Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Just in Case you Might Want to Plan a Book Tour

I know this is the era of ebooks, social media marketing and forget- about- the -book- tour- unless- you're- a- celebrity, but some newly published authors might still want to plan a tax-exempt vacation
a working, fun vacation
a trip
to someplace interesting

er-- a book tour.

If that sounds like you, I'm currently doing a series over at the Celery Tree blog on marketing and promotion. This first series will be focusing on planning a book tour *does anyone even do that anymore?* Well, my mum and I did and I want to share what we did and what we learned.

The first part of the series was on Identifying and Finding your Demographic. The second on Planning and Communication. Third will be on the Media, Getting Reviews and Articles. Fourth will be Playing to Your Strengths. And Fifth on Failures (because we learn more from our failures than from our successes).

So check it out yo. Come hang out with me and Liesel under the Celery Tree!


  1. ooo! Are book tours considered tax-exempt vacations??? That's an interesting thought... That sounds like a great, helpful post. Thanks, Karen!!! <3

  2. LTM, yes you can declare the expenses as a cost of doing business because promoting ourselves as writers is, after all, part of our business. Maybe I'll write a book set in Hawaii?

  3. Although I'm not a writer, Karen, the info on your blog is wonderful!...:)JP

  4. Aw thanks, Home in the Hollow! And the pictures on your blog are wonderful, they make me want to move to the country.

  5. Karen I loved the information on celerytree and think that anyone who is thinking of becoming a writer/author they should definitely stop by and check it out!!!!

    You also don't get annoyed with questions which makes me adore you even more!! I love getting the insight before I'm apart of the world so that I have a better understanding!!! Always smart to be prepared!

  6. The marketing & promotion side of publishing is super interesting to me--it's easy to forget how important an aspect it is. Thanks for the links :)

  7. Thanks for the stellar tips on CeleryTree. Your timing is perfect. The toughest part is knowing where to start. You've already tilled that soil.

    I owe you.

  8. As the weekend beckons, methinks there's nothing nicer to do than hanging out with you under the Celery Tree!! Thank you!! Take care

  9. So I can't help smiling every time I see the giraffe.

    And then you say, "Check it out yo."

    How can I not love coming here?

    Oh wait. That's right. I do!

  10. I've enjoyed the series so far. I'm looking forward to the next installment

  11. Sounds great!

    Just clicked over to say hi.


  12. I'm going to keep track of these book tour posts.

  13. Sounds like you are giving out some good information. have a great friday!

  14. I love that name! Celery Tree! So great. I'm coming over. =)

  15. This is great, Karen, and will hop over. I'm getting caught up (as life has been life) and am happy I found your series now. Have a great weekend.

  16. Oh cool! I did a nationwide book tour over forty-eight states with my first book and it was one of the most educational experiences as well as a grand adventure. It's a shame that more writers don't get out there and meet their potential readers.


  17. Thanks, erm, dude. Invaluable, as ever.

  18. Simon, LOL! Peace out.

    Clarissa, Thank you so much for being such a supportive Celery Tree fan. You rock! Yo.

    Jai, I would love love love to know more about this, how you set it up, what was involved. I mean what am I doing posting about my little regional, western Nebraska tour? Compared to FORTY-EIGHT States???? I hope you will share one of these days on your blog.

  19. Headed over to check it out. I love hearing your point of view amidst all the naysayers.