Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Touring with Books - the interview

Yesterday we talked about book tours and some of the benefits of virtual tours. Today we begin a discussion on the different forms a virtual tour stop can take.

One of the most popular types of blog tour stops is the interview. This can take different, creative forms. In the past few months, I've seen:
  • The blog host interviews the author
  • The blog host interviews a character from the book
  • Te blog host interviews the illustrator, editor, or publisher
  • The author interviews a character from the book
  • A guest interviewer interviews the author (i.e. students interview a children's book author)

Although not part of a blog tour, you can see an example of an interview post today at Carolina Conspiracy. The fine folks over there interviewed Mark H. Phillips, author of The Resqueth Revolution, about his writing habits. Drop in and say hello.

Thanks to one of those weird karmic coincidences, the editor of The Resqueth Revolution was also recently interviewed. That interview had nothing to do with the book and the timing was not planned, but hey, it's available. If you'd like to read about how a great editor approaches the task of helping authors fine-tune their work, check out the LJ Sellers interview at The Blood-Red Pencil.

In fact, that site has been running a series of editor interviews that provide a great source of information for writers trying to figure out what editors do. If you are struggling with how to select an editor for your work, I recommend hopping on over to The Blood-Red Pencil and reading the whole "Meet the Editor" series. You'll find a variety of services, personalities and approaches to editing. Chances are, one of them will feel right for you.


Anonymous said...

Good post. Informative and lots of cogent advice. Another cool twist you can do on a virtual tour, one that I used last winter when I took my Owen Fiddler blog-hopping - and this only works if the host is an author also - have one of your characters meet and interact with one of the host's characters. Fun.

Charlotte Phillips, Co-Author of The Eva Baum Detective Series said...


I forgot about that post! It was fun.