My blog tour starts tomorrow! I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I’ve never done the “blog tour thing” before. I’ve written four guest posts for the tour plus another one for the JMS Books blog, and answered quite a darned few interview questions for three different interview posts. Also scheduled are three spotlight posts, eight exclusive excerpt posts, and seven reviews.
There’ll be a few more (at least 6) reviews outside of the tour as well. There’s a giveaway (Rafflecopter) attached to the tour, so be sure to follow it around to boost your chances at winning signed copies of both ’Til Death Do Us Part and To Love and To Cherish along with an Amazon gift card! I’ll post each day letting you know where the tour stops are. Weekends are off, and so are November 22nd and 23rd since I expect to become a grandmother (again) on the 22nd and will be out of town.
So…”excited” and “nervous.” Why and why? Excited because I had so much fun writing this novel. I truly love the story and hope readers will too. Nervous because I’m a worry-wart. Will my guest blog posts measure up? Will reviewers like this book?
I imagine I’m not the only one that ends up on pins and needles waiting for reviews of their babies to come in. I’m experienced enough to know that they will vary, and that’s okay. I look at the reviews of books I adored and wonder what the hell some people read when they gave it a low rating. Likewise, I can’t fathom the high ratings I find on many that end up in my own DNF pile. A quote I’ve come across by Edmund Wilson states: “No two persons ever read the same book.”
That’s a fact and a half. So I expect a variety of opinions on my own writing, and I try not to obsess over negative ones. It helps if the favorable ones hit first (fingers crossed).
How much do the reviews you read influence your buying habits? Do you put more stock into your own judgment based on the excerpts and blurb? How much does the cover impact your decision? Are you swayed by seeing multiple blog tour posts come across your feeds, keeping the book in question in your focus?