So in my attempt to become a "known" author, I have to get my name and book out there to the masses. Merely having it for sale on Amazon, Kindle and Nook is not enough; I have to market it.
I have talked to several other self-published authors like myself and they recommended doing a blog tour. Not wanting to push my luck or annoy them with my constant questioning, I did not ask how they got theirs going. Probably not my smartest moment but there it is.
From what I understand the premise is that my book and me are the topic of a blog post on a different blog every day of the month for a month. That means that I have to come up with 30 blogs (that actually get decent visits/traffic) who would be willing to help me with this. It means sending out 30 PDF copies of my book for free for review, it means really opening myself up for critique.
I had researched a couple of book review sites and they were all backlogged until in to the new year. It's not that it's SO far away, but I'm not even sure how to approach them about doing it. There is still a bit of a stigma about being self-published. What I thought was a good thing, isn't embraced quite so much yet. And speaking of that, I have been a little shocked and disheartened by people that I know and am close to, who share that sentiment. I'm not a real author; it's not a real book. For the sake of protecting the insensitive, I won't expand on it but suffice it to say, it hurt. I worked for years on this book and it took a lot of courage to step out of my comfort zone and do this. I may not be on TV or be in the newspapers but I'm still somebody who is following my dream.
But enough self-pity; anyone out there know how to get a blog tour started that would be willing to help me get started?