Monday, April 12, 2010

Question of the Day #523

At Saturday's SCBWI event, I attended a session on virtual book tours. A virtual book tour is a series of scheduled blog or website stops an author can make to discuss their book. Just like an author will physically show up at a book store for a reading and question and answer session, an author will do that online.

Step one was to start a blog. Check.

Step two was to ask five blog friends if they will host a visit.

At that point, I felt very lucky. I've met so many writers through blogging. There's Kelly, the blogosphere's favorite rockerwriter chick. Rena, author of A New Job for Dilly. Jim Danielson, a middle grade fiction writer from the midwest. Ara, an awesome YA writer in San Diego. Tricia J. O'Brien, who couples great photography with her online scribbles.

And they are just the beginning. I've gained a huge network of writer friends through blogging. They provide ideas, tips and encouragement, jokes and a kick in the writerpants when needed.

Most of all, they create a community. Many stops to be made on a virtual book tour, ringing with cheers, every blog along the way.

What do you enjoy about blogging?



  1. Connecting with writers all over the world has been wonderful.

  2. Definitely the connections I've made here. It's a great support network.

  3. Wow, thanks for the shout-out. I have to say the enjoyment has been meeting so many fabulous writers, who are both entertaining and informative. It's amazing that I sit in California at my computer and share experiences with bloggers in New Zealand, Alaska, Japan, Florida. I love it.

  4. Awww, thanks for the shout out!
    I started my blog, because on Verla Kay's blueboard so many authors were doing that and I thought that must be what I should be doing. I found such an incredibly supportive community in writers. I have won blog contests, learned great tips, been entertained, but most importantly fournd true connections with writers who understand the writing world.

  5. Following some of my favourite people/artists, and the sharing of creativity.

  6. I just like to hang out and chat. ; )

  7. Thanks, Suzanne! I enjoy it for a variety of reasons, from learning about writing to just hearing what my friends are up to. I've made a lot of great friends through blogging alone, including YOU! Thank you!


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