Your tour is over and other than dealing with giveaways you might have hosted during the period, there are mop-up operations remaining. Here are my important list of things to do after the tour.
Choose winners – I used to favour random.org, but Rafflecopter makes the job much easier. The programme also gives me the name and email address on the widget for me to make contact, and also shows the winners in the order their names came up. Make things easier by linking everything to your social media sites as much as possible, so people can catch the results even if they don’t visit your site.
Contact winners – It’s good to include some condition for winners, as in, something to indicate that after 48 hours another winner will be chosen. I’ve been very lax with my last giveaway and still have yet to pick two winners because the last person still hasn’t responded after several nudges. I also ended up buying an additional prize because one prize-winner had already read one of each pair of books that were left for her to choose from. I haven’t picked the extra winner yet. Bad organizer!
Try not to leave loose threads hanging. They haunt you, which has been my experience as I’ve been strapped for time this month. The faster you contact winners and arrange for delivery of the prizes the easier you’ll rest.
Give thanks – Although you would have left a comment expressing your thanks to each blog host on a specific post, it’s nice to drop a note afterward to say thanks. We all appreciate this personal touch.
Write a Wrap up Post – If you blog, this will come naturally to you. I planned to do this after the Distraction tour, but didn’t. I thought the information would be helpful enough to put together like this and so when I signed up for the Blogging from A-Z Challenge the light bulb went on.
Rest & Reflection – Once all your loose ends are knotted, it’s time to think about all you’ve learned on tour. If you used a blog tour outfit, you will want to say thanks for the service and have a post mortem. If you were dissatisfied with things that did and didn’t happen, you can gently state what didn’t work for you, which will help the tour organizer make adjustments—that’s if they agree with your analysis.
If you did the tour yourself, you have a host of things to think about. Did you get what you expected from doing it? Can you do a better job next time? Will you opt to DIY next time around or will you hire someone to do the job? If you have time constraints, paying someone else is an option to think about.
Come what may, at this time you deserve a break, but we’re not quite at Z yet. Tell me, is there anything I missed in the wrap-up?
In a Nutshell
Write a Wrap up Post
Rest & Reflection