Monday, 30 September 2013

VBT Day 30: Writing Non Fiction

Today I'm guest blogging at about writing non fiction. In the post I take you through how I wrote Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From The Comfort of Your Own Home. Drop by and leave a comment with your take on non fiction books.

Screenshot from A Pius Man Blog

Read the book? Please consider giving it your vote in these lists on Goodreads:

Would be great to reach the #1 stop :)

Thanks again for your continued support. This book is a huge success and I'm very grateful to everyone for helping spread the word about it, taking the time to comment on my tour stops and leave reviews, and for giving it your vote. You are all amazing!

Sunday, 29 September 2013

VBT Days 28 and 29: Radio Replay, Features and Reviews

+Susie Caron has put together not one, but FOUR great posts for me on her blog. 

Screenshot from Susie Caron's Blog
In other news, Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home got another 5 star review on Amazon

"5.0 out of 5 stars
By Jenny
Format:Kindle Edition
I just read Jo Linsdell's book, Virtual Book Tours, and it couldn't have come at a better time for me. I've read lots of books aimed at helping writers market their books but this one stands out from all the rest. It's easy to understand and the information is useful, not just filler for a book. It will be my guide as I plan and set up my virtual book tours and I'm sure, because of this book, they will be a huge success. I will be buying the hard copy once it is available. Thank you Jo!"

It's also still in the best seller lists on Amazon. Currently ranked #93 in "Authorship".

On Friday I was hosted by +Gina Alzate on her radio show to chat about virtual book tours. If you missed the live event, you can listen in now by clicking the play button below.

Friday, 27 September 2013

VBT Day 27: Radio Interview and Wall Chat Recap

Today I'm going to be hosted by Gina Alzate for a radio interview at 10pm CET (that's 4pm EST) where we'll be discussing virtual book tours. I hope you'll tune in and invite you to post your questions about virtual book tours in the comment section on site. 

Miss yesterdays Facebook Wall Chat? Check it out here:

Thursday, 26 September 2013

VBT Day 26: Facebook Wall Chat with WWAAM

Today I'm hosted for a Wall Chat on the Where Writers and Authors Meet page on Facebook. We'll be chatting about virtual book tours and I'll be sharing loads of tips and advice. The chat will be taking place at at 5pm CET/11am EST. Everyone is welcome to post their own questions for me directly to the wall during the chat.

Hope to see you there :)

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

VBT Day 25: A very cool surprise and multiple tour stops

Something very cool happened today. I was looking around on Facebook and whilst scrolling down the Amazon KDP page I found this banner. They made me a banner. Little me! Even better they posted it to their page on my birthday. I wonder if that was planned? Either way, this is pretty cool. The reach this is getting is huge. I'll be happy dancing over this one for a while :)

screenshot of banner on Amazon KDP page

Today is also a busy day for tour stops. The fabulous +amy crowe has put together not one, but two, blog posts for me. One on her blog The Life and Times of AE Crowe and the other at her Hopeless Author blog. These posts are a bit different from the other features I've done because they're about me as opposed to my books. Check them out for some background information about yours truly.

Screenshot from The Life and Times of AE Crowe

Screenshot from Hopeless Author

Also today, I'm hosted by Sage Doyle at for a feature piece with a short excerpt from the book.

Screenshot from Sage Doyle blog

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

VBT Day 24: Best Seller in the Spotlight

Today I'm hosted by Beth Harar on her blog for a book spotlight and interview.

Screenshot from Beth's Bemusings
I'm happy dancing today and with good reason. Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home became an Amazon best seller on day 1 of this tour and it's still a best seller today. Currently ranking #82 in "Authorship". I'm thrilled with the success this book is having. A huge thanks goes out to my wonderful hosts for helping me spread the word and to all those wonderful people that are buying the book. You've all made me one very happy writer chick! :)

Screenshot of best seller list on Amazon

Want to help spread the word? Use these click to tweets:

Want to host me during the tour? 

Drop me an email and we can set up a date. I'm happy to do book spotlights, reviews, interviews, guest posts, social media chats... pretty much anything. Just let me know what you prefer and when you want to post it. Thanks for your support.

Monday, 23 September 2013

VBT Days 21, 22 and 23: Time off and Promoting a Virtual Book Tour

Days 21 and 22: 

I gave myself the weekend off. Some times it's a good idea to take a small break so you can recharge your batteries and, as this weekend proved, can help you focus and be better organised. You see the only tour-related task I did over the weekend was to take check of all the stops I've done so far and make notes about the content I need to send to upcoming hosts. During this little inventory I discovered that a stop had slipped past me. The stop in question was this interview I did for The Novel Corner about virtual book tours I'd had the host marked on my tour schedule for earlier in the month but we mixed up the blog url and so I had it down as a missed post when in fact it had been posted, just on a different blog. These things can happen. If a host fails to post try sending a follow up email. It might be they simply forgot. In this case, I visited the Facebook page of my host and checked through her recent posts. Most bloggers post the links to their articles on their timeline to promote them. This is where I found the correct link to my tour stop. I quickly apologized for not commenting on the post and sent her an email to so we were both clear on the mix up. So anyway, although things didn't go quite to plan it did prove as a good example of what to do when things don't go quite to plan ;)

Screenshot The Novel Corner

Day 23:

Today I'm hosted at for a guest post about promoting a virtual book tour.

