We are moving to a new home and we would love for you to visit us there. All of the tour posts and promotional articles have been moved and we are able to offer some new perks for our blog readers. It should also be easier to find what you need on the blog. It is very easy to subscribe - email or RSS feed - and we have a new search option.

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Monday, June 30, 2008

What Can A Conductor Teach You About Leadership?



How can you compare "being a conductor" with "being a corporate leader"? Read on to compare these two occupations and you will see why Hugh Ballou's 40 years as a choir conductor is invaluable in helping people learn how to become leaders.


The Conductor

The Corporate Leader

Sets the tempo

Sets the pace of the team

Gives the preparation before the downbeat:

  • Defines the exact time to begin
  • Gives a place to breathe
  • Defines the dynamic level
  • Sets the mood

Prepares the team for the project:

  • Defines the timeline for the project
  • Allows for clarity before starting
  • Sets boundaries for decisions
  • Defines the seriousness of the work

Shapes the phrases

Defines the goals

Balances the different instruments

Keeps the personalities aligned

Molds the cadences

Defines the parameters for reporting

Allows the musicians to play their best

Gives each person a place to use his or her skills and talents

Understands the power of position

Understands the power of position

Understands how to use personal influence over power

Understands how to use personal influence over power

Understands that players respond exactly as directed

Understands that the ability of the team depends on the ability of the leader

Knows exactly when to end

Knows where to focus for final results

Understands that the quality of the result depends on the quality of the ensemble

Understands that the quality of the result depends on the quality of the team synergy

Is always in charge

Is always in charge


Learn more about Hugh Ballou, Transforming Power and his virtual blog tour at http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/06/transforming-power-virtual-tour-with.html

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Join the Authors on the Final Day of the Virtual Book Tours for June

Monday is the last day of Mirella Patzer and Karen Salmansohn's virtual book tours. If you haven't gotten your copy of Bloodstone Castle and/or Bounce Back Book - this is a great day to order yours. I've read both books and they are each great. They each have something special to offer to you.

You can visit Mirella and read her interview with Trista Pinkton at
http://tristipinkston.blogspot.com/2008/06/chat-with-mirella-patzer.html

In addition, see what information Donna Sundblad got out of Karen Salmanson -
http://birdiesquill .blogspot. com

Monday evening I invite you to listen to a radio interview that should be fascinating. Phil Harris is interviewing Dyan Garris and I have a feeling it will be packed with valuable and possibly life changing information. They are both interesting people and Dyan will just be getting home from attending the New Age convention in Colorado over the weekend. If you can't attend the radio show, you can download the interview to listen to later. Here is the information about the show - Dyan and Phil would love to answer your questions ---

Phil Harris - http://www.blogtalk radio.com/ pharris - 8 pm EST Call-in Number: (718) 508-9893

I might hear you there :)

Nikki Leigh

Book Promo 101 - NOW AVAILABLE
www.nikkileigh. com/book_ promo_101. htm
Coastal Suspense with a Touch of Romance
www.virtualblogtour .blogspot. com
Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The President's Parasite and Other Stories by Jim Musgrave


Jim Musgrave's virtual blog tour begins in just a few days. Beginning Tuesday July 1 - you will begin to learn more about Jim Musgrave and his collection of short stories which is published under the title - The President's Parasite.

The President's Parasite and Other Stories by Jim Musgrave

In The President's Parasite, Jim Musgrave resurrects all that has gone missing in today's literature: originality. The title story is a Kafkaesque piece from the point-of-view of an intellectual tapeworm trapped inside a moronic president, and the satirical impact is worthy of Swift. The other stories range from a widower trapped inside the Clock Tower in Baghdad that he constructed, to a baseball pitcher who becomes a living vegetable after a batted ball strikes his head. All in all, there is something for everyone in this collection of 30 eye-popping stories from a truly gifted author.

About the Author

Jim Musgrave is an award-winning writer and college instructor who lives in San Diego, California. He’s published four novels and one collection of short fiction, and his stories have been published in many literary magazines and ezines, including: Shroud Anthology, Beneath the Surface: 13+ Shocking Tales of Terror (recommended for Bram Stoker Award, 2008), Sniplits Audio Short Stories 2 Go, Stone Magazine, and many others.

For more information -

http://www.efraimzgraves.wordpress.com

http://www.contempinstruct.com/books/product_page/full_page/ec1.htm

http://www.amazon.com/Presidents-Parasite-Jim-Musgrave/dp/0977650367


Tour Schedule Will Be Posted Here - Tuesday July 1 to Thursday July 31
(We will be adding to this schedule as the month of June progresses.)

