But virtual book touring is the wave of the future, especially in the US where they’re blazing ahead with new ideas for how to employ the internet, how to reach more readers, how to make the most of what it can offer an author.
(Here, I sometimes think our publishing/media industries have only just discovered that the internet exists. A hint to those wondering about it: it won’t make the tea, nor will it fetch you another tub of Ben and Jerry’s.)
So anyway, some months ago my publisher suggested I do a virtual tour for the release of Of Honest Fame.
Well naturally I said, “yes, of course.”
That is my job, to say yes to my publisher.
(I hope said publisher isn’t reading this–it may give ideas.)
Naturally I had no idea what I was talking about–so nothing new there.
And so it was arranged with Pump Up Your Book, which is an American firm which specialises in these tours. And still I didn’t know what I was talking about or what I had agreed to…
Then sometime in early October the interviews started arriving to be done.
Now all I can say is Wow. On so many levels.
Having done some interviews with authors many years ago as part of my book critic career, I thought I knew all about it.
Well, ha ha ha to me. I didn’t.
Firstly, the personal questions really threw me for a loop. Because I don’t normally talk much about myself. And secondly, I don’t tend to talk about my work either. At least not beyond these four walls.
So–many of these questions really caused me to think, really made me consider what I had done, what I had striven to achieve, what my aims were in writing Of Honest Fame. Yes, I did know deep down what I wanted to do with the book, but I’d never put it into words before, or if I had, it certainly hadn’t been for public consumption.
(One of the fallacies about authors is, at least in my case, that while in print I may appear a paragon of linguistic control, in reality I’m…well…I can be a bit of a numpty.)
Then too because of the different nuances of the questions, I had to look at the thing from all sorts of angles which was a challenge–a good challenge, but a challenge nonetheless. Added to the incessant desire and determination to offer something fresh, something new to each successive interview, not just to repeat the last.
It was exhausting and tremendous. And has deepened my appreciation for the book, while, curiously and at the same time, whetted my appetite to get working on the next.
There were also the Guest Blogs. Those have been a little easier and a lot of fun, causing me to write about things I hadn’t thought of in years–good things, good memories–and I truly enjoyed that.
And now it’s out there and happening–I’m holding my breath just a little to see how it goes.
It’s a bit peculiar to go onto all these different websites and see one’s own book cover and often author pic up there. (Don’t think I’ll ever get used to that!) But I’m learning…and occasionally even approving of what I said, though to be frank, the weeks of the saying of it are all a bit of a blur to me at this point.
Anyway, do go have a gander. This is what the future as far as book tours and marketing may look like. And I’ll tell you what, if it is, it’s not all that scary. (Well, maybe a little…)