Is it safe to come out yet?

Honestly, is there anyone out there who doesn't know I have a new book out? I've hit it hard over the last month or so on the promotional front. It takes time to write all those pieces. Then I have to organize my volunteer hosts, and participate in any comments we might get.

This is harder than it sounds, because I don't assign specific dates to the tour posts. I give the hosts some loose parameters, and live with what I get. I asked my hosts not to post on Thursdays, because Lisa Burton Radio is that day. My own guests deserve their day in the spotlight.

There were a couple of review posts that I didn't calculate into the mix, but I tried to support them too. I know there has been a lot of reblogging on my site through this phase. If I can benefit from my hosts' traffic, maybe they can benefit from some of mine too. It isn't much, but it feels polite to me.

Then there is the fact that all of the posts were unique. It wasn't like reading the same thing over and over. I also liked the Lisa Burton posters for this book. If you missed any of them, I included them as back of the book material. For 99ยข you can have all three of them.

The tour worked out well for mid summer. I moved about a dozen copies per day at first, and it's now trickled down to one per day. That may not sound like much, but that's all the promo I've done too. I was going to advertise on Facebook, but they've pissed me off lately. They push me to boost or advertise every single post I make. Let's face it, not every post is worth spending $20 on.

You authors out there would have met some wonderful supportive hosts if you went on the tour. Don't underestimate the value of knowing a few people like that. Someday you'll want to make a blog tour too, and there's no time like the present to make a few friends. I owe these hosts a lot, and you may see some of them over here from time to time.

I'm pretty happy as it stands now. Reviews are trickling in, and every book needs more. The point is that I have some. I got within three notches of one of the Amazon charts, but never did hit the top 100. It would have been great, but it could still happen. The Amazon machine is strange. Sell three or four in an hour and land a review on the same day and poof – top 100.

I'm checking for reviews a few times every day, but I'll calm down soon. I always have. The reviews have been positive, and that makes me very happy. This book was a risk in my mind, and those who took a chance seem to have enjoyed it.

Tomorrow I need to work on more Lisa Burton Radio posts. I have next week's post ready, I only need to assemble and schedule it. This isn't enough though. I also need to finalize the week after, and work up a couple more shticks.

I have some editing on my horizon too. Depending on how things go, I may even tackle some micro-fiction for October.

Hope you guys enjoyed the tour. Thanks for sticking with me through it, and thanks for reading and reviewing my newest book. There are more on the way.

Did you notice my restraint? No book title, no purchase link. If you're dying to know, scroll through my recent posts.


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54 responses to “Is it safe to come out yet?

  1. Congrats on the successful tour. I’m with you on the Facebook thing.

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  2. What? You released a book? I had no idea… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m so excited to hear how well your tour went. The Enhanced League is great—one of my favorites, if not my very favorite, of your works. You deserve much success with it.

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  3. That was a huge tour. You whipped out a ton of posts for it. I don’t know how you do it, honestly!

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  4. Come out! we are always happy to see you and your book(s) and Lisa of course!

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  5. Hi Craig! Well I genuinely didn’t know you had a new book out, but then as you may have noticed, I haven’t been blogging lately (I’ve been saying that a lot over the last year or more!) Anyway, congrats on that, I just had a little look at it, sounds really intriguing. You work so hard in getting your writing out there and engaging with everyone, and deserve every success.

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    • Hi, Vanessa. You have been quiet over on WordPress. I see your face on Facebook occasionally. I have a lot of friends in GB and Europe, so baseball was a risk. Maybe it will help me crack the South American and Asian markets a bit. Hope you’re doing well.


  6. Craig, I’m so glad your tour went well and will continue to do so…
    Charles, have a go…you don’t know what you can achieve if you don’t!

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  7. LOL!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ A little goes a long way! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Another week should see me over my domestic productions schedule so my zombie elf is fixing to come and see Lisa very soon now! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  8. Congrats! Now take a minute to breathe! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Glad the tour went well for you, Craig!

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  10. Glad the blog tour went so well. I read all your posts, and shared many of them.

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  11. It’s safe to peek out! Congrats! From what I’ve seen, your posts drive traffic! Now, go spend some time with the doggies! And your family!

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  12. Well done Craig. Put your feet p for a while. You’ve earned a break!

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  13. Fabulous tour, Craig! Congrats and best wishes for continued success. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Glad the tour went well, and that the reviews are coming in! The market is getting more and more saturated, so success like that is nice to have ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Some of the reviews were massively entertaining on their own, and may have elicited some new readers. I almost wrote that once, on one, but then thought of other reviewers reading.
    I’m glad you had so much support ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. I think you had a great tour. I really enjoyed seeing all the different posts on the host blogs. Honestly, I don’t know how you managed to pull that off. I wrote three unique posts for my latest release, but have so many friends who have offered to host me. Finding the time to write those posts is non-extant. All that work (which you pulled off with apparent ease) is equivalent to major word count on a WIP. I don’t know how you do it. You really hit it out of the ballpark ๐Ÿ™‚

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