Saturday, January 30, 2010

Closing Shop

Dear Readers and Participants in Virtual Book Tour de 'Net:

I started this blog in 2007 after the MuseOnline conference because I was inspired by the power of the Internet and viral marketing to make people's work known. I envisioned VBTdN as part of a great cooperative, where I would tour people's books and they in turn would tour mine and others on the VBTdN website. When that idea didn't blossom, I contented myself with touring books just as a service.

After two years, however, I find that the hits on this blog are still low, and most of the comments are coming from people that author directed toward the site--i.e., people who already know their books. It's just not as effective as I'd hoped. At the same time, book blogs have sprung up everywhere, along with many social groups dedicated to just books. What I'm doing isn't unique anymore.

Meanwhile, my home life has gotten even busier, and as two of my children entered high school, I found their need for me increased as we ready them for adulthood. I need not only to cut time but things that draw my attention away from a few core items.

Therefore, I'm closing down this blog, at least for the time being.

I plan on restarting, and may on occasion comment on books I'm reading, but they'll be books I've chosen to read, not books I've promised to review. I'll also be talking about writing my own books and about my favorite things--sci-fi, fantasy, and faith.

It's been a fun run, and I'm glad to have been a part of the Internet marketing move. I enjoyed learning about each of your books and your goals as writers. I wish all of you the best of luck. Please look for me at one of these social sites and keep in touch. (if you like dragons and satire, register on the site)


Karina L. Fabian


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