Thursday, October 31, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
I am so excited to announce the newest member to the Sparkle Team. Author Karen Swart, both published and self-published, have joined Sparkle as co-owner/partner.
Her main focus will be on our Author Services Section. As an author she knows how important your book is and how much work goes into creating that masterpiece. With her “author touch” she will be introducing some exciting new packages to the section.
Karen lives in a small town in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. She shares her live with her husband, two sons and daughter. If she isn't reading she is writing.
Her preferred genres are Paranormal and Urban fantasy. Karen specializes in payroll and HRIS systems analysis and development. At the age of 21 Karen's professional success reached it highest platform, an outstanding achievement at such a young age.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
We are now scheduling a 3 day release blitz for Another Shot At Love by Niecey Roy from 3 to 5 November. This is a New Adult Romantic Comedy. Post does not have to be top spot and an easy html will be available for easy posting. We would like to thank all in advance for singing up.
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Sunday, October 20, 2013
We would like to thank al our host for making this tour absolutely amazing!
Saturday, October 19, 2013
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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Oct. 17. 2013 Product & Service Reviews no comments
Janine Fourie is the founder of Sparkle Book Tours who describes her business like this: “Sparkle Book Tours offers authors affordable virtual blog tours that will suit your budget and reach new readers.” Intrigued, we reached out to Janine to learn more about the phenomenon of blog book tours.
Hi Janine, thanks for taking the time to do this interview. We’re looking to help our author community with the questions that they may have when it comes to blog tours. Some of our questions may seem very basic but the goal here is to really get at the heart of this business. So our first question is … what exactly is a blog tour?
Thanks for having me here, I’m so excited to share with all of you.
In today’s world the Internet has become a major asset to any business. With no boundaries, businesses are able to reach over borders and get new clients. This is the same for authors. Authors now have the opportunity to extend their current reach and attract more readers all over the world. But this is not as easy as it sounds, it takes a lot of time to market on the Internet and authors merely reach about 5 % of the audience available.
This is where virtual book tours come in. Rather than just signing paperbacks at your local book store, authors can now travel across borders and reach international fans right from their home. A virtual blog tour offers the author the opportunity to visit various book blogs and promote them and their books.
What are the benefits for the author in participating in a blog tour?
Virtual book tours have become a great marketing tool for authors. Not only is the author promoting their books and themselves on various book blogs, but engaging with readers as well. In the past, they may not have had the time to share a little more about themselves or their books with fans. But now they can. With blog stops like interviews, top ten’s and many more, authors are sharing much more than just their books. They are marketing both their book and themselves. It’s a great opportunity for interaction between bloggers, authors and their readers and an amazing experience for any author.
What’s in it for the blog tour host (i.e. the bloggers who host these tours)?
For tour hosts they have two benefits:
1 – Exciting content to share with their own followers
2- More traffic directed to their blogs and getting more followers.
How does the reader benefit when she visits a blog hosting a blog tour?
With so many books released each month, it can become overwhelming for a reader to find their next read. They usually rely on reviews and word of mouth to get their next read. But with a virtual blog tour the author now has the opportunity to offer readers sneak peeks, character interviews and a lot more.
And when a giveaway is added in, the reader also has a chance to get something special from the author.
How can an author track the efficacy of a blog tour (click-through rate, impressions, purchases etc.)?
Authors can track the success of a blog tour with book sales, as the tour is conducted authors can log in to their selling platforms and view their sales. Authors will also find that some of their own platforms starts gaining new followers. So the next time the author has an announcement, more readers will have joined their sites and news can be shared more effectively.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
We are now scheduling a two week blog tour for Chasing Flames by Emily Fogle from Nov 11 to Nov 24. This is a YA Paranormal novel. Post does not have to be top spot and an easy html will be available for spotlight stops.
Posts for sign up is:
There will be a rafflecopter giveaway that will increase our host's facebook page fans. We would like to thank all in advance for signing up. Author Pages are welcome to sign up as well.
We are now scheduling blog stops for a 3 Day Release Blast of Chasing Flames by Emily Fogle from Oct 31 to Nov 2nd. Post does not have to be top spot and an easy html will be available. We would like to thank all in advance for signing up.
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Emily Fogle was born and raised in Southern California. Her dream and ultimate goal was to get her Masters degree in English and become a teacher with enough time to write, as well. However, she soon found out that the best dreams often come true when they aren’t planned. Instead of fulfilling her teaching goal, real life took over and she married the man of her dreams. She now has an amazing 7 year old son and another beautiful baby boy on the way.
She dedicates the majority of her time taking care of her family, volunteering at her son’s school, and being a Cub Scout Den leader. And though she loves every minute of it, the thought of being a writer still tugs at her heart. So, after the busy days are done and everyone is finally sleeping quietly, she squeezes in time for all the other loves in her life: the characters running wild inside her head.
Now, incredibly, her writing dream is also coming true. Her first novel, Dragon Wars, is being published by Anchor Group. Emily feels sincerely blessed to have been given so much in life and can’t wait to start the next chapter.