Screenshot The Bookshelf Muse
Reminder: You can also follow the tour via the Facebook event page at

Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home is available at the discounted price of $2.99 until the end of the month (normal price $4.99)

Friday, 20 September 2013

VBT Day 20: Feeling the Love

Today I'm hosted at for an interview. I totally wasn't expecting the fabulous introduction that my host +Kathy Mashburn put together. Definitely feeling the love :) I'm so glad she reached out to me and loved collaborating with her. She's a real pleasure to work with. An experience we hope to repeat again soon.

Screenshot from My Writing Corner

I also found out today that Cassandra Webb, who hosted me for a guest post on her Writer Pro Newsletter earlier this months shared the article on her blog yesterday so if you missed my "10 Tips for Virtual Book Tour Success" the first time round check it out at

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Yesterday I did a live Twitter interview where I was asked some great questions about virtual book tours. The chat was a big success. I sold several copies of Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home towards the end of it and the book is now #82 in the best sellers list for "Authorship". For those of you that couldn't join in the live event, here's a summary of the highlights from the chat:

(use the scroll bar to see them all. All tweets are active and can be retweeted, replied to, and added to your favourites list by clicking the icons on the lower right of each tweet. You can also follow each of the profiles by clicking the follow button in the top right).

If you've read the book please take a minute to leave me a review at and/or Thanks for your support.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

VBT Day 19: Interview, Feature, and TweetChat

Why have one stop when you can have three! 

Today my tour has taken me to for an interview where we chat about my reading habits, favourite authors, and how I got started writing. You'll need to click on Blog- The Write To Read in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

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I was hosted at for a feature piece.

Screenshot from Bunny's Book Reviews
I'm also doing a live Twitter interview starting at 9:30pm CET where I'm going to be interviewed about virtual book tours by @1HazelNutt. To join in just use the hashtag #VBTChat or visit Hope to see you there.

In other news, Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home made it back into the best sellers lists again today. Thank you all for your continued support.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

VBT Days 14-18: Because life sometimes throws you a curve ball

Life happens and sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. On Saturday my two year old fell at the park and we ended up in hospital. A cut chin and trauma cranico. Pretty scary. All is back to normal now though and he's been given the all clear. Our stay in hospital did however mean that I'm a bit behind with my virtual book tour updates and all the other stuff I have going on. My tour carried on without me though so I can share with you all the posts and new updates now to bring us back up to speed.

Day 14:

'Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home'  got another awesome 5 star review posted to Amazon.

Day 15:

Day 16:

My birthday! A bit different this year given the circumstances but we did get to go home from the hospital and that was the best present I could have asked for. 

I was hosted for an interview at 

Day 17:

My guest post "10 Tips for Virtual Book Tour Success" was featured in the Writer pro newsletter 

Day 18:

Today I was hosted for a guest post about how to come up with guest post ideas at

Remember you can follow the tour on Facebook on the event page. You'll find all the tour stops and some extra tips and information. You can also find the tour schedule on my website.

Friday, 13 September 2013

VBT Day 13: Authors Supporting Authors

A big thank you to my host today for stepping in last minute. I was scheduled to do a radio interview today but the host needed to reschedule so +Ruthie Madison offered to feature Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home for a book spotlight on her blog. Check out the great post she put together at

Screenshot from the blog
I'm honoured to have supportive authors like Ruthie in my network. It's people like her, who step up to support other authors, that motivate me to do as much as I can to help fellow writers.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

VBT Day 12: Virtual Book Tours in the Spotlight

Today Where Writers and Authors Meet spotlights Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Screenshot of spotlight
They've even put in some click to tweets to make sharing super easy :)

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

VBT Day 11: Interview at the Writer's Sanctuary

Today I'm hosted on the site of +Dellani Oakes, called Writer's Sanctuary for an interview. Dellani asked some great questions about Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home, virtual book tours, my cover design, why I choose KDP, and finding the time for writing and marketing.

Screenshot of Writer's Sanctuary
I hope you'll drop by and leave me a comment. What do you consider when designing your book covers? How do you find the time to do everything? Are you a self publisher? I'd love to know.

VBT Day 10: Why Online Marketing is important for Authors

Today I'm hosted by Lori Culwell at where I cover why online marketing is important for authors. I hope you'll drop by and encourage you to leave a comment. is a great website packed full of useful and interesting posts on a variety of topics related to book promotion. You'll want to spend some time reading through the archives and I also recommend subscribing so you don't miss out on the new stuff. You'll be glad you did.

Monday, 9 September 2013

VBT Day 9: Book Blast

Today I'm doing a book blast where you can enter to win a guidance session with yours truly. I'll help one lucky winner plan their next virtual book tour. 

