Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Summer 2012 Tour Is Here!

by Daniel R. Marvello

Tomorrow, June 1, is the first day of the Summer 2012 Magic Appreciation Tour! All magical fantasy authors are invited to join us for a fun time of blog post exchanges and social networking. The author tour runs from June 1 to June 30.

I had hoped to get more automation features in place before the start of the summer tour, but designing the new features took longer than expected.  The summer tour will run a lot like the spring tour with a few changes:

  • Authors are no longer limited to listing 3 books on the site. You are welcome to register as many magical fantasy books as you have written!
  • Book reviews are no longer part of the Post Exchange.
  • This tour includes a writing challenge that I’ll reveal next week. Participation is totally optional, of course, but I hope our authors will welcome the opportunity to strut their stuff.

Registering for the Summer Tour

If you have not yet registered a book for the Magic Appreciation Tour, visit our registration page and sign up right now. It’s free!

Register for the Magic Appreciation Tour

Keep in mind that you can register your books to be listed on the MA Tour site at any time, whether or not an author tour is actively running. However, we only run the Post Exchange during the author tours.

If you are already a Magic Appreciation Tour author, you don’t have to do anything to register for the summer tour. You can go ahead and submit your Post Exchange requests right now.

Participating in the Tour

Once you are registered, use the Post Exchange to trade posts with other MA Tour authors:

Submit a Post Exchange Request

You can submit exchange requests from now through the end of June. It’s fine if some of the exchanged blog posts actually get published after June 30.

Tweet your blog posts and the posts of your fellow MA Tour authors using the #matour hash tag. You are welcome to follow me at @DanielRMarvello, and feel free to follow the other authors on the tour as well.

Don’t forget to get out and network! When you see a link to a post, go on over for a visit and leave a comment. We all appreciate a little Inter-networking!

Staying in Touch During the Tour

I encourage you to follow this blog via email or RSS so you get the latest information on what’s going on with the tour. In the side-bar of this page, you can use the Follow via Email form to sign up for email notifications (you can opt out at any time.) Lower down, you’ll find a “Meta” section that includes an Entries RSS link for the RSS feed.

During the tour, you’ll get a weekly retrospective that tells you what our authors have been up to. Between tours, you’ll get information about the next tour and the latest news on what’s going on with the MA Tour site.

Giving Feedback

I welcome your comments and suggestions. The best way to get in touch with me is through the MA Tour contact page, which goes directly to my email inbox.

Have fun on the tour! I look forward to touring with you.

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The Summer 2012 Tour Approaches

by Daniel R. Marvello

The Summer 2012 Magic Appreciation Tour is only a few weeks away! The tour runs from June 1 to June 30. If you want to join our authors for the summer tour, be sure to register your magical fantasy books at the Magic Appreciation Tour web site. (If you are already registered, you don’t need to do at thing!)

The summer tour will work a little differently from the spring tour, but before I get into that, I have a couple of announcements to share.

New Books on Tour

Two new authors have joined the tour since my last post. Please welcome them when you get the chance:

  • The Five Elements by Scott Marlowe
    The Five Elements is the story of Aaron—scholar, alchemist, and sorcerer’s apprentice—and his closest friend Shanna. Their destiny tears them apart and then draws them back together into a final confrontation–as adversaries instead of allies.
  • The Dreables by RA Jones
    The Dreables is the story of Sam Jones, a boy who must use all of his cunning when his Gran goes to help her old village and unexpectedly falls victim to a shapeshifter’s trick.

Self-Publishers Online Conference Next Week!

Before I say anything about this conference, I need to let you know that I have a financial interest in it. You can judge the usefulness of the conference for yourself, and I’ll try to stick to the facts in my description below, but be aware that I think it’s a cool thing!

If you have been looking for a source of information about writing, publishing, and promoting self-published books, you should take a look at the Self-Publishers Online Conference. It is a three-day virtual event, so you can attend from your home in your bathrobe if you want. Each day includes four seminars with recognized self-publishing experts and one mid-day Q&A session where you can ask specific questions related to your own publishing challenges. Even if you can’t attend the seminars live, registering for the conference gives you access to all of the seminar recordings through the month of May.

Although the conference definitely has a non-fiction “flavor” to it, a lot of the information is applicable to fiction as well. Plus, most of the experts have experience with both fiction and non-fiction publishing.

The event runs from May 8 to May 10. Yes, that’s Tuesday through Thursday of NEXT WEEK!. You can save 10% off your registration by entering the DanielSentMe coupon code when you register. Click below to check out the conference Web site and decide for yourself if it has value:

Self-Publishers Online Conference

Okay, on to the forthcoming changes to the Magic Appreciation Tour…

MA Tour Book Reviews

Book reviews are no longer going to be part of the Post Exchange. Tour authors will still be able to offer their books for review through the MA Tour site, but reviewers will have the opportunity to select the books they want to review, rather than the ones I assign them.

Assigning reviews and having them be part of the Post Exchange puts too much pressure on reviewers, particularly if they get assigned a book that is not something they’d normally read.

Listing your book for review has a few new requirements:

  • You must be willing to provide a free copy of the book to a requesting reviewer.
  • You agree that the reviewer is not obligated to write a review.
  • An excerpt of your book must be available at a publicly-accessible Web location. (Your Amazon.com book page will work fine for this.)

If you want to review a book, please check out the excerpt before you ask to review it, and do not request a review copy unless you fully intend to write a review.

No More 3-Book Limit

I haven’t updated the MA Tour site with this information yet, so you are getting it hot off the press, as it were.

Now that we have over 35 books on the site, there’s no further need for the 3-book limit per author. That limit was originally instituted to avoid having the site look like one big advertisement for a single author. Now that we have 25 authors represented, allowing more books shouldn’t be a problem.

If you would like to list more of your magical fantasy books on the MA Tour site, all you have to do is register them, just like you did with your first book. Here’s a link to the registration page:

Magic Appreciation Tour Registration

Contact Me

That’s all I have to report, this time around. As always, feel free to contact me if you have questions, comments, or suggestions.

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