BlogTours for Indie Authors: Self-Published Authors need to be seen. Blogs need content. A Win-Win
Authors need to be seen. Blogs need content

Over a year ago I signed up for BlogTour. In essence, a Blog Tour is a way for self-published authors like myself to get their books promoted on the blogs that host an interview of you, a review of your book, or some combination of both. Ususally the author’s contact information, social media sites, book promotion page, etc are included. As most self-published, independent (Indie) authors do not have a marketing budget ($0.00), let alone a marketing team, it is important to be creative in how we let the public know about our books.

As you may know, in my case, I use my social media sites extensively (Slideshare, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Scoopit, Pinterest, YouTube), and the Amazon Author Page, yet all of these have only a limited reach, as I’m only one person.

No matter how hard one person might try, no matter how much you do, you are only one person, swimming upstream, fighting the good fight, with a finite set of resources, energy, and support. One person is, was, and always will be, limited.

Obviously, at this rate, fame and glory as an author will come to me long after I’m dead, when someone discovers some literary innovation I’m currently doing. 🙂 (I won’t be quitting my day job anytime soon)

Anyway, unlike the major publishing houses, there is no well-oiled “publicity machine” to turn our books into Best-Sellers. As I’ve said before, the majority of writers (like me) have a day job (to pay the rent and buy groceries) and a night job (writing books).

Again, most Indie writers (like me) will never see our books on a Best-Seller list. It is almost unheard of for Indie authors to make enough money to quit our day job and devote ourselves full time to writing. Nonetheless, we are in control of our destiny, “we bring the fire“.

No publishing house in their right mind, for example, would have ever allowed me to write and publish 62 books in 2 years, as I’ve done. Not even Stephen King or J.K. Rowling works like that. No way. First you write the book, then you sell the book. Two years later, you write another book.

Indie publishing, on the other hand, allows me to write books, to perfect my craft by doing, always writing first for me. When I have pleased myself, with some innovation, with some new approach to storytelling, then I am content to share it with the public, legitimately hoping that the authenticity of my efforts will resonate with my readers. For me, that approach to writing has made it an imperative to write in my true voice, an experiential one, and indeed, my life experience forms the fundamental building blocks of everything that I write.

I have digressed, and beg your pardon. As I was saying, indie writers are usually very poor people. We rarely get rich by writing. Therefore, it is important to help one another, especially those of us who have blogs that are well-read (like Profesorbaker’s Worldwide English Blog). That’s the reason why I am available to host Blog Tours on my blog, only for Indie Authors (like me). I believe other, more traditional, well-connected and well-resourced publishing industry authors (like Stephen King, Dan Brown and J.K. Rowling, for instance) will have access to other avenues of promoting their books, and will not fault me for excluding them here on my blog…

Oh, I almost forgot to promote my latest book: “The Chilean National English Test: The Years 2001 – 2014” which is live in the Kindle Store and has been enrolled in KDP Select. It is available* for readers to purchase here. It is also available in Paperback on Createspace. It’s a great book, with an amazing price for 227 pages, only $9.99.

Book Description

Publication Date: July 4, 2013

Bienvenido. Welcome to educational testing in Chile. The object of this book is to present as clear an account as possible of the historical development of educational testing in Chile with regards to the Chilean National English test. It is a mixed-genre, story within a story, autobiographical-historical text interwoven into one continuous, developmental narrative, of a teacher and of a nation, Chile.

The aim of this book has been to adapt it to the needs of the great body of busy teachers and learners who have neither the time nor the means to make a comprehensive study, but are earnestly striving to be informed regarding the facts that are indispensable for an understanding of the theory and practice of modern English Language teaching, learning and testing in a foreign language context.

Amazon Author Page: Thomas Jerome Baker

About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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