Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People

I’m a member of the Author Toolbox Blog Hop.  What is it?  A chance for authors at any stage in their career to connect by providing helpful posts related to all things writing.  The Hop occurs once a month, with the exception of November and December.  My post for May 2020 is book blog tours for romance writers, so read on…

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Before I get started, my biggest apologies for not truly participating in the April hop.  So much happened on the personal front regarding one of my fur babies.  However, I did get my post up since I schedule my blog posts a good two to three weeks ahead of time.  Again, my apologies for not replying to your comments or participating at your blogs.  That week was rough.

Anyhoo, without further ado…

When my first book was published in July of 2018, I had no clue how to get my name and novel out there to generate interest.  Yes, I had my web site up, my blog going full-steam, a twitter account, a Facebook page, but that wasn’t enough.

So I began hitting up different romance blog sites, asking if I could guest at their home on the web.  This was a lot of work.  Some I had great results with, at others I bombed.

By chance, I came across a book blog tour site.  I submitted my information to Gay Book Promotions, and the owner, Lily G. Blunt, took care of the rest.  To this date, Blessed, book one in the Matawapit Family Series, continues to be my best-selling book out of the four novels and four short stories I’ve published.  It also has the most reviews.

Finding the right book blog tour company is important.  Since Blessed is a m/m, multicultural, inspirational, contemporary romance, Lily’s blog tour hosts were already big fans of LGBTQ+ romance, and so were the readers who patronize the blog tour host sites.

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When my second book in the series was released, I couldn’t use Gay Book Promotions, because Redeemed was a m/f contemporary romance.  I was already a tour host for Silver Dagger Book Tours by then, so it was simply a matter of contacting the owner Maia Gomez.  Just like my first book blog tour, Maia set up everything.  All I had to do was provide the content.

I find tours are important for getting my name out there, and my books.  I used Silver Dagger Book Tours for my other two series titles:  Sanctified and Renewed.  Currently, I’m on tour right now, promoting my four short stories, which works great with the May book sale my publisher has going on right now.

Will I use the same book blog tour company, again, for future books?  I’m debating about this, because the patrons of Silver Dagger Book Tours are now quite familiar with me, so I’ve been researching other blog tour companies.

Here is a list of tour companies that I’ve researched, and some are those I’m a tour host for:

Gay Book Promotions:  Lily G. Blunt specializes in LGBTQ+ fiction (not just romance).  Her prices are very reasonable I found.  She’s excellent to work with as a tour host and as an author, because Lily is an author of LGBTQ+ fiction, herself.

Gay Book Promotions

Silver Dagger Book Tours:  Maia specializes in all genres for fiction and non-fiction.  She does excellent work and is always in direct communication with the author.  Furthermore, she doesn’t do the standard 3 days, 5 days, 7 days that most blog tour promotion companies allow.  She encourages one-month blog tours with two stops a day at each blog hosting site.  Because she also wants to be as affordable as possible, she works only on tips.  Yes, tips.  You pay her what you feel is a reasonable price.

Silver Dagger

YA Bound Book Tours:  This site comes highly recommended by various bloggers who’ve also done their research on book blog tour companies.  I contacted the owner Sara about a potential tour for my upcoming YA LGBT series that is set to release this summer.  Her prices are affordable and she has tons of tour host bloggers on hand.

YA Bound Book Tours

Xpresso Book Tours:  I’m a tour host for this company owned by Giselle Cormier.  I’ve also used Giselle’s services in the past, because she offers another service with “reviews only” through Net Galley.  She is also very careful about selecting tour hosts if you book a tour (not a blitz).  She ensures the maximum fit between the author’s book and the tour hosts’ readership.

Expresso Book Tours

Enticing Journey Book Promotion:  I find this place very successful for those who write contemporary and historical romance.  They have affordable prices and the staff are excellent.  I haven’t ever worked with them, but they have a great reputation.

