How book tours have changed over the years

My post about this topic is up over at Murderati.

And here’s a helpful tip for those who hate my blogposts: stop reading them. Really.

I’m late to this particular gem, and it’s really worth a read. (Thanks for the tip from Elizabeth Scott’s blog.) To have the major chains skip your book is a disaster. Find out how it might happen.

13 replies
  1. Nev
    Nev says:

    Hi Tess, I enjoy reading your blogs almost as much as reading your books.
    I have just received my copy of The Keepsake which you kindly autographed for me, it will be treasured ( and shown off ).
    Keep on blogging,

    Nev from Australia

  2. Abe
    Abe says:

    Hi Tess,

    You keep writing ’em, and we’ll keep reading ’em. Those who don’t like reading blogs, why are you reading this one? Move on…. See you next week (and thanks).


  3. joe bernstein
    joe bernstein says:

    Tess-you have a great blog-it’s not jsut a platform to sell your books,unlike some other(unamed)authors-I have no interest in writing,but if someone who did read your blogs from the beginning they’d get a free tutorial on writing fiction.
    You always have something interesting to say and it’s not always about writing(i.e.donkeys vs.porcupines):)

  4. tuttle
    tuttle says:

    The Hornswoggler posting was an eyeopener!

    Especially the bit about how out of all the larger stores accross the country theres many times when an author is lucky if EACH of those stores sells just ONE copy of their book within the traditional “window of availability” before the book is sent back to make room for the next, newest batch of books.

    Hopefully, the next generation of readers coming out of college will love to read and be more active in supporting writers. (Which of course (in theory) would lead the brick and mortar guys to build more bookstores instead of closing them down)

    Thanks for the link! I saved his blog

  5. tuttle
    tuttle says:

    And please, please keep blogging
    Your one of the few lighthouses on shore that guides all of us in these choppy publishing/writing waters

  6. Rhonda Lane
    Rhonda Lane says:

    Anyway, The Keepsake is a great read, and I’ve always enjoyed this blog even though I don’t post very often. I’m glad you came back to the blogosphere. I hope to get to see you at Mohegan Sun.

  7. therese
    therese says:

    I’m not sure how often I have thanked you for blogging – but again, thanks.

    For me the details and requirements to be a published novelist have been intimidating and yet this new spark of insight from you gives me more hope.

    I love reading, writing and playing house where as a very grounded Taurus woman I am also the kitchen gadget queen who prefers baking cookies to slogging through airports (and I’ve done more than my share of that!)

    I want to connect with readers face-to-face but I also want to do so in the comfort of my own home. I have a one-week-old grandson who I want to hold against my cheek for at least a year, yet I also have stories to tell and want to connect to readers across the globe. I want to be right here, in my life, with my family – and – want to be somewhere else …

    How will I handle being a commodity? Thanks for showing how to do so with dignity.

  8. drosdelnoch
    drosdelnoch says:

    One thing that Im surprised hasnt happened yet, and Im half expecting to get called crazy, is for authors to go and do signings in Supermarkets.

    Yep you read that right, Supermarkets. Why? Well lets face it, these days a lot of people browse a lot of the books in there and I suspect that a sale is more likely plus with the discount that they give the consumer it would more than likely add up to a greater volume sold at the end of the day with people picking up extra’s to use as presents for people.

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