July 1 - http://missmaesite.blogspot.com

July 2 - http://newgreatbooks.blogspot.com/

July 3 – 8:00 P.M. – Variety Night on Paranormal Online Radio -
Call-in Number: (646) 915-9605 - 9 PM EST - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormalpalace

July 7 - Author Information - http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog/

July 8 - Book Summary - http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog/

July 9 - Interview with Jim Musgrave - http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog/

July 10 - Book Review - http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog/

July 11 - http://stevenbradley.blogspot.com/

July 14 – http://murderby4.blogspot.com/ Guest Post

July 15 - http://anthologynewsandreviews.blogspot.com/

July 16 - http://undergroundcontroversy.blogspot.com/

July 17 - http://detailwithnikkileigh.blogspot.com/ - In Detail with Nikki Leigh

July 18 - http://plotdog.com/

July 21 - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nikkileigh (4:00-5:00 EST) Call in number - (347) 215-8201

July 22 - http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/

July 25 - http://currenteventsinbooks.blogspot.com/

July 28 - www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsread -12 noon EST - Call-in Number: (347) 215-8319

July 30 - http://readersstation.ning.com/group/promotionalauthorinterviews - Promotional Interview with Nikki Leigh


Vietnam Air Rescues by Dave Richardson


Dave Richardson will tour cyberspace in the month of August to promote his book Vietnam Air Rescues. This is your chance to read the book a father assembled to share a very important time in his life. These personal experiences and his perspectives on an unpopular war as shared in the pages of this exciting and insightful book. Read about his experiences and the faith that helped him through tough rescue situations where a number of lives were in his hands. If you would be interested in interviewing Dave during his tour, feel free to contact us.

About Vietnam Air Rescues

Eavesdrop
—as a father recounts to his adult children his exploits as an Air Force “Jolly Green” combat helicopter rescue pilot in Vietnam…

Be There
—to see what it was really like…

Ride Along
—and determine what you would have done when another man’s life was literally hanging in the balance…

Feel
—what it meant to save a life…

Experience
—heart pounding action in…Vietnam Air Rescues.


The book begins with the authors’ ‘Unauthorized History of the Vietnam War’; then continues to describe his life as a “Jolly Green” rescue pilot, picking up aircrew shot down in North Vietnam and Laos. Details of his 7 rescues of 9 men are included, as well as over 30 anecdotes relating to his experiences. The book is profusely illustrated with more than 100 photos, maps and drawings.


About Dave Richardson -

Born and raised in Southern California and he graduated (BA) from the University of La Verne. In 1960, he married his high school sweetheart and joined the US Air Force. Over the next 24 years, he would be stationed at various bases in the United States and he served in Vietnam. He retired after 24 years as an Air Force helicopter/fixed wing pilot. For 13 years, he taught 8th grade mathematics and he currently lives in Kansas. Check the end of this post for details about Dave Richardson's military experience.

Visit Dave's website for many pictures from the book - http://www.vietnam-air-rescues.com/

Amazon details - www.amazon.com/Vietnam-Air-Rescues-Dave-Richardson/dp/1434891348


Tour Schedule Coming Soon








His Air Force experience includes:

1960 Air Traffic Control School, Keesler AFB, MS

1961-1962 Air Traffic Controller, Edwards AFB, CA

1962 Officer Training School, Medina Base, TX

1962 Aircraft Maintenance Officers School, Chanute AFB, IL

1962-1964 Aircraft Maintenance Officer, George AFB, Ca

1964 Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Incirlik, AB, Turkey

1965 Basic Undergraduate Pilot Training, Randolph AFB, TX

1965 Advanced Undergraduate Pilot Training. Stead AFB, NV

1965 Air Force Survival School, Stead AFB, NV

1966-1967 Helicopter Pilot, Bolling AFB, Wash D.C.

1967 HH-3E Upgrade Training, Sheppard AFB, TX

1967 Combat Crew Training, Eglin AFB, Fl

1967-1968 Rescue Crew Commander, Nakon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand

1968-1971 Helicopter Pilot, Ramstein AB, Germany
1971 T-38 Upgrade training, Randolph AFB, TX
1971 T-37 Instructor Pilot training, Randolph AFB, TX
1972-1973 T-37 Instructor Pilot, Vance AFB, OK
1974-1975 Airfield Manager, Vance AFB, OK
1976-1980 Director of Training, SE Liaison Region, Dobbins AFB, GA
1980-1984 Airfield Manager, Robins AFB, GA
1984 Retired from USAF

Winton Churchill - In More Detail

Winton Churchill will be doing a virtual blog tour to promote his book Email Marketing for Complex Sales Cycles from September 15 - October 15, 2008. Let's learn some more about the author and I'll give you the story behind his name.

About Winton Churchill


Winton Churchill has more that 25+ years experience developing, planning, organizing, and executing sales and marketing programs targeted in markets with complex sales cycles.

In addition, Winton has written and lectured on a broad range of information technology and Internet sales and marketing topics. His opinions are frequently quoted in a variety of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Marketing Sherpa, Inc. Magazine, SoftwareCEO, Sales & Marketing Management and a number of industry related business, Internet and software related publications.

He is the author of “Email Marketing for Complex Sales Cycles” (Morgan James Publishing)


He has been a key player in a number of successful growth stage software companies. He was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Contact International Corporation, Inc., the developers of ACT! software, the world's leading sales contact management software.

Prior to Contact International, he was Vice President of Marketing and OEM Sales for Spinnaker Corporation, the world's 10th largest supplier of PC software during his tenure.

