Request for Tour Hosts and Google Whine

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Firstly, I’d like to find out if any of you guys would be willing to host me for a launch tour for my next book release towards the end of December this year. I would email everything to you, and all you’d have to do would be to copy and paste. Anyone who hosts me would get Mobi copies of all my books, including the new release, just in case you don’t already have enough books, with absolutely no expectation that you read any of them. I’ll add a Contact Me page below for if you’d like to so I can get your email address.

Secondly, the very book I’m talking about is sometimes quite painful to work on, and I occasionally get myself well wound up and in need of an internet fix to get out of the zone. So earlier on I did just that and had a little zoom through my Google home page. Massive eyeball burn for me. Blech. I don’t know why some people feel such terrible urges to display their parts for unsuspecting scribblers to stumble upon. Rotten pervs. At least it got me out of the zone. I checked the purveyor of gnarly appendages profile, and realised that if I’d had a proper look to begin with I would never have added him to my circles. More blech.

Up to now I pretty much always follow back everyone who follows me. Twitter is easy to see if a site posts actual pornographic pictures, and obviously I’m not going to follow those, although I do quite happily follow and retweet erotica writers. Even though I don’t read or write it, I find them a really supportive and happy bunch of scribblers. It seems counterproductive to me to only follow other writers though, when it’s the people who don’t write who will hopefully turn into future readers, so I’ve always been a follow back bunny and try to interact with a broad spectrum of people.

On Google though, it’s a schlep to open everyone’s profile, especially if you have multiple new followers at a time, and you’re busy busy busy, so generally I just add them all with the Add All button. I won’t be doing that anymore though. I also had a clear out of unfollowers while I was at it today. I follow a lot of sites on all platforms that don’t follow me back, and I don’t expect them to. I’m following because what they have to share interests me. But ninety percent of those I follow is generally out of courtesy because they followed me first. Those arb people who follow thousands on Twitter and then unfollow the lot in one go are all over the place. Google will have the green Friends icon beneath someone’s avatar if you have them in your circles, regardless of whether they have you in theirs, and I’ll always support a friend if I see they’re trying to promote something or get a message across. But I don’t see the point of helping out some tool who is just using me as a number on his massive followers list. In case anyone’s having similar problems there’s a cool app that can help. Circloscope is the G+ equivalent of JustUnfollow on Twitter so the purge was pretty painless today, but definitely no more following back just because I’m nice anymore.

So after that tiny, totally un-blog tour related rant, I’ll add the form and hold thumbs that someone signs up.

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45 thoughts on “Request for Tour Hosts and Google Whine

    Charles Yallowitz said:
    November 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Reblogged this on Legends of Windemere and commented:
    Sign up to help a fellow author promote her upcoming book.

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    philipparees said:
    November 19, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Reblogged this on INVOLUTION: Science and God: Mavericks and Inspiration and commented:
    Jo Robinson, a fellow SouThefrican is a generous supporter of others. She is looking for blog tour hosts.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you Philippa! Got your email too, so MORE thanks! 🙂 XX

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    1WriteWay said:
    November 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for the tip about Google, Jo. I often forget that I even have that account 😉 Like you, I don’t like being followed or following just for to be a tool. I’ve gotten stingy actually with who I follow back or accept in my circles since, really, there’s only so many hours in a day …
    Good luck with your new book. I’ve signed up 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks so much Marie! Got your email. 🙂 I’m definitely going to be a lot stingier now – it’s quite time consuming to find and zap those guys building massive followings by unfollowing. 🙂 XX

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    November 19, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Could anyone please offer hospitality for our great friend Jo Robinson for her new book launch in December – all you have to do is cut and paste….thank you Sally

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    coldhandboyack said:
    November 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Tell us about the book. Is it speculative enough that my readers might be interested? Perhaps an adventure would work too.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      This particular one isn’t sci-fi or fantasy, although I will be running a giveaway of my already published books with the launch of this one, and Shadow People is sci-fi/fantasy. My short, The Visitation is a bit speculative. 🙂

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        coldhandboyack said:
        November 20, 2014 at 2:04 pm

        I’m up for hosting one of your speculative or more adventurous releases. I’ll even host this one if you need a backup slot.

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          November 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm

          Thanks! The next book in my Shadow People series will be up next – late January or early February, and it’s definitely more your kind of thing, so yes please! 🙂

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    Nicholas C. Rossis said:
    November 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Just in case the submit form doesn’t work, count me in 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 20, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      I’ve got it – thanks LOTS Nicholas – this is so exciting I think I might pop. 🙂

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    November 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Likewise me Jo – give me a date to reserve for you 😀

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 20, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Thank you Chris – I really appreciate this! I’m planning on using the last week in December as launch week, so whichever date that suits you there will be brilliant, and I’ll email the post well in advance too. HUGS! 😀

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    November 19, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog….. An Author Promotions Enterprise! and commented:
    Author Jo Robinson is looking for “A New Book Launch Tour” hosts.
    Please go to Jo’s blog to use the form 😀

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    John W. Howell said:
    November 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Jo, Sent the info and would love to host.

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    Hugh's Views and News said:
    November 19, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Count me in, Jo 🙂 have submitted the form.

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    lucciagray said:
    November 19, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Reblogged this on Rereading Jane Eyre and commented:
    I hope some of you will accept this invitation to play it forward and support fellow blogger and writer Jo Robinson with her next book launch. Read on!

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    lucciagray said:
    November 19, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Just reblogged and posted on twitter. Good luck!

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    P.S. Bartlett said:
    November 19, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Reblogged this on Author P.S. Bartlett.

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    halfeatenmind said:
    November 19, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I don’t even pay that much attention to Google+ myself…but definitely see your point about Twitter being full of oddballs. Same here, I point-blank refuse to follow anyone who posts or has graphic content on their profile in Twitterland. Some birds are not worth watching.

    Vijay

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      LOL! …Some birds are not worth watching…. Too right! I thought that posting stuff like that was illegal, but I guess I’m wrong. There are way too many perverts out there. 🙂

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    Sherri said:
    November 19, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Would love to help my lovely friend. Let me know 🙂 ❤ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    Karen said:
    November 19, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Count me in, Jo. My entries were not saved. 😦
    mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress….

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 20, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Got yours Karen – thank you so much! I’m amazed at how nicely the Contact Me box worked this time – sometimes things go missing there. 🙂

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    olganm said:
    November 19, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I filled the form too. Good luck (I don’t go by Goodle often and now instead of friending I’ve started just following people I don’t really know there…) I take note of your tip.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 20, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Got it – thank you Olga! I think G+ is better for marketing because of Google’s search engines and visibility – FB is more for friends and family. There are definitely a LOT more perverts on Google though – wow! 🙂

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    theowllady said:
    November 20, 2014 at 3:14 am

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.

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    Ronovan said:
    November 22, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Like can I host you on RonovanWrites?

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    Ronovan said:
    November 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Reblogged this on Lit World Interviews and commented:
    Who wants to host LWI’s Very Own Jo Robinson for the launch of her next book release? Just click and go to her blog and let her know. I have begged to do it!!!!

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    kathyrollinson said:
    November 30, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Jo. Thank you for ‘liking’ my Ian Govan Award. Are you entering it? I have written a story ‘Where Lies My Heart’, part of which is set in Africa.

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    kathyrollinson said:
    December 21, 2014 at 5:55 pm

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