Book Your Tour
Writing your book is the easy part. Selling your book is tougher.
Taking a virtual book tour trip into the homes of thousands of bloggers, readers and book buyers is the answer. Planning a virtual book tour is a time-consuming task for authors who would rather be writing more books and that’s where we can help.
Pump Up Your Book handles all of the aspects of virtual book touring from pre-buzzing your book before the tour starts to making sure buyers will find your book long after the tour is over. If you are the author of a newly published book, have an upcoming release or just want to give a previously published book new life, a virtual book tour is your ticket.
We take care of everything so you don’t have to. We set your tour up with book bloggers who will advertise your book by way of interviews, guest posts and reviews. We set you up on radio shows where applicable. We act as the go between so you can write.
All of our tour hosts’ blogs have passed our crucial tests so you won’t end up on blogs that aren’t worth your time. Not only do we advertise your “stops,” but the book bloggers do, too. It’s a win-win situation for them as they get more hits and a win-win situation for the author as well.
A virtual book tour with us is all about getting your book information to as many people as we can and minimizing the bruises along the way.
One of our company’s secrets is that you don’t need to pay thousands of dollars to get the same top-of-the-line performance you can get from us by paying less. You may have noticed that Pump Up Your Book has quite a few authors whose books have become Amazon bestsellers and we’re happy with the results. Who knows? One of your books could be Pump Up Your Book’s next bestseller. Meanwhile, browse the site and see if you like what you see and contact us to represent your book!
Please note that we will be promoting your book to our over 6,000 Twitter followers, over 5,000 Facebook followers and we will be sending your book information to our email list with over 500 bloggers with high standards in virtual book tour policies.
If you would like to find out more about our packages, please fill out the form below.
Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions:
Q: What do you charge?
All our packages are listed in the top navigation bar. Click on the contact page and email us for prices.
Q: How do I pay? I didn’t notice a pay button on your blog.
Before you pay, we like to find out more about your book to see if it would be a good candidate for a virtual book tour. Most books are, but before we get to that step, we need to find out more about your book. When you sign up, we will send you an application which will not only be questions you need to answer about your book, but the information for payment is there as well. We accept personal checks, money orders and Paypal. Paypal is set up to take your credit card and is very secure.
Q: I am setting up my own virtual book tour, but would like to hire you as a supplement to my own efforts. Can we combine both efforts into one?
Sure! I have a few clients who are finding their own “stops,” but they do not count toward the required amount we are hired to find for you.
Q: How long have you been in business?
Pump Up Your Book has been in operation since 2007. We started out with one client and now we average 30+ authors per month and we have a staff of five to make sure each tour gets personal attention.
Q: I have an ebook to promote. Can I tour, too?
Of course! We have handled lots of ebook tours quite successfully.
Q: What do you think about self-published books?
We LOVE self-published authors. We understand their frustrations and what we do is give them a leverage playing field amongst books that are traditionally published.
Q: I have books in a series. Can I book one tour for all of them?
Absolutely! We have put together many tours of books in series. No problem and no extra charge for doing so.
Q: How far ahead do we need to book our tour with you?
A good rule of thumb is to make sure the books are going to be available to send to reviewers one month prior to touring. You can book your tour ahead of time but in deciding which month to book, make sure you are absolutely certain when books can be shipped to the reviewers. A good six weeks lead is the preferred amount of time we need to make sure you get the best book publicity we can offer.
Q: How do we contact you?
“Thank you so very, very much for a fantastic book tour!! I’m thrilled by the all the positive response and terrific PR I received throughout the tour. Please give my sincere thanks to the wonderful bloggers who participated. I feel tremendously blessed by their kindness! The interviewers asked interesting questions. And the reviews were so thoughtful and insightful! I’m also thrilled by my appearances on news and other media sites. The Pump Up Your Book tour was well-organized, professionally conducted, and results-oriented!! I wish I could start all over again. :)”
– Terri Guiliano Long, author of IN LEAH’S WAKE
“I invested in a three month virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Books promotions for my noir thriller, Moonlight Falls. Not only did the marketing campaign work wonders for spreading the word about the new novel, in the very last month, on the very last day of the tour, Moonlight Falls became an Amazon Kindle bestseller!”
