First Week Retrospective

The first week of the Spring 2012 Magic Appreciation Tour has drawn to a close, and our authors are busy publishing their first blog post exchanges.

Here at MA Tour headquarters, I sent out 13 notifications to authors who submitted a Post Exchange offer. Some of you are getting used to seeing the subject line, “Post Exchange Notice: You’ve been paired!” in your email in-box.

We can always use more exchanges though. I have two authors who need partners for more exchanges, so don’t be shy about signing up. Just visit the Post Exchange page and submit your offer.

This Week’s Posts

Some of the exchanges have already been completed. Check out what your our authors have been up to:

  • Review: Vaetra Unveiled by Christopher Kellen
    Okay, so this one technically preceded the start of the tour, but since we are both met on the tour, I decided to include it. Besides, its about my book!
  • Interview with Fantasy Author Christopher Kellen by Daniel R. Marvello
    I asked fellow author Christopher Kellen five interview questions and got excellent, in-depth responses from Chris. Come check it out and see how I discovered how much we have in common.
  • Win a Copy of Urchin King by Roger Eschbacher
    Roger is giving away a copy of Urchin King by Katharina Gerlach on his blog. This contest ends on March 21, so get over there and leave your comment!
  • Author Spotlight: Roger Eschbacher by Katharina Gerlach
    Katharina interviews Roger on the Independent Bookworm blog. Learn how NaNoWriMo helped Roger start his novel Dragonfriend.
  • Interview with Mysti Parker by Will Hahn
    Will interviews Mysti–also on the Independent Bookworm blog.  Enjoy Will’s amusing interview style as he finds out which heart-throb actor was an inspiration for Mysti’s book A Ranger’s Tale.

I’m sure more posts are coming, since we still have 9 pairings out there in the wind.

Ditching the MailChimp Email List

Authors who signed up for the tour in the past were automatically added to an author news email list that I was managing with MailChimp. Well, I decided I’m not going to continue that list. Even though registering for the tour gave me permission to add authors to that list, I’m just not comfortable with what is effectively an opt-out strategy. Besides, setting up emails in MailChimp is a pain in the sword arm.

Instead, this blog is now the official source of news about the Magic Appreciation Tour. If you want email notifications, you can get them by subscribing (yay, opt IN) using the “Follow via Email” form in the top right corner of every page. That form lets you subscribe using the built-in WordPress subscription service, which has robust options and gives you complete control over your subscription.

The shine on the dagger is that everyone, not just participating authors, can find out what’s going on with the MA Tour through this blog.

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2 responses to “First Week Retrospective

  1. I like the blog-news strategy. Makes it easier not only to share with the authors, but with everyone else as well!

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