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San Jose Fantasy Faire – April 13-14, 2013

The San Jose Fantasy Faire is looking for fantasy authors!

M. Todd Gallowglas, author of the Tears of Rage series, recently told me about a fun publicity opportunity for fantasy authors who will be in the San Jose, CA vicinity on April 13 or 14 of this year.

The Faire will include an author pavilion where you can sell your books, meet the crowds, and possibly find new fans. The Faire is not charging a “booth fee” because they are encouraging fantasy authors to attend.

Sound interesting? You can find out more on the Faire web site:

San Jose Fantasy Faire

Be sure to check out the “Meet the Authors” page, and to get a feel for how much fun you’ll have, visit the Photos page as well!

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Third Week Retrospective

Week three of the Spring 2012 Magic Appreciation Tour has come to a close. Book and author registrations have slowed down for the moment, so I don’t have any new books to share with you this week. However, several of our authors got caught up on their post exchanges.

Also, please note the announcement at the end of this post. The current (Spring 2012) tour is going to end on March 31 and go back to the original one-month-per-quarter schedule.

The Post Exchange

This was a big week for interviews, and we have one new book review. Please feel welcome to visit the blogs and leave your comments. We appreciate your feedback and support!

  • Interview with Fantasy Author Cat Gerlach
    Vanna Smythe interviews Katharina Gerlach on her blog. Cat shares how her dream of becoming a forester turned into a dream of becoming an author.
  • The Magic Appreciation Tour: Guest William English
    Danika Dinsmore interviews William English on her “Accidental Novelist” blog. Will talks about how he got his start writing fantasy and short stories.
  • Book Review: Brigitta of the White Forest
    Roger Eschbacher reviews Danika Dinsmore’s MG fantasy book Brigitta of the White Forest on his blog “The Novel Project.” Roger characterizes the book as a “fun and engaging read with an interesting story.” Please check out his review to learn more!
  • Author Spotlight: Vanna Smythe
    Katharina Gerlach interviews Vanna Smythe on the “Independent Bookworm” blog. Vanna shares some of her experiences with releasing her new book Protector and her perspective on the true value of social media.
  • Sue Santore INTERVIEW: Author of A Singular Gift and A Singular Chance
    Harrison Davies interviews Sue Santore on his “The Aduramis Chronicles” blog. Sue shares how she has been able to turn her retirement into a new career as a writer.

Magic Appreciation Tour authors are welcome to submit more offers to the Post Exchange. It’s a great way to get more traffic to your blog and to get to know some of your fellow fantasy writers!

Click to Exchange a Post

The Spring 2012 Tour Ends March 31

When I first came up with the idea for the Magic Appreciation Tour, it was going to run for one month per quarter. But then I realized that the book listings should be available to potential readers on an ongoing basis. I thought, “So why not have the tour be ongoing as well?”

The answer to that question is “tour fatigue.” While leaving the book listings up indefinitely is still a good idea, I think our authors would benefit from having a break between tours. Also, having that break gives me more time to work on automating some of the site features. Automation would make it easier for me to run the tours, and it would give our authors instant access to things like the Post Exchange. (No more waiting for a “You’ve been paired!” email from yours truly.)

Registration will continue to be ongoing, so magical fantasy authors can still list their books on the site and be ready to participate in the next author tour.

So, unless the Tour authors rise up in protest, I’m going to go back to my original plan of holding the author tour part of the Magic Appreciation Tour and Book Sale only one month per quarter. That means the current tour ends on March 31 (next Saturday.) The next tour (Summer 2012) will run during the month of June.

If you want to do any final-week post exchanges, please submit them now!

As always, if you have suggestions on how I can improve the Magic Appreciation Tour and Book Sale site or program, your feedback is welcome. You can leave a comment here, or if you want to keep your thoughts just between you and me, you can use the contact page on the MA Tour site.


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The Gates Open, and They’re Off!

Today was the first day of Magic Appreciation Tour (MA Tour)! We started with 18 authors and 28 books, which is an excellent beginning. But it isn’t too late! If you are an author of a magical fantasy book, you can still register for the tour through the end of March. That will still give you two months (through May 31) to show off your books and engage with your fellow fantasy authors. Just click the Magic Appreciation Tour badge in the sidebar, check out the site, and register when you are ready.

How to Tour

Touring with our authors is easy. The site gives you the tools you need to connect with other authors and exchange blog posts.

  • Exchange Posts: Use the Post Exchange to offer a blog post on your blog in exchange for a request for a post on another author’s blog. We match you up with two other authors: one who is requesting the kind of post you offered, and one who is offering the kind of post you requested. We try not to do direct, two-way exchanges so we can avoid a tit-for-tat bias.
  • Comment on Blogs: The Authors page on the MA Tour site gives you ready access to every author who has a blog. Show your support by visiting the blogs of your fellow authors and commenting on their posts.
  • Share: Tweet, plus-one, and otherwise share links to the blog posts and books of your fellow authors. Did you read their book and like it? For goodness sake, tell the world!

How to Find Your Next Fantasy Read

The Book Sale page was designed to help you quickly find a book you might enjoy reading. Once you find something you like, we give you the opportunity to explore the title further.

The MA Tour site lists every book that has been registered by our participating authors. You can browse the listings and check out the compact but generous cover thumbnails and blurbs. Find something you like? Handy links on the right let you buy the book right away or learn more about the author. If the author has a book web site, you can click a link to visit it as well. Finally, if any MA Tour participants have reviewed the book, you can visit their blog to see what they had to say.

Open to Suggestions

This is the first tour, so there’s lots of room for improvement. If you have ideas for how the site or the touring aspects can be improved for our readers or our authors, please use the site’s contact page to share your thoughts.

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