According to Murphy’s Law, ‘if anything can go wrong, it will’.
I’m sure that any of us would be ecstatic to have a book tour where everything goes without a hitch. However, even if we have all bases covered, once there are other people involved, plus the vagaries of technology, thing can go off track. Here’s a sampling:
Mix up with dates – Plan for this type of emergency, even if you have contacted your host a couple of days before. Situations change, emergencies crop up, people forget and dates may have to be shifted. Adjust as best you can and work in the changes.
Information going MIA in cyberspace – It has happened to me. One of my tour hosts said she never received the information I sent for the post. Again, reschedule if you can fit in another stop on the tour or do a guest post on the person’s blog after the tour ends. It’s a good way to stay visible once the tour is concluded.
Hiccups – The post I did for one of my hosts said I’d be giving away a few copies of Distraction, however, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to make the book free at the end of my KDP period. I cringed over the fact that my post said something different from what I’d send to the host. After I had that ‘oh boy’ moment, I decided it was too small a thing to stress over and anyway, the host was good enough to amend the information.
MIA Post and Host – It’s possible with all the obligations we have that a host can miss the assigned date to put up a post. Again, stuff happens – lack of internet connectivity, family demands, work pressure, foggy brain cells. My best recommendation is to work with whatever pans out eventually. The world won’t end if the post goes up half a day late.
Guest going MIA – Remember all the things above that can happen with your host? The same stuff can happen to you. In the event that you are unable or unavailable to comment, do let your host know what’s happening with you and when you’ll be able to respond to comments. A few words of explanation included in the post can suffice and won’t make it appear as if you swooped down and left again without any intention of interacting with visitors.
Have I missed anything?