After 20 years in PR I decided it was time to...just write. Now, I am a published, award-winning author, developmental book editor, author mentor and partner publisher (www.ocpublishing.ca). I post thoughts on my writer's journey and share my experiences as an author, editor and publisher and highlight the books of authors I am publishing. I welcome guest bloggers and do author interviews. Enjoy my blog and feel free to comment.
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Planning my Virtual Book/Blog Tour
So, it’s finally here! My publisher (Summertime Publishing) and I
have chosen a launch date for my book, @Home in Dubai… Getting Connected Online and on the Ground. We’re fleshing out the marketing plan, which
includes (drumroll, please) a Virtual Book and Blog Tour! It’s all very exciting as I enter this realm
with wide-eyed, newbie wonder. I’m lucky to be following in Jo Parfitt’s very
successful footsteps (she is my publisher and a prolific author as well). She
just completed a successful blog tour for her first work of fiction, Sunshine Soup - nourishing the global soul,which I watched in
admiration and took lots of notes.
Learning and Sharing
I’m learning so many amazing new things in
this process. What blows me away is how helpful other
authors are who have gone before and how willing they are to share their
experiences to give you a hand up. Jo’s
expertise is invaluable and I’ve been following others as well. I happened on a
great teleseminar on setting up a virtual book tour by D’Vorah Lansky recently.
It ran last night but you can get the replay on her website… great reference!
I’ve been in marketing and PR for years (I started when media tours meant you were going on a 'road trip'... for real, not virtually) and
can obviously put that experience into action, but there’s always something new
to learn. I’m approaching this, not only
as a marketer, but also as a new author (same game, different ball park). As I add this new area of expertise to my
repertoire, I will certainly ‘pay it forward’ and continue to share my thoughts
and never-ending advice and words of wisdom!
This week I'm so thrilled to welcome Jack Scott to Writing...Just Because to share his author journey and a few words of advice. Jack is the author of Turkey Street - Jack and Liam move to Bodrum, the sequel to the
best-selling memoir Perking the Pansies - Jack and Liam move to Turkey. Here's a little taster of Turkey Street... Six months into their Turkish affair, Jack and Liam, a gay couple
from London, took lodgings in the oldest ward of Bodrum Town. If they wanted to
shy away from the curtain-twitchers, they couldn’t have chosen a worse
position. Their terrace overlooked Turkey Street like the balcony of Buckingham
Palace and the middle-aged infidels stuck out like a couple of drunks at a
temperance meeting. Against all the odds, the boys from the Smoke were welcomed
into the fold by a feisty mix of eccentric locals and a select group of
trailblazing expats, irresistible ladies with racy pasts and plucky presents. Hop aboard Jack’s rainbow gulet as he navigates the choppy wa…