Blog Tours, Teasing and More

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Yesterday, I completely revamped the blog’s home page, which is listed as What It’s All About.  This reflects some changes in circumstances.  There’s nothing staggeringly revolutionary about its content, as it mainly indicates what the blog is all about (if you hadn’t guessed).   The significant change is that, sadly, there is no longer any intimation that there will be, or is, an entity known as either Imagineer ebooks or Imagineer Books, in publishing terms.

Blog Tours: Why No More?

I’ve been watching numerous blogs about reading and writing, and some other things, and one thing has begun to be an annoyance: the Blog Tour!  Every day, a considerable number of blogs I liked enough to follow all have the same on them!  The reason why is quite simple.  Seeking to provide a service to others,and perhaps hoping to acquire more readers, they have joined blog tours.  I’m sorry, but it’s killing the blogs!  What used to be a very rich tapestry of very different posts has become a round of ‘more of the same’.  I know that we all have times when coming up with new posts is difficult, if not impossible, but I’ve reached the conclusion that I’d rather not post anything, if that’s the case!  I don’t want Imagineer-ing to become just another stop on the tour, especially as many of them now seem to have so many subscribers, there’s a significant degree of duplication on each day.  It was bad enough seeing the same thing each day, even if it had changed location!

In fact, the way blog tours are being carried out – the sheer volume of them – smacks of the hard selling tactics I’ve already stated I detest!  I’m not convinced that this helps sell books.  In fact, I have to wonder if it actually works against sales.  I know that few people visit as many book blogs as I do, and that each blog usually has its own portion of unique-to-them readers, but there’s something that’s not being noticed here.  Twitter, Facebook and probably other social networks are receiving messages about what these blogs are offering each day – and so we get another kind of mass duplication!  Wave after wave of posts/status updates/tweets/etc pour out to assault the accounts of folk who simply want some idea of what’s new and noteworthy in the book word!  Instead, they get assaulted by the same thing from all over.

So, I’ll not be accepting offers of blog tours, or applying to join in with them, or putting any of my books on them.

Tease Time!

My novelette, Part 1 of G1: The Guardians, Shade of Evil, will be rereleased very shortly.  Not only does it contain corrections to a few errors, it also has some important amendments to the characters.  Not only that, it has a brand new cover!  Obviously, this 2nd Edition will be appearing in both ebook and paperback formats.

In addition, Part 4 of the series is just around the corner!  It has been edited and necessary changes have been made to the manuscript.  Of great excitement to me, personally, however, is that it now has a cover!  Again, this will be released both as an ebook and a paperback.  Naturally, being a novel rather than a novelette or novella, I’m afraid that the price will reflect that fact, but then it has taken a great deal more work than any of the others in the series!  The release date is set to… [drum roll, please…] 10th September.  Mark it in your diary!

I will do a Cover Reveal for each book at the appropriate time!

While I’m talking about this series, I’m delighted to say that I’ve had a wonderful 5 star review of The Sigil of Ahriman (Part 3)!  I’ve also received a delightful 5 star review of my horror short story, In Night’s Shadows.  I’d like to thank both reviewers for their kindness and generosity!

~ Steve

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About Steve

An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

6 thoughts on “Blog Tours, Teasing and More

  1. I agree about blog tours Steve, I tried one recently and have agreed to do one more late in September, but I wasn’t happy with the way they came one after another on different blogs each time for 10 days, so I won’t be doing any more after that.

    Reblogs of the occasional interesting and relevant article is one thing, continual assault of the same post over a slew of blogs is another.

    My other areas, like FB, etc, are for the sole purpose of spreading publicity for the authors featured in my articles, to people who otherwise don’t visit my blog – again, I can’t say I’m happy with it, but if it helps an author sell their hard work, then it’s worth it 🙂

    Looking forward to reading the new book 🙂

    • Thanks Chris 🙂 It’s good to know I’m not the only one 😉 As you say, the occasional reblog of something important or particularly amusing, is one thing, but blanketing blogs is another!

      FB and Twitter are always problematical, but I think they tend to be more acceptable places for such things as the messages tend to be much briefer 😉

      Thanks 🙂 Fingers crossed all goes well 😉

  2. Like you, Steve, blog tours give me the cold shivers. Lots of friends have done them and I have left a comment on one of the stops, but only out of solidarity. I wouldn’t have looked at those particular blogs otherwise and will never do so again. They tend to be like billboards, either book promotion advertising or paying advertising. I won’t be participating in any—if they have the same turn-off efect for other people that they do for me, I don’t see the point.
    Good news about your books.

    • Thanks Jane 🙂 That makes at least three of us see blog tours as being contrary to their aims 😉 And yes, I can;t abode blogs that are nothing more than billboards – there are other places I can go to read a bunch of classified ads 😀

      Thank you 🙂 I’m rather excited! LOL

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