For my followers who are unfamiliar with the publishing industry, a book blog tour is a virtual tour to help an author promote their book without traveling. It’s the same concept as going to a store or event signings but instead of physical places, the author is going from blog to blog during the time frame of the tour.
Tell you what … the business side of being an author is a royal pain in the butt.
I self-published my first novel in the year 2000. Here I am fourteen years later having just finished my second novel.
Fourteen years!!! I’m the Rip Van Winkle of “authorship.” And like Rip, I’ve been re-born into an entirely new world.
In the year 2000, when I was peddling my first novel to agents, I was told that there were 24 million manuscripts submitted that year and only 1% to 1.5% of those would be picked up by a literary agent. Of those picked up, only 65% would score a publisher. I was a one of the lucky ones who got an agent… more on that below.