While it remains a little less than two months until THE RELUCTANT BLOGGER hits the streets, we are now less than one month away from another milestone that is equally important in book selling circles.
That milestone is The Blog Tour.
For the uninitiated, a blog tour is where an author takes his book into the cold, cruel world and makes it available for book bloggers to review and highlight on their site. The idea is that the author try and schedule as many reviews or mentions on as many blogs as possible on consecutive days. This is meant to maximize your book’s impact in the marketplace. So, I have been working feverishly to try and book up as many of my blog tour dates as possible for the weeks of July 22nd through August 16th.
As I mentioned before, some of these blogs like to include “interviews” as part of their blog tour stops. These interviews are not actual sit-down interviews or even back-and-forth exchanges through e-mail. What usually happens is the blogger provides a list of generic questions to the author and lets him or her choose a dozen or so to answer. Those questions and answers are then posted to the website on the day of the tour stop.
While I don’t hate this idea, I certainly think it would be more interesting, as far as I’m concerned, if they would let me choose my own questions to answer. But since most bloggers won’t let me do that, I choose to occassionally do it myself simply for the fun of it.
So, in honor of my upcoming blog tour that starts a month from last Saturday, I present Another Interview with Author and Genius Extraordinaire, Wile E. Coyo…er, Ryan Rapier.
In a book like THE RELUCTANT BLOGGER, characters and their traits can bear a strong resemblance to actual people. Are you concerned that people you know might see themselves in some of your characters and be offended by their portrayal?
Yes. Especially those people on whom I actually based the characters. I’ve already apologized to my father and told him not to read the book. (It should be noted for anyone who knows my father that the father character in the book is an amalgamation of many people I know and not a strict representation of my own father. Now I pray he sees it that way.)
Your book, THE RELUCTANT BLOGGER, has been released on Netgalley, a source for readers to get advance copies of books in exchange for a review on the website Goodreads. Consequently, you now have several reviews and ratings of your book already out in the public domain. Does this concern you?
Not really. However, I am very curious about how the woman who runs the site, Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews is going to rate my book. Based on the near pornographic images that lead off her website, I have a feeling my book probably did not meet her expectations.
Now that you are involved in the marketing phase of your book being published, what has been the most disappointing aspect of trying to get the word out about THE RELUCTANT BLOGGER?
This is an easy one. By far the most disappointing aspect of marketing my book has been the fact that my publicist at Cedar Fort is a Lakers fan. He’s a decent enough guy and so I naturally expected so much more of him. But since forgiveness and redemption play such a large role in my book, I choose to overlook this one character flaw that he has and simply move forward with our relationship despite the fact that he feels no remorse for his “sins”.
No, really, what has been the most disappointing aspect of marketing your book?
Two things, I suppose. The first is that there isn’t a huge pile of money sitting there to provide unlimited advertising on any medium I choose. Large piles of money always make marketing a much easier proposition. The other thing, and I have voiced this before, is that there is this need in publishing to pigeon-hole what genre your book falls in. I mean, I understand why, but it doesn’t make it any less annoying. I literally hate this conversation:
“So, is your book a romance?”
“Well, there is a romantic aspect to it, but I don’t think I would characterize it as a straight forward romance.”
“Is it historical?”
Befuddled looks abound before the next question, “Contemporary YA?”
“What on earth is that?”
“Contemporary Young Adult.”
“…So, then…it’s a romance.”
“Fine, if that makes you feel better, it’s a romance.” Under my breath I add, “Except it’s not.”
In terms of success, what would you like to see your book do?
Well, become an international best-seller and provide me millions upon millions of dollars to live the lifestyle I would love to become accustomed to. I mean, seriously, what kind of question is that? I realize the PC answer would be, “Any success this book has is just gravy on top of the joy I have felt in having it published.” I have actually given this answer, but any author being even remotely truthful is going to give the original answer I just did.
In realistic terms of success, what do you expect your book to do?
Not much. I hope for the best, but understand I’ll be lucky to see little, if any, return. It just is what it is. When people joke that I’m going to be a world famous author, I smile because that would be great. But I know better. The same type of chances exist that I will win the lottery. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe I am speaking to the quality of my book, it is just such a crowded marketplace. I’m sure great works of literature die in obscurity all the time. It’s just all about being in the right place at the right time…the same getting struck by lightening.
You’ve remarked often about how hard it is to plug yourself and your book all the time. Why is that?
Because I don’t want to be the guy who is always yelling, “Look at me, look at me.” I’d much rather be recognized by people who come across my writing and then seek me out to tell me they enjoyed it. It seems like it would be more genuine that way. Unfortunately, if you try that approach, very few people end up “happening” upon your work. So you have to make a spectacle of yourself. Beg people to read what you have written and then pray they aren’t disappointed. It is, in a way, the old concept of under promise/over deliver vs. over promise/under deliver. If you are constantly talking about this great book you’ve written, you are in the game of over promising. It just makes me uncomfortable.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world about your upcoming release, THE RELUCTANT BLOGGER?
Only that it is THE BEST BOOK YOU WILL READ THIS YEAR. BUY IT NOW, BUY IT OFTEN. PURCHASING THE RELUCTANT BLOGGER WILL BE THE BEST DECISION YOU MAKE IN YOUR LIFETIME!!!!!
(I said I didn’t like to do it. I didn’t say anything about not being willing to do it.)
THE RELUCTANT BLOGGER is available for pre-order by clicking on the Amazon or Barnes and Noble links contained at the top of the page. You can also visit any bookstore that sells LDS-themed books and request a copy be ordered for you to be ready on August 13. If you live in the Gila Valley, visit Bookworms Bookstore to request a copy that will be ready for our launch party August 17. Thanks again to everyone who has already pre-ordered or is planning on pre-ordering this book. It means a great deal to me.