Wednesday, 5 March 2014

It's about what?

Hello and welcome to my topic today... Blog launch tour posts.

Who am I writing them for? 

Actually, I'm not really sure apart from knowing that when I write them I'm gaining a lot of satisfaction myself. For all of my novels I've organised a mini blog tour around my launch day and visited many different blogs. I've mainly tried to keep a theme to the blog posts which have mirrored the genre and background to the novel that has been released. It's not a requirement when I guest on the blogs of other authors and friends, but it has given me a sense of purpose to the exercise.

Thematically linking them is definitely not an earth shattering concept as it's been done over and over by many other authors. Though not an original concept, for me, the pleasure has been in pitting my wits and coming up with many different posts centred on the research needed for my novel. Travel and different cities are featured in my contemporary romances, so many launch tour posts were about that. They seemed easy to research and write.

My Celtic Fervour Series launch posts have been a little more difficult to write. For Book 1 -The Beltane Choice - I had a fresh slate and could write anything relevant about the era of Roman Britain AD 71. All my topics were new for that launch tour so I set to with gusto and produced my favoured topics.

Book 2 - After Whorl: Bran Reborn - presented some difficulties in that I wanted no repetition of topics I'd used already. Nonetheless, I grubbed around and found sufficient ideas to write posts for around 30 blog visits. Since that was back in December, 2013, only a mere 3 months ago, I'm now scratching my head and wondering what I'm going to write about in my launch posts for Book 3 of the series - After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks - and still avoid repetition.

Well, I've come up with a few possibilities already. Have a read and see what else you think I could include...

  • Aims of the series
  • Nails
  • Celtic hillforts
  • Roman Fortresses
  • Roman and Celtic weapons
  • Cheescake
  • Mons Graupius; 
  • The Gask Ridge forts
  • My characters in interview situations
  • Love lost and refound, or love gained
  • Communication in Celtic northern Britannia
  • Distrust among individuals and communities
  • Vesuvius
  • The Roman Classis (Navy)...
or ....Hunky Roman soldiers again? Brawny Celtic Warriors again? Fiesty female warriors?

ps Some of the above ideas have already found their way into guest posts but I'd love to know what you'd like to read about during my tour.

Of course, I could just put together a generic post about my newest book and send the same post to all the blogs I'm visiting. Think that's a better idea?

Drop me your ideas in the comments box, please!

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