Thursday, August 8, 2013

Author Spotlight: Donna Huber

We're back! Did you miss us last week? Author Spotlight took a mini break - I decided I needed to retreat into my writing cave and finish my current WIP once an for all so I could hand it over to my trusty editor.... more on that another time - Today, I'm very excited to introduce you to author Donna Huber. Donna is not just an author, she is a PR guru and has helped me successfully launch my last three books via virtual tours. Her book, Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour, is getting rave reviews.

Here's mine:

In Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour, PR expert, Donna Huber, provides pages of invaluable information for every author looking to both set up their own tour or learn more about hiring a tour company to run a tour on their behalf. Donna brings years of experience to the table, sharing tips in an organized and easy to follow manner. Donna gives great examples from her own experiences, ranging from working with traditionally published authors to self-published authors, giving the reader confidence in Donna's results.  This is a must have reference guide for every author.

And now.... I'd like to welcome Donna Huber....

Author Spotlight: How Did I Get Here?

*Squinting* Wow! It's bright in here. *Looks around* What does that say up there? Author Spotlight...that would explain the bright light shining on me. But, wait... Author?!? What am I doing here?

Since releasing my ebook Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour at the end of June, I've been asked a lot about how I came to be a published author. Because it was not something I ever considered doing, my friends and family were kind of shocked by it. To tell you the truth, I'm kind of shocked by it all as well. I often ask myself, how did I get here? And to be completely honest, peer pressure led me to do it.

I love to read and talk about books. I got involved with an online writing community because it was fun to read stories in progress and talk with not only other readers, but the writers themselves as the story developed. I was not there to write my own story and I choose the handle Girl Who Reads in hopes that people wouldn't be asking me about what story I wrote.

One thing led to another, and no I still didn't consider writing a book. Instead, I started a book blog. At the time I was working for a start-up publishing house heading up their marketing department. Through my blog, I connected with other bloggers who would host my authors, but I also was contacted by other publishers to feature their books in my blog. It was a great way to learn the business.

I was learning all kinds of things about blogging and the book industry. And I like to help others, so I started a weekly tips series on my blog. It covers anything from useful html code to best practices for social media to discussion on content creation. Around this time, I was asked to join a group of bloggers and authors for ebook events.

Several of the members of this group, after reading my tips posts, told me I should write a book. I was all "whatever". Writing was not my thing. But they didn't give up. Every so often someone in the group would make a comment about putting my tips into book form. Then I started getting requests for tips post. Usually it was something I had already written about. However, on a blog with almost two year's worth of tips (and not to mention all the other posts) it can be difficult to find what you are looking for. For the first time, I thought about putting together a book.

I'm asked by both authors and bloggers about organizing blog tours often. I knew I had several posts that authors would find useful in either planning their own tour or when working with a tour company. When I want to know how to do something, I don't want to spend hours reading about it. I'm busy (did you see my hat collection on the first day of the tour? and I know authors are too. I wanted them to be able to read my book in about an hour and have all the tools they needed to put together a great tour.
I pulled together my posts on blog tours, giveaways, book blasts, and approaching bloggers. Then I fleshed them out and added the advice I give to my clients on making great appearances and following up after the end of a tour. My beta readers suggested I add some guest post topic suggestions and that led me to including sample interview questions as well. What resulted was a lot of information packed into a little space.

That's how I got here... a little bit of peer pressure and a whole lot of desire to see others reach their dreams.


Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the blogger behind Girl Who Reads where, in addition to book reviews and author appearances, she writes the popular blogging advice series, Tips on Thursday. She has worked as a freelance publicist since 2010 assisting publishers and authors with their marketing and publicity needs. Most notably, she was the publicist for The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House edition of Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James.

When she is not doling out blogging advice or promoting the next bestseller, she can be found spending time with family (particularly the four legged, furry members), rewatching Downton Abbey and Harry Potter, or trying to make a dent in her never ending to-be-read pile.


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Plan a successful blog tour while keeping your sanity

From the publicist who introduced the world to Fifty Shades of Grey, Donna Huber is now revealing her secrets to successful blog tours. She shares tips and tricks learned through organizing over 30 tours, blasts, and promotional events for nearly 50 independently and traditionally published titles.

Secrets revealed in this quick read include,

Planning stage decisions
Different types of tours
Recruiting bloggers and keeping requests organized
Best practice communication tips
Tricks to making a great guest appearance
How to organize a fun (and legal) giveaway
Actions to take during the tour
Next steps once the tour is complete
Virtual tour and other promotional opportunities
When to hire a professional

In this easy to follow manual, Donna does not stop there. She spills even more of her blog tour secrets to help authors get the most out of their events by providing,

Tour checklist
Tour invite tips
Step-by-step guide to creating tour graphics
10 broad guest post topics
25 sample interview questions


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