What we'll cover in your session:
  • Break down of you tour goals
  • Valuation of your strengths and weaknesses
  • Outline of the types of stops you'll include
  • Brainstorming of possible guest post topics
  • Identifying possible host sites.
  • Your tour schedule.

To enter just use the rafflecopter below. The more you share, the higher your chances of winning.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

VBT Day 8: Top 3 Tips for Implementing a Successful Virtual Book Tour and more

Today my tour takes me to the Creative Idea Gal blog of Amanda Socci where she interviews me about virtual book tours. Amanda gives an amazing introduction before we go on to talk about my experience with virtual book tours, why I think they are a valid marketing tool, and the process of publishing this book. I also share my top 3 tips for implementing a successful virtual book tour.

Screenshot of Creative Idea Gal blog
I'm also happy to share that Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home has received another 5 star review on Amazon.

Screenshot of reviews on Amazon product page

Tomorrow is the book blast for Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home where one lucky winner will win a guidance session with me where I'll you help plan your next virtual book tour.

To enter all you need to do is use the rafflecopter widget at to help spread the word about the book. The more you share, the higher your chances of winning :)

Saturday, 7 September 2013

VBT Day 7: Reviews and the Authors Tool Box

Today I have a few posts to share with you. Firstly Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home has received an awesome review by Helen Doherty on 

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It's also been featured in the Author's ToolBox feature at I'm especially honoured as they usually don't include tools you need to buy.

Screenshot from the Author's ToolBox
In other news, it's now reached #73 in the best sellers list for "Authorship".

Screenshot #73 in Authorship

Today is the last day you can get it at the super discounted price of $0.99/£0.77/€0.89.
Get your copy now at before the price goes up!

Tomorrow is the last day of the review campaign too so make sure you post your review to Amazon and then drop me an email with the link so I can send you your bonus packs. See for full details.

Friday, 6 September 2013

VBT Day 6: Social Media Shout Outs and Reviews

I took a short break due to some personal issues but the tour has gone on full steam without me. Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home is now a best seller in the "Authorship" category.

screenshot #95 in Authorship

It's also received two 5 star reviews and word of mouth is starting to spread via social media now too. Here's an example of one of the posts on Facebook:

Post by Virginia Lori Jennings-Author.

Remember, Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home is on sale at just $0.99 until 8th September

Get your copy now

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

VBT Day 3: Join the Review Campaign

Just a reminder that everyone who leaves a review on Amazon this week for Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home can join the review campaign and get their hands on some free bonus materials including some guest articles by some of my fabulous author buddies.

Karina Fabian

Kathy Mashburn

Gina Alzate
Full details can be found on my website at

In other exciting news, Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home made it to #79 in the Amazon best sellers list for "web 2.0" yesterday.

best seller #79 screenshot

Also happy to see it's overall rank in paid kindle sales go from #146,645 on 31st August to #59,056. A nice jump especially with a free day in the middle. Thanks to everyone for your continued support.

Monday, 2 September 2013

VBT Day 2: Marketing Lessons and Best Seller Lists

Today my virtual book tour takes me to the blog of +Karina Fabian for a guest post where I talk about my toughest marketing lesson. There's also an excerpt from chapter 1 of the book. Drop by and leave me a comment with your toughest marketing lesson.

Screenshot from FabianSpace
In other news, as you know yesterday Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home was available as a free kindle download from Amazon to mark the official launch of the book and to start off the tour.

I'm pleased to be able to announce that it reached a best seller rank of #4 in the "marketing" category AND got it's first 5 star review. Thank you to all of you that grabbed a copy for your support.

Screenshot of #4 best seller ranking on Amazon

If you didn't get a copy yesterday, you'll be happy to know that it'll be available for the reduced price of just $0.99 for the rest of this week as I have a review campaign running. For full details about how to join the review campaign and get your hands on some bonus materials visit 

Sunday, 1 September 2013

VBT Day 1: Free copy and more

Today is the official launch of my new book Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home and to celebrate I've giving it away for free on Amazon today. Get your copy here

As I was so excited about the release of this book I actually started the tour a bit early with two interviews (one video and one written). Check them out here:

You can follow the tour directly on my website or on the Facebook event page I set up for it. I'll be sharing the stops but also some extra tips and advice along the way too. Join the tour page here 

I've got lots of stuff planned for this tour that you won't want to miss. Started today, through to 8th September, you can get your hands on a bonus pack with worksheets and articles to help your marketing efforts just by posting your review of the book to Amazon. Find out more about the review campaign here.

On 9th September I'll be doing a book blast where one lucky winner will have the chance to do a guidance session with yours truly where I'll help you plan your next virtual book tour. To enter all you need to do is post about my book on 9th September and submit the links to your posts into the rafflecopter on my website tour page. The winner will be selected at random by rafflecopter. The more you help spread the word, the higher your chances of winning.

Exciting news!

It's already made it to (joint) #14 in the Goodreads list of Book to Help You Develop Your Author Platform. Add your vote here and help it get to the #1 spot

oh and don't forget to add it to your bookshelves and post a review too

Thanks for all your support. I look forward to connecting with you all more during the tour and helping you with your own virtual book tours.

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