In addition to Contact International he has been involved in a variety of senior sales, marketing and management roles for Apple Computer, Oracle Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Legato Systems, and Netfish Technologies (now IONA).

Winton is Past President of the South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce. The SBACC serves 18 Chambers and more than 53,000 businesses in coastal Southern California.

For his efforts there, he received a Congressional Commendation at the national level and high praise and formal recognition from the California State Legislature and the Mayor of Los Angeles for his work with the Aerospace/Defense and Intelligence Community.

“Winton is one of the most amazing people I know...he understands the importance of sequential marketing, integrated and strategic marketing...and, more importantly, he understands the myths, the fallacies, the mistakes and the oversights that most people in any field make.”

Jay Abraham CEO
The Abraham Group


So - Is His Name Really Winton Churchill?

Yes, that is his real name….and yes he is related.

He has a common ancestor with Winston Churchill, but he is from the branch of the family that moved to America.

He is a “Junior” and when his father was born Winston was not yet famous…a public official...but not well known in America.

The “Winton” is the name of the first car that crossed the United States in 1903. At that time it was generally believed that cars would never be able to travel long distances on unimproved roads.

In fact, at the time, one venture capitalist remarked that the big drawback to the automobile was you’d have to pave the entire network of dirt and gravel roads that crisscrossed the country.

Winton’s grandfather was a “car nut” and named his son in honor of that vehicle. The Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH was sold to a company that would become a division of General Motors and remnants of the original company exist today as one of GM’s specialized engine divisions.


High Praise For Winton Churchill And His New Book: Email Marketing For Complex Sales Cycles

“Winton Churchill is the Maestro when it comes to powerful lead generation. He is expert at coaching hard to attract B2B prospects in to the light...now he shares his proven system with you.”

Tony Alesandra, PhD, CSP, CPAE

For over a decade, Winton and I have worked with many of the same clients and I can testify to the fact that the Churchill Method has consistently produced a reliable and steady flow of leads for B2B sales teams.

He closes the gap that almost always exists between sales and marketing. He overcomes the marketing tendency to fail in tangible results by delivering actionable leads for complex sales. His system also helps correct for the sales team’s tendency to work with 90-day goggles, casting aside anything not ready to close now.

Steve Kraner - www.hightechguru.com

“He's a master marketing consultant with one of the best entrepreneurial minds I've ever met. The results he's created have been record breaking, even at the new project stage. Winton is a delight to work with, because he's so insightful, wise, and curious. Top integrity. I take every chance to hire him, work for him, or partner with him.”

Ron Richards, President - ResultsLab®

Winton Churchill makes understanding the fundamentals of email marketing for “complex” sales cycles anything but complex. His approach is straightforward. No tricks; No fancy footwork. Just practical and functional ideas, techniques, and tactics that make sense, are easy to implement, and engage readers. –

– Gil Effron, New York, NY

I’m a believer! The strategies in this book increased our qualified lead flow 237% in 6 months...and Churchill taught use how to automate our follow-up...so my sales reps could focus on our best prospects.

Steve Walman, Executive Vice President - Tricerat, Inc.

“Winton is one of those rare individuals who overwhelms you with his innate ability to find solutions for any business problem or situation. His unassuming sales and marketing intelligence is disarming and creates an environment of confidence and encouragement that keeps both the client and those that work with him at ease. I highly recommend Winton and would not only welcome the opportunity to work with him but to learn from him again.”

Dan Nichter, Director of sales, Contact Software International, Inc. reported to Winton at Contact Software, Inc.

" Outstanding job Winton, to the point and specific. The best business book on this topic I have read in years. I look forward to using these principles in building my business. Excellent!!"

Brandon Convery, CEO Convery Group - Former NHL Hockey Player

Since the dawn of marketing and sales departments in modern organizations, there has always been a conflict among marketing and sales about just what is a “qualified lead”. Sales wants to know why marketing can’t provide “qualified leads” and marketing wants to know why sales can’t close “qualified leads”. The Churchill Method provides a proven methodology and all the steps needed to remove the “qualified lead” mystique and facilitates the two organizations
working together to accomplish their common goal – closed sales for almost any company.

Claudia Johnson - Former Oracle Vice President



Winton Churchill - Email Marketing for Complex Sales Cycles

Winton Churchill Author of Email Marketing for Complex Sales Cycles: Proven Ways to Produce a Continuous Ways to Produce a Continuous Flow of Prospects and Profits with Effective Spam Free Email Systems (September 15th - October 15th)

About Email Marketing for Complex Sales Cycles

The principles in this book have helped thousands of business people and entrepreneurs increase sales and reduce stress and aggravation...Will you be the next one to benefit?

  • Why not generate more sales, more quickly?
  • Are you burnt out on sales and marketing activities because they are so labor intesive and unproductive?
  • And all the glib conversation and backslapping in the world won’t close the deal until your prospect feels, “You’re the one that can help me the best!”
  • It’s hard to convince prospects, but easier than you think to help them select you.
  • This book gives you proven methods to help you slash the time and effort required to turn your prospects into clients.

