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The Banned from Vegas Blog Tour Stops Here!

Posted on October 22, 2009 at 1:20 AM

Today I'm hosting the blog tour of a very special friend of mine.
We are in Day 18 of Banned from Vegas with Jean Holloway.

This virtual book tour would be incomplete without answering some of the questions that I’m ask quite often while marketing and promoting my book. I hope you enjoy it.  

Writing Advice

 

If you feel you have a story to tell, start out by dedicating at least an hour a day to writing with no interruptions. No excuses.  Like Nike says, "Just do it".

 

Getting Published

 

When you're completely satisfied, look into small independent publishers (the route I chose) or consider self-publishing. Find nearby literary events to attend. Get familiar with what goes on and network like you never have before.  

 

Reviews

 

I always ask reviewers if they would accept the eBook (.pdf) first to save money. Hey, if they say no, you're only back where you started. First, I send mine to online book clubs that post reviews. The price is usually a book (maybe 2) plus postage. The costs of review copies should be included in your budget. Some reviewers are: APOOO Books, AALBC ($249), MidWest Book Reviews, RAWSISTAZ, SORMAG Magazine and Urban-Reviews. Be patient. It may take months, but the increased online presence can't hurt.

 

Events

 

In today's economy, it's hard to get book clubs interested in events that cost the reader to attend, but try to find inexpensive literary events in your area that you can attend.  

What doesn't seem to work for me any more are book signings at local independent stores, although I still do them because they were the ones who helped me get out there in the first place and I'm eternally grateful.

 

Networking

 

Although I'm on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Shelfari, etc., I want to mention GoodReads.com. If you are not a registered author there, you should be.  I've connected with almost 1,800 (no typo!) people including book clubs. I've also gotten reviews from Canada and England through GoodReads. It's my favorite literary networking site.

 

Even with a publicist, don't think that means you won't be involved. In fact, you should now be a team. Getting your book into readers' hands is a full time job.

 

In closing, I want to wish you the best and re-affirm my motto: "Never give up your dream" 

About Black Jack

Black Jack is the sequel to Jean Holloway's acclaimed debut novel, Ace of Hearts. Buckle up and follow Shevaughn as she moves closer to solving the murder of a lonely widow, unknowingly rekindling old grudges and awakening an sinister spirit.  Get ready, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

 

About Jean Holloway: 

Jean Holloway, author of thrillers—books from her Deck of Cardz series—a fiction detective storyline following the career of a female lead homicide detective Shevaughn Robinson. Ace of Hearts and Black Jack are currently available online and by request at your local bookstores.  

Visit Deck of Cardz to learn more about Jean Holloway and her work. There you can download Black Jack eBook; watch the book video: Black JackWanna Play, read the book synopsis; and more.

Banned from Vegas with Jean Holloway, is a virtual book tour organized by Nia Promotions, that assists authors and publishers with using web-marketing strategy to market and promote books on the internet.

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Banned from Vegas with Jean Holloway, is a virtual book tour organized by Nia Promotions, a marketing company that assists authors and publishers with using web-marketing strategy to market and promote books on the internet.  

Book Giveaway: 

Win a copy of Ace of Hearts by Jean Holloway. One lucky commenter will win a copy of Jean’s debut novel. Deadline for comments is 12:00 pm EST October 22, 2009. For more details and to enter to win one of the Reader Prizes visit http://bit.ly/NctRB

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6 Comments

Reply Brooklyn Darkchild
12:37 PM on October 23, 2009 
Jean Holloway says...
Hey Brooklyn,
Thanks for having me stop by.
See you soon,
Jean

Anything for a friend, Jean...
Anything for a friend.
Thanks for allowing me to be your host for the day. Best Wishes on your book!
Reply Jean Holloway
12:35 AM on October 23, 2009 
Well, Ladies, guess all I can say is thanks & good night.
Reply Jean Holloway
11:21 AM on October 22, 2009 
Joyce Dickerson says...
Hello Jean
Yes I am following this tour whole heartedly and I ordered both of your books yesterday from your site can not wait to receive them this has been enjoyable just to follow along on the virtual tour because you learn something different each day about you and the book because you are asked different questions.

Hey Joyce,
Talk about faithful. I know, I feel like we know each other already! Thanks for ordering my babies. I'd love to hear your opinion after you're finished reading.
Reply Dana Pittman
11:08 AM on October 22, 2009 
Good morning ladies, and thank you Brooklyn!
Reply Joyce Dickerson
10:58 AM on October 22, 2009 
Hello Jean
Yes I am following this tour whole heartedly and I ordered both of your books yesterday from your site can not wait to receive them this has been enjoyable just to follow along on the virtual tour because you learn something different each day about you and the book because you are asked different questions.
Reply Jean Holloway
10:18 AM on October 22, 2009 
Hey Brooklyn,
Thanks for having me stop by.
See you soon,
Jean

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