Status: Drafting the fourth book in the PERILOUS series!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Get that Blog Tour Organized!

Wow, can you believe today is the last day of the month? And I have failed to get my blog tour completely organized.

I could come up with a lot of very credible excuses...but the bottom line is, I simply haven't organized my time well enough.

Or my information, and that has caused a lot of backtracking. So, let me share with you what I would do if I were starting over.

1) Make a spreadsheet. This is truly the most important part. On this spreadsheet, make a list of all the blogs that you want to ask to participate in your blog tour. Then have the following columns (Not necessarily in this order):
blog address
date of blog tour

This makes it really easy to find your people and know when you're doing what.

I found it also helpful to have a

2) Calendar. On this calendar I've included the name and blog address for each person participating in my tour. I wish I'd also included the emails so I don't have to constantly go back to my spreadsheet, but I didn't. You can be smarter than me.

Bottom line is, everything involved with getting published requires lots of ORGANIZATION. I'll be more prepared with the next book.


Jemi Fraser said...

Great advice Tamara :)

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Ooo, this is excellent advice. Whenever I get to this point I'm totally going to make a spreadsheet just like you said. Thanks! :)

Jen said...

Looks like it's quite the learning process, but I know you've got it!!! You're a smart cookie!!!

*preparing future spreadsheet*

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I just stumbled upon your blog, and just wanted to tell you that your book sounds fantastic! I will definitely be reading it! :) Congrats on the release in October! That is awesome!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Hi Chantele! Thanks for stopping by!

LOL, Jen. We like to think I'm smart, huh.

Definitely make the spreadsheet, Shannon. Makes everything so much easier.

KarenG said...

Wow Tamara, you are an inspiration!

KarenG said...

Hey I just noticed your goodreads icon. How did you get this? I want one. Also, I added Perilous how come I'm not on there? Maybe you have to add from your blog?

RaShelle said...

Hey Tamara - I don't know why, but spreadsheets scare the crap out of me. I've got to get over that. Eep. =D Remember I'm available.

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

Can't wait to be a part of it! You go girl!

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I didn't know about the spreadsheet. And my blog tour started TODAY!!! I'll keep my fingers crossed that everything works without it. Next time...spreadsheet city. ;0)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

RaShelle, did we not ever arrange something? I'll be in touch.

DL Hammons said...

I think my whole life is laid on a spreadsheet. I couldn't live without them...blog tour or not. :)

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