Friday, August 9, 2013

Tour Stop | Phantom Dreams by T.K. Harris



Book Title: Phantom Dreams
Author: T.K. Harris
Release Date: June 7th
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Length: 81,956 words, 273 pages
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
Cover Design by: Benjamin Poelman and Tipping Point

Blog Tours – My Experience

Blogs. There are millions of them. Literally. Blogs exist for every passion and every interest. Gaming, cooking, dieting, clubbing, comedy, politics and the list goes on and on. And then there are blogs for reading and writing. Blogs created by people who love reading and like recommending books. Reader blogs that enjoy giving reviews and interviews. Blogs created by writers to promote their own books, many of which will promote books written by other writers. And in those categories are even more detailed blogs. Fantasy only blogs, Sci-Fi, Romance, Mystery, etc. And you would think, with all of these blogs that putting together a blog tour would be easy! Ha!

I spent a total of three months on my own, one entire month dedicated specifically to reaching out to as many blogs as I could that I thought might be interested in reading my book, reviewing it, having me, my book, an article or something on their blog. After the hours of research in which I weeded out the writing and reading blogs that have no interest in mystery/thrillers, Indie authors, looked poorly put together or just stated they weren't interested in anything, I managed to send off 3-5 researched emails a day requesting a chance. I got 2 responses. Two.

Now. I know of people who have had tons of success doing this completely on their own. After all, with thousands of blogs, you aught to have a fairly good chance of pulling together a few to sponsor a blog tour. Right? But I was having no luck. So I started looking at places that put together blog tours for you. And, like the variety of blogs, the types of tours they would put together were numerous. And pricey. Tours ranged from $25-$3000.00. At first I scoffed. $3000? Really? Even a few hundred seemed too much. After awhile though, I began to wonder. How much could I drop on a tour? Was I willing to? So I took a chance. GMTA Publishing sometimes performs services for writers not their own, like blog tours. I reached out to the owner, Kitty, and asked if she would mind taking me on and what her prices were. After speaking with her, I decided to try it.

Wow. That's all I can say. Within just a few hours, she had a Blog Tour page set up on her site and three bookings. THREE! In a few hours! Within two weeks Kitty had over 14 blog stops scheduled and I was both amazed and a little intimidated. After all, not only had I not expected such a quick response I was now faced with another dilemma. What was I supposed to do on a blog tour? Especially when most everyone I encountered kept asking me "What's a blog tour?"

So, for every stop she sent me, I began to reach out to each of the blog authors and ask "What do you want? What do you need? What do your readers want to see?" The responses varied, but everyone was wonderful in working with me. Some just wanted profile pics, bio, book cover and a blurb. Others wanted an article or a sneak peak at a few pages. Still others suggested articles on writing or stories on how Phantom Dreams got started. And they all were happy to include my book's social and buy links.

Now, almost near the end of my tour, I am glad I reached out and took a chance. I've learned so much about what it takes to have a successful blog tour and, maybe, next time I can actually do it on my own!

T. K. Harris



BLURB 

FBI Special Agent Jack Matthews finds himself on yet another serial killer case, having barely recovered from the last disastrous hunt. Still stiff from a gun shot wound in his leg, under investigation for a botched job, and having lost his fiancĂ©e when she walked out on him, Jack is beginning to wonder if it isn’t time to move on to something new. But, for Jack, these cases are personal and he can’t say no. 

Marketing specialist Kathy Gilliam leads a fairly boring life. If she’s not working or caring for her ailing father, then she is doing whatever it takes to avoid going anywhere near crowds of people. Her few distractions include her friend Margo Longfellow, occasional hiking trips, and her increasingly alarming dreams of women dying.

As her nightmares cause her to begin to doubt her sanity, the media releases news of the “Coast-to-Coast Killer” and Kathy discovers her dreams may be related. In a moment of panic, Kathy does something that places her on the FBI’s “persons of interest” list. Suddenly, her life is set on a collision course with Jack who must decide if Kathy is the killer or destined to become a victim.

AUTHOR BIO 
T.K. Harris was born in California and lived a gypsy sort of life traveling the world as a military brat. She has been writing since she was a child and as had several short stories published by various magazines, including one in Woman's World. She currently lives and works in Colorado as a Senior Solutions Architect and IT Instructor and has recently had her first novel, Phantom Dreams, published. She is looking forward to her next two books, already outlined and partially written. You can find out more at: http://www.tkharrisonline.com

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