  • It’s hard to convince prospects, but easier than you think to help them select you.
  • This book gives you proven methods to help you slash the time and effort required to turn your prospects into clients.
  • The principles in this book have helped thousands of business people increase sales and reduce stress and aggravation... Will you be the next one to benefit?

You Will Discover:

● 3 keys to improving the quality of your leads

● 5 techniques to increase the number of leads you get

● 3 little-known conversion tactics that turn leads into revenue

● 1 mistake that dooms most lead generation to anemic results

● 2 unconventional ways to shorten your sales cycle

● 3 ways you’ve been brainwashed when it comes to email

● 6 special needs shared by all complex sales cycles

● 3 critical stages of success (and what to do at each one)

18 essential components you need to get going

● 8 indispensable “fast track” strategies to get you on the road to success

Level the playing field!...Compete with your strengths.


About Winton Churchill

Winton Churchill is Founder and CEO of Churchill Method, Inc. , an international sales and marketing consulting firm that helps clients improve their sales and marketing processes. He is the author of “Email Marketing for Complex Sales Cycles.” He has held senior positions in both F500 technology firms including Apple, Oracle, Spinnaker and Sun. He headed sales & marketing as VP at Contact Software, the developers of ACT!. He is Past President of the South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce. The SBACC serves 18 Chambers and more than 53,000 businesses in coastal Southern California.

For a more detailed biography - visit
http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/06/winton-churchill-in-more-detail.html

Tour Schedule - Will be Updated Until it is Complete

Thursday August 28 - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/midlife/2008/08/29/The-Frazzled-Entrepreneur-Program-The-Author-as-Entrepreneur-with-Winton-Churchill

Monday September 15 – http://thenewbookreview.blogspot.com/search/label/winton%20churchill

Wednesday September 17 – http://www.billhartzer.com/pages/is-your-business-built-on-pay-per-click-ppc-quicksand/

Friday September 19 – http://whitewolfinvesting.blogspot.com/2008/09/winton-churchill-salesman-and-author-of.html

Winton Churchill will be featured in the Self Growth Self Improvement newsletter next week – visit http://www.selfgrowth.com/ to subscribe to the newsletter.

Monday September 22 – http://www.scottfox.com/2008/09/3-email-marketi.html

Wednesday September 24 http://www.themarketingmindset.com/2008/09/email-marketi-1.html

Thursday September 25 – http://www.sparkplugging.com/marketing/interview-with-winton-churchill-email-marketing-for-complex-sales-cycles/

Sunday September 28 - Read Wayne Hurlbert's review of Email Marketing at http://blogbusinessworld.blogspot.com/2008/09/email-marketing-for-complex-sales.html

Read Wayne Hurlbert's interview with Winton Churchill at http://blogbusinessworld.blogspot.com/2008/09/winton-churchill-email-marketing-for.html

Monday September 29 – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nikkileigh/2008/09/29/Nikki-Leigh-Talks-with-Winton-Churchill Call-in Number: (347) 215-8201 - 3 pm EST and Winton has a second radio interview today -

Abundant Solutions Radio Show – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/asemotivation/2008/09/30/Increase-Your-Sales - Call-in Number: (718) 508-9600. The show is live from 9 – 10 pm EST. You can also download the recording to listen after the show.

Friday October 3 – http://detailwithnikkileigh.blogspot.com/2008/10/in-detail-with-winton-churchill.html

Wednesday October 8 – Author and book details - http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog/index.blog/1846475/winton-churchill-and-email-marketing/

Thursday October 9 – E-mail strategies for authors - http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog/index.blog/1846717/email-marketing-for-complex-sales-cycles-by-winton-churchill/

Friday October 10 – Learn more about Winton Churchill's promotion for his book and his business http://bookpromo101.blogspot.com/2008/10/winton-churchill-talks-about-promoting.html

Tuesday October 14 – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2008/10/14/email-marketing-effectively
Call-in Number: (646) 478-4758 – 1 pm EST


For details on Barnes and Noble -

Paperback Edition
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/EMail-Marketing-for-Complex-Sales-Cycles/Winton-Churchill/e/9781600374210/?itm=1

Hardcover Edition
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/EMail-Marketing-for-Complex-Sales-Cycles/Winton-Churchill/e/9781600374227/?itm=2


Thursday, June 26, 2008

The End of Week Four - Mirella Patzer & Karen Salmansohn

Have you missed any of the tour stops on Mirella Patzer or Karen Salmansohn’s virtual blog tours this week? If you have, let me tempt you with some details and links to more…

Author, Tracey Kitts brings us her interview with Mirella Patzer -

http://traceyhkitts.blogspot.com/2008/06/mirella-patzer-featured-author.html


Meet the heroine of Bloodstone Castle – http://shareyourheroine.blogspot.com/

Paty Jager http://www.patyjager.blogspot.com/ host Mirella Patzer on Friday

Billie Williams hosts Karen Salmansohn http://printedwords.blogspot.com on Friday


Mirella Patzer's Complete Tour Schedule – http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/05/mirella-patzer-virtual-book-tour.html

Find Out More About Mirella Patzer and Bloodstone Castle

Mirella Patzer's Website - http://www.mirellapatzer.com

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Bloodstone-Castle-Mirella-Patzer/dp/0978486528

You are encouraged to stop at each blog visit and post a comment for Mirella. Each comment enters you in a drawing for a free print copy of the book at the end of the tour. So, visit Mirella, learn more about Bloodstone Castle and post comments. Mirella looks forward to getting to know her readers.

