No one ever tells you when you're offered a book deal quite how stressful arranging publicity and PR can be. My brain is mush at the moment as I try and sort out interviews, giveaways, competitions, articles and a launch party. I can't remember who I've promised what, or when. As a result I haven't edited a word of novel 2 this week and October is looking even busier. Then there's the day job and the sale of my flat to fit in too. Urrggggh.
Sorry to whinge (I know I'm very lucky to be in this position, I just feel a bit overwhelmed by how bloody much there is to do at the moment). Bear with me if I don't answer your email immediately or forget that you offered to help out by doing X or Y. Just give me a nudge if I have forgotten.
Anyway, back to the blog tour. Here's what's going to happen...
On 15 October I'm going to launch the details of a very special short story competition on this blog to celebrate the publication of my novel.
On 16th October (the day after publication) I'll be posting a link to the first person to host a leg of my virtual tour. On the same day they'll publish a post with either an interview or a guest blog from me. The day after that I'll be linking to the next person and so on.
A couple of people have already contacted me to ask for certain dates so I've added them below in red.
There are 27 different people hosting a leg of the tour so, in theory, you can pick a date from 16th October to 12th November (excluding the dates that have already gone). Ideally there should only be one 'leg' on each date but it doesn't really matter if a couple double up.
If you're hosting a leg of my tour please use the comments box to ask for the date you want.
Also - if you are going to be interviewing me please get your questions to me via email Calistrowriter@googlemail.com
If you could send them sooner rather than later that would be great so I spread out answering them between now and 16th October. If I'm writing a guest post please send me an email letting me know what you want me to write about - or just put 'up to you' in the email. That way I can get organised, put everything in one email folder and work through them all.
I'll try and keep up with the comments and update this post to show which dates have been taken.
Clear as mud? Great ;)
Here's the list of the tour legs again:
1. Chicklit reviews (http://chicklitreviews.com) - Berkshire & Tenerife - guest post - Friday 16 October (guest post written and sent)
2. Fia (http://fias-blog.blogspot.com/) - Berkshire/Hants border - guest post, Subbing to agents - Sat 17 October (guest post written and sent)
3. JJ (teastains) (http://tea-stains.blogspot.com/) - Thailand - interview - Sunday 18 October (questions received and answered)
4. Caroline Smailes (http://www.carolinesmailes.co.uk/blog/) - North-West England - Interview & giveaway - Monday 19 October (questions received and answered)
5. Strictly Writing (http://strictlywriting.blogspot.com/) - International - interview - Tuesday 20 October (questions received and answered)
6. Amanda (http://writingallsorts.blogspot.com/) - United Kingdom - Interview - Wednesday 21st October (questions received and answered)
7. Karen (http://writewritingwritten.blogspot.com/) - United Kingdom - Guest post: writing highlights of the last year - Thurs 22 October (guest post written and sent)
8. Helen MH (http://fictionisstrangerthanfact.blogspot.com) - United Kingdom - Interview with her cats! (+ Bookersatz review http://bookersatz.blogspot.com/) - Friday 23 October (questions received and answered)
9. Colette - (http://withinkfromthepinkpen.blogspot.com/) - North-East - guest post - how the reality compares to the dream - Saturday 24 October (guest post written and sent)
10. Helen (http://redders.typepad.com/simply_bake/) -United Kingdom - Cake chat! :) - Sun 25 October (questions received and answered)
11. Sally Quilford (http://sallyquilfordblog.co.uk/) - Chesterfield - interview & giveaway - Monday 26th October (questions received and answered)
12. Cassandra (http://camarshall.blogspot.com/) - United States - Informal interview - Sunday 27 October (questions received and answered)
13. Tom Conoboy (http://tomconoboy.blogspot.com/) - Yorkshire - the craft of writing - Wed 28 October (questions received and answered)
14. Captain Black (http://cloud-base.blogspot.com/) - Sutton - questions about writing process/ tools of the trade - Thurs 29 October (questions received and answered)
15. Five minutes Peace (http://www.keris.typepad.com/books/) - Wirral - Guest post: 5 favourite books - Fri 30 October (guest post written and sent)
16. L-Plate (http://lplateauthor.blogspot.com) - Stoke on Trent - one word interview - Sat 31 October (questions received and answered)
17. Cathy W (http://cwnotebook.blogspot.com/) - London - guest post on reward and motivation - Sun 1 November (guest post written and sent)
18. Queenie (http://qwertyqueen.blogspot.com/) - United Kingdom - Interview/questions - Mon 2 November (questions received and answered)
19. Kate Lord Brown (http://katelordbrown.blogspot.com/) - Hampshire - Guest blog post - Tues 3 November (guest post written and sent)
20. Womagwriter (http://womagwriter.blogspot.com/) - United Kingdom - Guest blog post/giveaway - background in short story writing - Wed 4 November (guest post written and sent)
21. SueG (http://sueguineyblog.blogspot.com) - London - Anam Cara, retreats and things in general - Thurs 5 November (questions received and answered)
22. Catherine Withnay (http://withenay.blogspot.com/) - ? - Interview - Friday 6 November (questions received and answered)
23. Kate Harrison (http://chicklitworkinprogress.blogspot.com/) - Barcelona - Guest blog post about post-deal experiences - Sat 7 November
24. Debs (http://debcarrs-daydreams.blogspot.com/) - United Kingdom - Review and book giveaway - Sun 8 November
25. DOT (http://westpierwords.blogspot.com) - Brighton- dinner party questions - Mon 9 November (questions received and answered)
p.s. To the editors of Novelicious, and Nik Perring - I think I promised to do something for you. Could you remind me what?!!
p.p.s. Cassandra (leg #12) is currently running a competition on her blog. It's an 'Ask the Author Anything' contest and I'm the author in question! If there's anything you've ever wanted to ask me (writing related. Keep it clean!) please pop over there and leave a comment and you could win a copy of New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen's "The Truth About Forever"
Here's the link to Cassandra's blog and the competition: