Today is the first Wednesday of the month. That means, it’s time for Insecure Writer’s Support Group!
My novel, Thanmir War, is epic fantasy. When I released it in December of last year, I hadn’t really thought about a virtual book tour, mostly because I had no clue as to what one was. With the suggestion of a really awesome friend, Melissa Maygrove, I decided to look into them. I turned to trusty Google and realized there were a lot of options. I approached one that had a pretty good rep, and received the following reply.
I would love to take you on for this tour but in my past events with fantasy I have not had much luck getting bloggers signing up for them – it seems I don’t have a large number of tour hosts who read the genre.
Well, that sucked. But they were kind and offered me 3 other suggestions. I pressed on. One was not taking new clients. Another responded with:
Unfortunately, we feel that we don’t have enough tour hosts interested the genre.
…And they gave me 4 other suggestions, two of which weren’t taking new clients. One stated on their website they only took Romance. The other didn’t respond to me for about 2 weeks.
In the meantime, I approached the third of the first suggestions. This one had me really hopeful. She was a book reviewer herself. She had slots in April available. With that in the plan, I politely declined when option 4 from option 2 finally responded.
In February, she backed out of the tour with an apology.
I cried—like those tears you just can’t stop so you scrub the kitchen floor so when people look at you, all they see is the back of your head. My husband cooked me dinner. My sis-in-law mixed me a drink.
After I got over my sobbing, I sat and contemplated my situation. By then, option 4 had changed their services and no longer offered what I wanted. Not to mention my book had been out for 3 months. My spirit had been pretty well crushed. I was hedged with doubt as to whether or not anyone would even read my book (tour or not), and fairly certain I was too late in the game.
I’ve read Crystal Collier’s article about Epic Book Tours. Honestly, I’m still in awe of this woman (for more than just her book tour post). When I go about the next book tour, I plan to follow her advice and try it for myself.
Thanmir War never got its book tour. In the back of my mind, I still replay the conversation between my buddies about how epic fantasy gets less readers than a lot of other genres. To top that, I had the sinking feeling I’d shot myself in the foot with the way I’d written Thanmir War—four separate POVs which eventually converge. (I like to think of it as a frayed rope, where the ends are separate but wind together into one thick cord.) It’s common enough for what I read for enjoyment, but as someone pointed out to me, you start liking a character and then it switches and you’re stuck with someone else for the next however many pages. Like hitting the reset button. Did I kill my momentum? Even so, I wouldn’t have done it differently.
Maybe I’m abnormal for enjoying epic fantasy. Or maybe, I’m just insecure.
What about you? Do you read epic fantasy? What’s your favorite genre?