A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to stumble across a new website called Authors Supporting Authors. The title is pretty self explanatory ~ authors meet and share experiences, offer tips, etc. You get the gist. What makes this site extra special is web master, Brandi Drury. I believe this website started around the middle of March (the Ides of March maybe?), and it has already grown to 70 members. Considering the vast multitude of writer websites already out there, this is a pretty good feat. But Brandi took it a step further. Free of charge, she put together a virtual book tour to all members interested. For those unfamiliar, a book tour is where an author is a guest at different blog sites to plug their book(s) either by inteview or guest blogging. There’s more to it than that, but in a nutshell, that’s what it is ~ a great way to get your name and your books out to the internet public. I can only imagine the work involved planning one of these. I don’t know how many authors Brandi organized, but I’m guessing it’s well over twenty. That also means finding a number of host bloggers willing to share their site, and then coordinating. Yikes! I get a headache just thinking about it. But from April 21 to June 25, I’ll be visiting 17 different sites. Just click on Virtual Tour Schedule under Pages on my website to find out where. I hope you can make it to some, if not all – but especially on blogtalk radio on June 7. Call in, say hi, and ask questions. Anyway, Brandi, from myself, and I’m guessing from every author you set up to go on tour, a very heartfelt and huge THANK YOU!
And while I’m doling out thank-yous – Thank you to H.L. Montgomery for all the help on getting “Edging Past Reality” on Smashwords. That means that EPR is now also available as an Ebook.
This month I am moderating the Minneapolis Writers’ Workshop meetings. The past few weeks we have had tremendous turnouts. After a couple weeks of me in the front chair, I’m guessing attendance will be down dramatically. But for those interested, this Wednesday is open read. Even if you’re not a member, feel free to bring a few pages of your work and get an excellent critique.
May 15 is quickly approaching. For anyone interested, there’s still time to enroll in the Rochester (MN) Writers’ Festival. And if you do, sign up for my workshop “Tapping into the Subconscious.” It runs from 8:30 to 10am, but if that’s too early for you, I’ll be repeating it at 2:15 in the pm.
That’s pretty much it for me. Until next time ~ keep writing.