It is with a heavy heart that I’m here to announce the closure of my little blog tour business Neverland Blog Tours. If you’re active in the book blogging community, you’ll be familiar with blog tours and their place in book promotion. If you’re not and don’t really care then that’s fine too. But regardless of where you stand, my business, which I set up in 2014 is closing it’s doors. I won’t say for good because nobody knows what the future holds but for now, at least.
The last time I whacked out a last-minute post in less than 20 minutes, it actually did really well and that’s what I’ve found myself doing again now. In the shower I was reflecting on my September and how busy, hectic, draining, emotional and happy it’s been all rolled into one. I never, ever do monthly round ups anymore (just solely because I’m lazy and never really do enough in am month to warrant one) but I wanted to for this month because… I dunno, I feel like it was an important month in a lot of ways. So excuse the quickly and poorly written blog post but here’s a quick round up of everything that’s happened in September.
Working from home, having my own business and running a blog you can imagine that without certain items, I’d be pretty lost. Try blogging without a phone or a laptop or taking blog photos without a camera. You get my gist. I rely on my “stuff” to do what I have to do every day and get my work done. If my laptop broke – which it has done before – I would be completely and utterly lost and distraught. As I literally wouldn’t be able to get anything done. There’s so many perks of working from home and owning your own business but there’s also a lot of stresses too! Today I want to talk about my blogging and business essentials!
The other week, it was my blogs 4th blogoversary! I don’t know where those 4 years have gone; it’s been an almighty blur and I can’t distinguish one year from the next any more. It feels like only mere months ago that I had my first ever blog design, I had a handful of followers and all I was doing is reviewing books. Before the time where I knew what a sponsored post was or what a product review would entail because things like that seemed so far fetched for a little blogger like me.
After owning my blog touring business for around 2 years now, I’ve organised over 50 blog tours for all different types of books and authors. All blog tours turn out differently – some are better than others, some go more smoothly than others and there’s always, inevitably a couple of bollocks ups along the way. But, one thing that is always wildly different is the individual authors approach to their own blog tours. That’s not to say that any one approach is the right or wrong one but authors who pay for these services should want to get the maximum out of it so today I wanted to share some pointers which I believe – from my own blog tours – authors should consider.
As some of you know, I run my own book touring business as well as my blog. My business is run entirely online, by me only and I get to work closely with lots of incredible authors and arrange what will hopefully be a great tour for them to help them gain extra exposure and reviews for their books. I started Neverland Blog Tours in 2014 and it has grown more than I ever expected it will but… There are pros and cons to everything – work included and today I wanted to talk about some of them.
I know I’m a bit late to the party (what with it being 6 days into the new year already…) but I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year I’d like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and successful 2015. I’m sure a lot of you have made your New Years resolutions already; I haven’t really given my resolutions much thought this year; rather things I’d like to do more/less of this year compared to last and places I’d like to go and things I’d like to do. I don’t buy into the whole, “New Year, New Me” fandango but I do believe that a new year is a perfect opportunity to start changing and shaping your life into how you want it. Here are a few of the goals I’ve set myself for 2015: Continue reading