Find Out More About Karen Salmansohn and The Bounce Back Book

Author and Book Information - http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/05/upcoming-virtual-book-tours.html

Tour Schedule - http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/05/bounce-back-book-tour-schedule.html

Bounce Back Book Spa Giveaway http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/05/bounce-back-giveaway

Bounce Back Book - ww.amazon.com/Bounce-Back-Book-Adversity-Setbacks/dp/076114627X

Monday is the last day for both of these tours – check back for those details.

Nikki Leigh

www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com

www.nikkileigh.com


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Get Your Feet Wet By Hosting Someone on a Tour

Have you heard about virtual blog tours? If you read the Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tour blog - then you are familiar with the idea, but you might not really understand what happens "behind the scenes". There are several ways to learn more. I have a FREE e-book available for download. The link to download the e-book is in the top left corner of each page of my website - www.nikkileigh.com. There is also a download link on www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com in the top right corner of each page.

Anyone who is curious about how a virtual book tour works can be a host for other tours. I’m always looking for tour hosts. If you know anyone who would should be added to the notification mailing list about new tours, email nikki_leigh22939 at yahoo.com.

Being a tour host provides promotion for the blog host. If you are looking for a free and easy way to generate some additional traffic to your blog, you should consider being a virtual tour host. Participating will also give people an idea of how part of the tour works. People who are interested, are welcome to contact me for more information.

These are some of the questions I would ask a person who wants to be a blog host. There are always other options, but these ideas will give you some examples of ways a person can host a person during their tour.

• Name and email for the blog contact
• Website or blog address
• E-mail address to send a PDF of the book for the host to read if needed
• How many visitors does the blog get weekly or monthly and their Google page rank
• How many members are on your forum or message board (if using a forum)
• What sort of books or topics does the person want to host – fiction, non-fiction, specific genres or topics?
• Are there are sort of books, products or services would you prefer not to host? If so, what types.
• Do they want to do an interview, a review or something else? (I encourage creativity.)
• Would you prefer a guest host about a specific type of information
• Do you have a place to host a chat and would that be productive for the person who is touring

This is very important -----

I am always hunting for blogs that are not writing oriented. For example, right now, I'm working on tours that focus on:
marketing
promotion
networking
business leadership
coaching
Vietnam air rescue
military family
faith in a battle zone

and much more. For these tours, I'm looking for blogs and blog owners or newsletters etc that discuss these topics. So, if you're interested, but your blog doesn't focus on books - we should still talk. (This list changes monthly, so stay in touch.)

Each blog, newsletter, radio show, forum, website etc that participates in a virtual tour is promoted in the online schedule and in daily promotional posts that are posted on many sites online. This is a free, fun and easy way to meet new people and to promote your site.


Nikki Leigh
Award Winning Author & Publicist
Owner Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours
www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com
www.nikkileigh.com

Monday, June 23, 2008

Kick Off Week Four With Mirella Patzer & Karen Salmansohn

Week four of Mirella Patzer’s tour moves to Pam Thibodeaux’s blog for an interview and Tristi Pinkston shares her thoughts about Bloodstone Castle.

Monday June 23

http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot. com/2008/06/author- spotlight- mirella-patzer. html

http://tristipinkston.blogspot.com/2008/06/meet-author-mirella-patzer. html

Read a review for The Bounce Back Book by Karen Salmansohn on Suite 101’s Personal Development section - http://personaldevelopment.suite101 .com/topiclist/article.cfm/ the_bounce_ back_book

Tuesday June 24th

What is a romantic adventure without a bad guy? Learn about Mirella's villain.

http://badguysandvillains.blogspot. com/

Betsy Talbot share information about The Bounce Back Book - http://www.betsytalbot.com/blog/2008/6/23/the-bounce-back-book.html

Mirella Patzer’s Full Tour Schedule – http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/05/mirella- patzer-virtual-book-tour.html

Find Out More About Mirella Patzer and Bloodstone Castle

Mirella Patzer's Website - http://www.mirellapatzer.com

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Bloodstone-Castle-Mirella-Patzer/dp/0978486528

Find Out More About Karen Salmansohn and The Bounce Back Book

http://notsalmon.com/book-detail/?bkd= bounce_back

You are encouraged to stop at each blog visit and post a comment for Mirella. Each comment enters you in a drawing for a free print copy of the book at the end of the tour. So, visit Mirella, learn more about Bloodstone Castle and post comments. Mirella looks forward to getting to know her readers.

