posts, and line up everything. But the process turned out to be pretty fun. I got to meet a lot of new bloggers as I scheduled things. And the excitement starting to generate, even before the tour started, was contagious. I’m a debut author, so this whole process was a first for me, and I’m hooked! Good thing I have a few more books contracted, right? That means I’ll get to have a few more tours.

It takes a lot of planning and organizing, but just start way early and you’re golden. In the end… it’s so worth it!

2. Be bold:

Many of my characters are GREAT at being bold (who wouldn’t be with super powers, right?) Me. Not so much. Probably why I write my characters the way I do. The idea of writing guest posts freaked me out. I was like, “What do I write? No one will care what I have to say.”

Yeah, well, I had to get over myself. I can only be me, right? So, go with it and write the posts. I checked out some past posts, asked a couple experienced writers for advice and then just went with it.

Just like some people will love Wasteland and some won’t, I can only write what I write, right?

3. I love giving away things:

I’ve always loved giving away things. When I get to see the smile it brings on people’s faces—it truly warms my heart. Now, since blog tours are done online, I won’t be able to see people when they find out they won a prize, but it didn’t matter. The idea of giving away prizes still warmed my heart because I remember how I felt when I won prizes on blog giveaways.

So…along that line…I want to give someone an e-book today! All you have to do is leave a comment:

Tell me about something that makes you smile.

Yep. That easy.

Now. If you want to earn an extra entry, head over to twitter and tell your friends to come on by…I love visitors. Be sure to put @lynnrush and #Wasteland in the tweet so I can see it. Also, put your email in the comment so I can contact you if your name is drawn.

Lynn Rush began her writing career in 2008. She has both an undergraduate and graduate degree in the mental health field and has enjoyed applying that unique knowledge to developing unique characters.

A former inline speed skater and mountain biker, Lynn has been known to test the limits of her athletic endurance. So, when she's not writing, she spends time enjoying the Arizona sunshine by road biking nearly 100 miles per week with her husband of fifteen years and going on jogs with her loveable Shetland Sheep dogs.

Find Lynn at her blog, on Facebook, or on Twitter.


Bound by the blood contract his human mother signed four centuries ago, half-demon, David Sadler, must obey his demonic Master’s order to capture fifteen-year-old Jessica Hanks. But as he learns more about her, he realizes she may be the key to freedom from his demonic enslavement.

The only obstacle—Jessica’s distractingly beautiful Guardian, Rebeka Abbott. He must not give in to their steamy chemistry, or he will lose his humanity. But fresh off a quarter millennia of sensory deprivation as punishment for not retrieving his last target, he may not be able to resist temptation long enough to save what’s left of his human soul.


Ciara said...

This is a timely post for me as I'm setting up my first tour for my debut novella. You are not kidding, organization and planning ahead is key. Great tips, Lynn. Don't enter me in the contest because I already have both e-book and print. :) Yep, that's how awesome the book is!

Dranea said...

I honestly don't know how you have time for all of the things that you are doing. I would be a crazy person by now. This is one of the reasons I leave the blogging to all of you guys, and I just sit back and enjoy the things that you create. (I would be insane trying to figure out buttons, widgets, etc.)

Oh, like Ciara, please don't enter me in the contest, I have this super duper book already as well! :)

Anonymous said...

Add me to the already own Wasteland list! What can I say? You're awesome! Thanks for a great post, Lynn!

erain14 said...

I already have Wasteland too! But I can't imagine how much time it took to set up this tour! Following you this month, Lynn, has really opened my eyes to the blogging world! It's intriguing. I've really enjoyed the journey and am excited for the next one for the Violent Night trilogy! Yay!!!
:) Erin

Anonymous said...

Hey, guys. Thanks for coming by!!!
Glad it could help, Ciara. :)
Hi, Dranea!! It's a lot of work, but sooo fun! :) Just like writing. :)
Berinn: **waves** Thanks.
Erin: Glad you've had fun. Between you and Dranea, I think you've all gotten almost every entry available toward the Kindle/Gift Card!!! You guys are rockin'


Jean Murray said...

Great post, Lynn. I agree, it takes so much time to manage a blog, but it is so much fun. I already have Wasteland on my TBR.

Shawn said...

I don't have it. Definately enter me! Book sounds awesome.