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Book Review – Book Blog Tours

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Book Blog Tours – by Barb Drozdowich

My Review:

I’ve been blogging about books for just about a year now and worked within publishing for the same amount of time.  I’ve learned a lot, and it’s taken me a while to learn what I have.  There has been a lot of trial and error and there probably will be for a while yet, if not forever.

However, this book can teach you SO much whether you’re an Author, Blogger, Publicist or work in Marketing.  Learn everything it takes time to learn with experience, quickly with this short, super interesting read.

I gave this book 5 coffees.
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The book isn’t long so it’ll only take you a couple of hours to gain insight on a subject that many find hard to crack.

I know when you think ‘Book Tour’ most authors immediately think ‘book sales’ but it’s not true.  I always try to tell my authors that book tours don’t sell books, they get people talking about your book, which in turn may help sales at some point but really it’s about getting you as the author and your book out into the interwebs to be found!  This book does such a great job of explaining all of those tiny details that you need to know.

What I Loved:

-Barb is very straight forward and you can tell she’s been in the industry for many years.  She’s very knowledgeable and the book shows that.  Eventually you would learn everything in this book, but what better way to learn it quickly than from a fantastic teacher like Barb?
-The book hold so much truth in so many areas surrounding Book Tours and Book Blogs.

What I didn’t Love:

-Nothing… I think this type of knowledge needs to be in the book world!  Like they say… The more ya know…

What I thought of the Cover:

-Super cute cover, very fitting of the book and of Barb’s author brand.

My Conclusion:

Even as a book blogger who has made a business of selling ‘tours’ I want this book in the world.  It’s so great to know that this kind of knowledge is out there and that anyone can learn and read all the things us as bloggers learn over the time spent working with authors and the publishing industry.

I think with the publishing world leaning towards authors doing more of their own marketing this book really encourages them to get involved, whether they have professional help or not.  Your book is essentially selling you as an author so the more knowledge you have on the details of this new virtual book selling world, the better position you’ll be in to sell your books.

I can’t say enough good about this book, buy it, read it and refer to it.

And remember… there is NO quick trip to the Best Sellers list… it takes time, money, and persistence.  This book will help you make the right choices in that journey (not a race – a journey).

Have you read this book?
Tell me what you thought in the comments below.

To find out more or to buy the book click on the cover below:

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About the Author:

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Barb Drozdowich

Bio:

Social Media and WordPress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught in colleges, universities and in the banking industry. More recently, she brings her 15+ years of teaching experience and a deep love of books to help authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books, where she talks about Romance – mostly Regency.

She is the author of 6 books and over 20 YouTube videos all focused on helping authors and bloggers. Barb lives in the mountains of British Columbia with her family.

Find her here:

Author Website: http://barbdrozdowich.com

Business Blog: http://bakerviewconsulting.com

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18 Comments

  • Reply Kay

    Gold for authors as well as book bloggers–authors who’ve read it say, “Oh, I didn’t know I needed to do any work for my tour. Maybe that’s why I was disappointed in results.” In other words, this book covers all the ground for book blog tours, all aspects, all “workers.” A must-read for sure!!

    January 22, 2016 at 9:31 am
    • Reply Aimee

      Hey Kay!! I completely agree, I think if you work in publishing in any form, this book should be read! 🙂
      Thanks for reading and commenting!! 🙂

      January 22, 2016 at 9:36 am
    • Reply Barb Drozdowich

      Morning Kay,
      Thanks for your spot-on comments. I remember reading a tour operator say “maybe the author will drop by” Seriously!! A tour should be a gold mine for an author if done right – and yes, you need to participate! So Kay….What are you reading?

      January 22, 2016 at 10:01 am
      • Reply Kay

        Reading now? The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy — wonder how the contents work for authors and book bloggers doing tours? Hmmmm

        January 22, 2016 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Barb Drozdowich

    Wow! Busy morning – sorry I’m so late showing up! Aimee, thank you so much for your kind words, but more importantly, thank you for all you do to help authors promote their books. You are correct, tours DON”T sell books, but they create awareness. We have to manage our expectations as authors. In this speedy, modern world, not everything is about immediate sales – sometimes you just need to chat about books and make some friends. As readers, we need to have the opportunity to gush over the latest great read, not just immediately reach for our credit card! I think that blog tours have gotten away from the chatting about books part to be about how many blogs our book can be posted on. So…what are you reading? I just finished What A Lady Requires by Ashlyn Macnara – historical romance with a smart heroine – just wonderful!

    January 22, 2016 at 9:59 am
    • Reply Aimee

      Thank you SO much! I loved the book and I hope other in the industry grab it up, it’s SO useful! I’m reading ‘How to Look Happy’ by Stacey Wiedower. 🙂

      January 22, 2016 at 10:25 am
      • Reply Barb Drozdowich

        Selfishly, I agree – if if I can help a handful understand, I’m happy! The book that you are reading looks good! I’ve added it to my wish list (ssshhh don’t tel my husband 🙂 )

        January 22, 2016 at 10:56 am
        • Reply Aimee

          Ha! I’m glad I’m not the only one to quietly omit my wish lists on amazon. LOL

          January 22, 2016 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Susan Faw

    I have this book in my to-be-read pile, and yes, i am finally going to break down and buy a kindle lol! Barb has a solid grasp of the in’s and out’s of this form of promotion and we would all do well to pay attention!

    January 22, 2016 at 11:06 am
    • Reply Barb Drozdowich

      Thank you for your kind words Susan! I appreciate your thoughts! And I guess hell has frozen over if you are getting a Kindle 🙂 hehehe

      January 22, 2016 at 11:11 am
    • Reply Aimee

      Kindle’s are great!! Mine goes everywhere with me. Thanks so much for reading and commenting Susan!

      January 22, 2016 at 11:28 am
  • Reply K. S. R. Burns

    Nice review!

    January 22, 2016 at 11:14 am
    • Reply Aimee

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting K.S.R

      January 22, 2016 at 11:29 am
    • Reply Barb Drozdowich

      Morning KSR! Thanks for stopping by – great review – made my day! But Aimee’s thoughts are spot-on! Great post!

      January 22, 2016 at 11:36 am
      • Reply Aimee

        awe, y’all are gonna make me blush. 🙂

        January 22, 2016 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Patricia Sands

    Barb’s books are “must haves” for every author!

    January 22, 2016 at 5:40 pm
    • Reply Barb Drozdowich

      Hi Patricia! Thanks for your kind words! *blushing*

      January 22, 2016 at 6:29 pm
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