Nikki Leigh

Book Promo 101 - NOW AVAILABLE
www.nikkileigh. com/book_promo_101.htm
Coastal Suspense with a Touch of Romance
www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com
Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Wrapping Up Week Three with Mirella Patzer & Karen Salmansohn

Medieval Italy is the setting for Bloodstone Castle, Thursday is the day to learn more about the fascinating setting for this romantic adventure.

Thursday June 19 – http://itsallinthesetting.blogspot. com/

Friday takes us to Anne Whitfield’s blog in Australia to talk about Bloodstone Castle.

Friday June 20 – http://annewhitfield.blogspot. com/

The Complete Tour Schedule – http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/05/mirella- patzer-virtual-book-tour. html

If you’re looking for a no nonsense self help book – I recommend you take a look at my review for The Bounce Back Book by Karen Salmansohn.

http://www.evancarm ichael.com/ Book-Reviews/ 2820/The- Bounce-Back- Book-by-Karen- Salmansohn. html

I’ll be posting business, marketing, self help etc reviews on this site - http://www.evancarm ichael.com/ Book-Reviews/

Find Out More About Mirella Patzer and Bloodstone Castle

Mirella Patzer's Website - http://www.mirellap atzer.com

Amazon http://www.amazon. com/Bloodstone- Castle-Mirella- Patzer/dp/ 0978486528

You are encouraged to stop at each blog visit and post a comment for Mirella. Each comment enters you in a drawing for a free print copy of the book at the end of the tour. So, visit Mirella, learn more about Bloodstone Castle and post comments. Mirella looks forward to getting to know her readers.


Nikki Leigh
Book Promo 101 - NOW AVAILABLE
www.nikkileigh. com/book_ promo_101. htm
Coastal Suspense with a Touch of Romance
www.virtualblogtour .blogspot. com
Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Middle of Week Three - Mirella Patzer's Virtual Book Tour

The middle of the third week brings us to a visit on Elena Dorothy Bowman’s blog and we learn more about the best friend in Bloodstone Castle.

Wednesday June 18 – http://elenadorothybowmansbooks.blogspot.com/

Wednesday June 18 - http://mybestfriendsstory.blogspot.com/


The Complete Tour Schedule – http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/05/mirella-patzer-virtual-book-tour.html

Find Out More About Mirella Patzer and Bloodstone Castle

Mirella Patzer's Website - http://www.mirellapatzer.com

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Bloodstone-Castle-Mirella-Patzer/dp/0978486528

You are encouraged to stop at each blog visit and post a comment for Mirella. Each comment enters you in a drawing for a free print copy of the book at the end of the tour. So, visit Mirella, learn more about Bloodstone Castle and post comments. Mirella looks forward to getting to know her readers.



Nikki Leigh

Book Promo 101 - NOW AVAILABLE
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Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours

Monday, June 16, 2008

Mirella Patzer Visits New Zealand on Her Virtual Tour


We kick off the third week of Mirella Patzer’s virtual book tour with a visit to New Zealand with Yvonne Walus.

Monday June 16 – http://yewalus.blogspot.com/

I’d also like to put out an invitation to visit my Book Promo 101 radio show Monday afternoon. I’ll interview author, Terry L White, and we’ll talk about her historic novel Chesapeake Harvest. You will have a chance to ask questions. Visit www.blogtalkradio.com/nikkileigh. For people who can’t join us at 4 pm EST – the show will be available for download after the show.

Tuesday brings us to Raine Delight’s blog with an interview with Mirella Patzer –

Tuesday June 17 – http://rainedelight.wordpress.com/


The Complete Tour Schedule – http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/05/mirella-patzer-virtual-book-tour.html

You are encouraged to stop at each blog visit and post a comment for Mirella. Each comment enters you in a drawing for a free print copy of the book at the end of the tour. So, visit Mirella, learn more about Bloodstone Castle and post comments. Mirella looks forward to getting to know her readers.



Nikki Leigh
Book Promo 101 - NOW AVAILABLE
www.nikkileigh.com/book_promo_101.htm
Coastal Suspense with a Touch of Romance
www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com
Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours

Friday, June 13, 2008

What is a Virtual Blog Tour?

Definition of a Virtual Blog Tour

Simply, a virtual blog tour is a cyber “tour” which includes various blogs, websites, radio shows, newsletters etc. These sites usually have themes that are included in the book and are promoted on the tour. This “tour” gives authors the chance to reach many people as they travel the blog-o-sphere.

A tour contains a set of blog, website interviews, reviews or guest posts etc that are posted on a series of sites during a set amount of time. Various blog owners host you and many ask you interview questions about your book or they may request that you write a piece about a specific part or element of your book.

Virtual blog tours are a wonderful alternative to a “live” bookstore tour. A bookstore tour can be very expensive, consume a lot of your time, take you away from your family and job and there is no guarantee that it will be successful. A blog tour can be done from home and in your pajamas if that’s what you prefer.

