Entries in Pump Up Your Book (9)

Blind Man & Ice Fairy's Treasure Chest Today!

Guest Post Written By Freddie Owens.

The Story Behind The Book [Briefly]

Read it here. Actually there's a lot more to tell, and I'll hopefull get to it - as soon as I free myself from the material chaos of my living situation. Fat chance - but a chance nonetheless!





I'm Taking The Plunge!

That's right! As of tomorrow, that would be January 6th, Monday, I'll be on a virtual tour via Pump Up Your Book, hawking my wares, i.e., Then Like The Blind Man to the reading public. Here's a post I made for Facebook, which tells a little more about me and my book and includes a schedule of the tour. The tour runs through March 2014. I'll be posting about this from time to time and hope you'll want to come take a look see!


Virtual Book Tours / Love 'em or Leave 'em?

Hello everybody. Freddie Owens here with another post - at long last.   Today I want to begin a discussion about virtual book tour companies and whether or not we as authors ought to invest our hard earned dollars to engage them. A virtual book tour is essentially a blog tour set up and designed to promote a book or books (newly released or not). With the explosive growth of the internet, a lot of authors have resorted to using them instead of going it the old fashion 'brick and mortar' way, i.e., traveling about the country to various cities, making appearances at various (sometimes out of the way) bookstores, which it occures to me could be a lot more expensive than a virtual tour (though these too can be expensive, ranging anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to well over a thousand).

Anyway, I have been considering this as a possibility for promoting my own book, Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie's Story  and came across in my research Dorothy Thompson whose company Pump Up Your Book designs and sets up virtual book tours for authors, some of which are relatively inexpensive consisting of 5 to 10 blog stops, some of moderate to high expense ($300 to $600) consisting of from 10 to as many as 30+ blog stops lasting anywhere from a week to a month or two and one exorbantly priced package ($1,400.00) lasting three months with a lot of 'extras' and 45+ blog stops. A lot of my writer-friends cautioned me about virtual book tour companies, asserting (and rightly so) that there were disreputable companies out there waiting to take advantage of the unsuspecting, naive, newbie to the literary world. They rightly pegged me as one of those and so I'm grateful for their warnings, which inspired me

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