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