In these days with sky rocketing gas and travel charges, is there a better and more eco-friendly way to promote our books, or other products and services? Each day we hear the price of gas has hit an “all time high”. Those words don't seem to mean much anymore. Unfortunately, any “all time high” will be obsolete within a day or two. We each battle the cost of driving and traveling every day. So, what is an author to do if they want to do a book tour to promote their book? The environmentally conscious answer is - a virtual book tour. There are many benefits to a virtual book tour over a brick and mortar store tour. These benefits include:

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· Conserve gas

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· Save money

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· Stay home with family

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· No need to leave job in order to tour

Benefits of a Blog

  1. Build credibility and increase visibility

  2. One of the key things people want to do with a blog tour is to generate sales

  3. Generate a buzz about your book

  4. Reach your target audience

  5. Get information about you and your books to many people in a short period of time

  6. Create additional links to your site

  7. Promote their book

  8. Let readers and potential readers to learn more about you and your books

  9. Help blog readers get to know the person behind the book or other product

  10. Search engines love blogs and your information gets to search engines immediately

  11. Give people the opportunity to communicate with you

  12. Comments can give you the chance to see what your blog readers are thinking


For much more information about blog tours, visit my site www.nikkileigh.com to download a copy of The Insider's Guide to Virtual Book Tours.

For details about virtual blog tour options - visit
http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/04/virtual-blog-tour-options.html

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Mirella Patzer and Karen Salmansohn

Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours offers very diverse options this week - you can learn more about resiliency and dealing with crisis. Then you can enjoy an adventure and a treasure hunt in medieval Italy at Bloodstone Castle.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 11

Wednesday, Karen Salmansohn begins a four day visit on Joyce Anthony’s blog. Joyce will share many elements of The Bounce Back Book with us.

Author, Billie Williams hosts Mirella Patzer Wednesday and they share more information about Bloodstone Castle – http://printedwords.blogspot.com/

Wednesday June 11 – http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog Book Summary & Author Biography for Karen Salmansohn and The Bounce Back Book

THURSDAY JUNE 12

http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog An Excerpt from Bounce Back Book

Thursday brings a visit on Ginger Simpson’s blog – http://mizging.blogspot.com/


The Complete Tour Schedule – http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/05/mirella-patzer-virtual-book-tour.html

During the tour, we encourage people to visit each tour stop shown on the schedule. Each comment on any of the tour stops is an entry in the book giveaway. Several copies of Bloodstone Castle will be given away at the end of the month. One will be given to the “best” comment, one for the “most unique and relevant” question. In addition, the blog host where the winning comments were posted will also win a copy of the book. So, visit Mirella, learn more about Bloodstone Castle and post comments. Mirella looks forward to getting to know her readers.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Karen Salmansohn & Mirella Patzer on the Virtual Tour Trail

MONDAY JUNE 9 –


Monday June 9 – http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog - Bloodstone Castle Review. Mirella

Patzer’s visit on Joyce Anthony’s blog ends today with her review of Bloodstone Castle.

Monday June 9 – Visit

http://yvonneperry.blogspot.com/2008/06/mirella-patzer-interview-on-bloodstone.html

and learn more about Mirella in her interview with Yvonne Perry

Monday June 9 – Visit with Karen Salmansohn as she talks with Tristi Pinkton at families.com - http://media.families.com/blog/author-interview-karen-salmansohn

TUESDAY JUNE 10 -

Tuesday June 10 – http://shonnabrannon.wordpress.com/

If you missed any of the tour stops for Mirella Patzer or Karen Salmansohn – you can access them at http://virtualblogtour.ning.com/group/bloodstonecastlewithmirellapatzer and http://virtualblogtour.ning.com/group/bouncebackbook

The Complete Tour Schedule – http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/05/mirella-patzer-virtual-book-tour.html

Friday, June 6, 2008

Weekend Tour Stops

Dig deeper into Mirella Patzer’s background and the details of Bloodstone Castle.


Thursday June 5 – http://detailwithnikkileigh.blogspot.com/


Joyce Anthony begins a four day event on her blog where she highlights many aspects of Mirella Patzer’s book – Bloodstone Castle.


Friday June 6 – http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog Book Summary & Author Biography

Friday June 6 - http://shareyourhero.blogspot.com/ - Meet the hero of Bloodstone Castle


Saturday June 7 – http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog Excerpt from Bloodstone Castle


Sunday June 8 – http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog Interview with Mirella Patzer and Live Chat at 4 pm EST http://pub29.bravenet.com/chat/show.php/2488831080

The Complete Tour Schedule – http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/05/mirella-patzer-virtual-book-tour.html

During the tour, visit tour stops on the schedule and post a comment. Several copies of Bloodstone Castle will be given away at the end of the month. One will be given to the “best” comment, one for the “most unique and relevant” question. So, visit Mirella, learn more about Bloodstone Castle and post comments. Mirella looks forward to getting to know her readers.

Nikki Leigh

www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Eco-Friendly Book Tour Options


Eco - Friendly Book Tour Options

By Nikki Leigh

Each day we hear that the price of gas has hit an “all time high.” Those words don’t seem to mean much anymore. Unfortunately, any “all time high” will be obsolete within a day or two. We each battle the cost of driving and traveling every day. So, what is an author to do if they want to do a book tour to promote their book?