Enticing Book Tours

Ardent Prose:  I did host a few book tours for this company.  They are very professional and work with a lot of bestselling authors.  I am not familiar with their prices, so you do have to inquire if you’re interested in finding out more about them.

Ardent Prose

Rockstar Book Tours:  This is another place I’ve been researching for future book tours.  Since I’m trying to widen my readership, I’ve been poking around at their site.  Their costs run the same as most book blog tour companies.  They are also very selective about new authors they take on, because their goal is to ensure they have a maximum fit between the author and their blog tour hosts.

Rockstar Book Tours

That’s it.  If you’ve worked with a book blog tour company in the past, please share what your experience was like.  And if you have any other book blog tour companies to add, please do so.

24 thoughts on “Book Blog Tours for Romance Writers – #AuthorToolBoxBlogHop

  1. Meka James says:

    I’ve used Enticing Journey. They were good to work with. I’ve had friends use Xpresso. That one is especially good because they can get you on NetGalley for way cheaper. Trying to find the right fit for a tour company isn’t easy. I’ve also used HEA PR http://heapr.blogspot.com/ Lydia is amazing to work with.

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  2. Ronel Janse van Vuuren says:

    Interesting. I haven’t used tour companies before, doing mine DIY, but maybe it’s time to pay to have someone else to the leg work 🙂

    Ronel catching up for May Author Toolbox day Writing Characters: A Case Study

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    1. Hi Rhona, thanks for stopping by. Glad the post helped.

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  3. I’m so sorry to hear about your fur baby. I completely understand. This is quite the list. I’ve bookmarked and will share. Thanks, Maggie!

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    1. Glad the post helped. 🙂

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  4. emaginette says:

    Thanks for sharing. Let’s hope all your tours are a success. 🙂

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  5. JJ Burry says:

    I don’t think I completely understand what a book blog tour is, but this sounds intriguing!

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    1. It’s just a tour you do at different blogs promoting your newest release or a previous release.

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      1. JJ Burry says:

        That’s awesome!

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  6. Jay Artale says:

    I’ve done an independent blog tour years ago, and I remember it being a lot of work – which is probably why I’ve never done another one. It was a lot of coordination, so I can understand why you’d rope in additional help to get it sorted.

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    1. Yes, it’s tons of work. I find paying someone to do the work is easier for me.

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  7. charityrau says:

    Great info! I have been considering setting aside the funds to use a blog tour company to help spread the word about my upcoming release. It seems like it’s been successful for you, so I think I’m going to have to go this route. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome. Glad you found it useful.

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  8. Erika Beebe says:

    I have worked with a book tour company and I really liked it. I think any publicity or attention a book can get is great.

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    1. Yes, it helps a lot. TY for stopping by. 🙂

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  9. dsdehel says:

    Great list, Maggie. Thanks for putting this together. I hadn’t;t thought that one company’s readers might become too familiar with me. That’s a great point, I’ll be checking out these others.

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    1. Yeah, I wanna use a different company next time. I’ll see how it works.

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  10. I’ve stopped doing blog tours for my romance novels. I find the cost disproportionate to what I get out of them. Instead, I use ARC review services (like Hidden Gems) and do Facebook and Amazon advertising. I also throw in some paid newsletter services (eg Fussy Librarian and the like) during the first week. I look forward to reading about your experiences.

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    1. I never heard of Hidden Gems. Thanks for mentioning them. I’ll be sure to check them out. I’ll also check out the Fussy Librarian. I’m always on the lookout for what works and what doesn’t.

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  11. Great list of resources, bookmarking for when I finish my book 🙂

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    1. TY! Glad to be of help.

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  12. This is FANTASTIC information! Thank you for also sharing the links and such. Much appreciated. I think with my second book I need to do a better job of getting my name out there so this was so educational and so helpful. Thank you Maggie!

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    1. You’re welcome, Carmen. Glad to be of help!

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