Saturday, May 2, 2009

Going back to school, Blogging School

In these days of internet access which reaches a global audience, the days of authors traveling from city to city and bookstore to bookstore to promote their work before a captive audience is going the way of the dinosaurs, horse-drawn buggies and Hula Hoops.

Today authors who wish to promote their books do so from the comfort of their own office. And instead of visiting different cities, they spend a great deal of time visiting blogs and social networking sites.

With the goal of improving my book promotion skills, I’ve signed up to participate in a class that teaches newbie authors (like me) how get the most visibility from their own blogs, and also to organize a whirlwind book tour, which these days means a blog tour.

The classes are all online, there are dozens of other students who offer support and encouragement, and best of all, it’s FREE!!

Well, actually it’s not free; it just doesn’t cost money. The price for admission is a willingness to show up every day, pay attention, support other students, and write a blog entry EVERY DAY. So there is actually quite a bit of work involved.

The new three-month session started May 1 with an agenda that follows this format:
Month 1 - improving your blogs
Month 2 - social networking and marketing
Month 3 - finding hosts and planning your tour stops
Month 4 - supporting each other's blog book tours

They offer a guide to get everyone started at:

For anyone interested in joining the Fall classes, all the info you need is at:

Happy Blogging.


Bryl R. Tyne said...

Thanks, Alan! Looking forward to checking out this info.

Dani said...

Thanks for the plug, Alan! I'll see you in class for the next two months. :)


C. Margery Kempe said...

Congratulations on the column and on joining the blog tour course. I think it's going to be a lot of fun.

Under my pseudonym, I write for a number of publishers, many of whom do a lot of M/M and F/F erotic romance novels. You may find material there for your column. See for example Ravenous Romance.

Dr.Mani said...

I really 'get' the "not free" bit of BBT after reading your post! :-)

Been busy all day, setting up a new blog and visiting all the sites that'll be on the new blogroll - and you're right... it IS work!

All success
Author: "Think, Write & RETIRE!"

Elle Parker said...

Hi Alan,

I believe I recognize you from a few other Yahoo groups as well. I'm playing catch up this weekend and getting my ducks in a row for the Blog Book Tours class.

You have a great looking blog.

Elle Parker