An Environmentally Friendly Book Tour
The environmentally conscious answer is - a virtual book tour. There are many benefits to a virtual book tour over a brick and mortar store tour. These benefits include:

· Conserve gas
· Save money
· Stay home with family
· No need to leave job in order to tour

We've all had book signings where very few people attended. Sadly, book signings aren't the big attraction they used to be – unless it is a big name author. It can be very expensive and disheartening to plan to book signing and have only a handful of people attend. Does that mean that mid list or small press authors can’t have a successful tour? There is another option. I suggest a virtual book tour or a virtual blog tours.

Define a Virtual Book Tour
A virtual book tour is held on the internet and it includes a series of guest appearances over a certain period of time. These appearances can be on blogs, chats, newsletters, radio shows and Web sites. Each online appearance can include: author information, book excerpts, book summary, book synopsis, a guest post about a topic that relates to the book topic or genre, a guest post about writing, author interviews, character interviews, radio show interviews and much more.

Any author can do a book tour from the comfort of their home. Weather has no effect on a virtual tour. Whether you have two feet of snow in your driveway or sweltering heat, you can still have a virtual book tour. It is critical that you have a computer, an internet connection and electricity - but it can definitely be done.

Find Your Target Audience

I highly recommend that the tour of blogs, radio shows, Web sites, etc are held on sites that have themes which are relevant to the book topic or genre. Writing and reader sites are good choices for part of the virtual tour. Any site that attracts the target audience for the book would be a great place to schedule a tour appearance. I explain this in much more detail when I work with an author to coordinate their tour. The virtual “tour” allows authors to reach many people as they travel through the blogosphere. Many people claim to find the target audience in their tours, but look for proof. Getting in front of the people who are interested in the content and who need your book can be very effective.

What’s holding you back? Do you have a book that you would like to promote? It would be great to get more information about how the tour works and what it could do for you. For more information, feel free to visit the Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tour blog - http://www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/. It can be very beneficial to take time to discuss your book promotional goals to see how a virtual book tour can work for you.

Nikki Leigh – Award Winning and Best Selling Author & Publicist (www.nikkileigh.com) is the owner of Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours – www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The First Week of Mirella Patzer's Tour Moves Ahead

Mirella Patzer’s virtual book tour moves into its second and third day -

Tuesday June 3 – http://startatbeginning.blogspot.com/

Tuesday June 3 - Visit www.yvonneperry.net/Writers-in-the-Sky-Newsletter.html to subscribe to Writers in the Sky newsletter and/or to an read interview with Mirella Patzer


If you are not a subscriber of Yvonne Perry’s newsletter – you should take a look and possibly subscribe. She provides a great amount of information each month and its free!

Mirella Patzer visits with Melissa Alvarez today and we invite you to read her interview.

Wednesday June 4 – http://www.melissaalvarez.blogspot.com/

The Complete Tour Schedule – http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/05/mirella-patzer-virtual-book-tour.html. If you missed her interview yesterday, I invite you to visit www.blogtalkradio.com/nikkileigh to learn much more about Mirella and her work.

During the tour, we encourage people to visit each tour stop shown on the schedule. Each comment on any of the tour stops is an entry in the book giveaway. Several copies of Bloodstone Castle will be given away at the end of the month. One will be given to the “best” comment, one for the “most unique and relevant” question. In addition, the blog host where the winning comments were posted will also win a copy of the book. So, visit Mirella, learn more about Bloodstone Castle and post comments. Mirella looks forward to getting to know her readers.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Breaking News - Bloodstone Castle

Promo 101 - BREAKING NEWS BULLETIN

This afternoon, Nikki Leigh, will interview Mirella Patzer about her book Bloodstone Castle. At some time during the show, we will offer a free copy of Bloodstone Castle.

Here are the show details -

Monday June 2 – www.blogtalkradio.com/nikkileigh

Call in number is (347) 215-8201 – Live at 4 pm EST



Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Tour of Bloodstone Castle Begins Today


Mirella Patzer’s Bloodstone Castle virtual book tour kicks off today with a live on air interview with Nikki Leigh. The call in number is listed below. If your schedule allows, feel free to listen or call in. For people who can’t listen live, the show will be available for download after the show.

Monday June 2 – www.blogtalkradio.com/nikkileigh
Call in number is (347) 215-8201 – Live at 4 pm EST (Show is available for download on the site after 5:30 pm EST on June 2.)

The Complete Tour Schedule – http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/05/mirella-patzer-virtual-book-tour.html

During the tour, we encourage people to visit each tour stop shown on the schedule. Each comment on any of the tour stops is an entry in the book giveaway. Several copies of Bloodstone Castle will be given away at the end of the month. One will be given to the “best” comment, one for the “most unique and relevant” question. In addition, the blog host where the winning comments were posted will also win a copy of the book. So, visit Mirella, learn more about Bloodstone Castle and post comments. Mirella looks forward to getting to know her readers.