–Vincent Zandri, author Moonlight Falls and The Remains
“Dot, I just want to let you know that your book tour is the greatest I’ve ever imagined! You just do a most awesome job. I feel like I’m all over the internet! Thanks so much for all your care and brains! This is an author tour with heart!
- Lilian Duval, author of YOU NEVER KNOW: TALES OF TOBIAS AN ACCIDENTAL LOTTERY WINNER
“I finished a two week mini virtual tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion that ended on the 14th. It was a very positive experience consisting of guest blog posts, interviews, and reviews. The reviews for Schooled In Lies have been excellent so far, although I still need some Amazon reviews…hint…hint! Click here for the links to my stops. I highly recommend Pump Up Your Book virtual tours. Dorothy Thompson is a sweetheart and made the entire process painless.”
–Angela Henry, Schooled in Lies
“…This has been an awesome experience!!!”
–Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of WENCH
“…I’ve really enjoyed working with you these past 2 months. Your encouraging comments and always funny upbeat personality has been the highlight of each and every day we prepared for this tour. I’ll be sad when it’s all over. :( I highly recommend you to any author looking for an online publicist.”
–Victoria Simcox, author of THE MAGIC WARBLE
“The “good press” about you is no lie! I’m very happy about the mention in the Chicago Sun Times! Yay!”
–Joanne Sundell, author of Meggie’s Remains
“The world of publishing has changed so dramatically that it’s imperative to go where people are reading and talking about books and buying them – which is online. Dorothy Thompson came highly recommended and she has been great!”
–Gary Morgenstein, author of Jesse’s Girl
“This tour has been wonderful as was the first – I hope you are booked solid for August. Your presentational data is so well done and professionally presented – you truly represent us so individually and in the best light. I hope all of your clients really understand and appreciate what you provide and what it takes to bring it all together. You personalize each person (client) and really extend yourself in every way. And you are so honest and basically very up-front in fulfilling all of your activities. As I always say, “You are such a sweetheart!””
–Angus Munro, author of Full House But Empty
“I have absolutely loved touring with Pump Up Your Book Promotion because they have been a pleasure to collaborate with and I can´t imagine a way to make the process simpler than they have made it. I take off my hat to Dorothy Thompson and her staff!”
–Dr. David Gruder, The New IQ
“I’m so pleased every day when I look at Google Alerts and see our titles all around the blogosphere, so thanks for that!”
–World Ahead Media
“Dorothy Thompson is the Queen of the Virtual Tour. She knows her business. Dorothy has gotten me more publicity in a shorter time than all of the other pr people I have worked with put together. In addition, she has opened a new world of internet marketing to me. She has definitely moved me up the search engines. And that’s what we authors want, isn’t it?”
– Judi Moreo, author of YOU ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH: EVERY WOMAN’S GUIDE TO PURPOSE, PASSION, AND POWER
“…thank you for such a wonderful job – can’t even begin to tell you how impressed I am…”
– Jane Green, NY Times Bestselling author of SECOND CHANCE
“The Pump Up Your Book Promotion staff is a remarkable group of professional people who baby sit you through your entire tour. I highly recommend them. They treat your book like it’s their book.”
– Garasamo Maccagnone , St. John of the Midfield
“I’m so thrilled—Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life won the CSPA Book of the year! This is a popular award, so publicity played as big a role as quality of the book. I want to thank you for all the hard work you did arranging this book tour back in June. It helped immensely to get the word out, and to get reviews and interested readers.”
– Karina Fabian, author of Why God Matters
“I don’t think people realize how much work it is to promote your book. Jeez, writing the book is the easy part!!! I really thank Dorothy for putting my virtual tour together. I’ve had a few other writers ask me if I did this. My writing mentor was very impressed. But I told them I wouldn’t have even known where to start. Sure you can ask a few friends to host you, but how do get the schedule together without going crazy? There’s no way I could have done the tour by myself.”
– Kim Baccellia, author of EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA
“When I began promoting the release of “Only Moments” I contracted a very high image Public Relations company. I got a few radio interviews but not one review, and no web exposure whatsoever. I only wish that I had met Dorothy Thompson and her “Pump Up Your Book Promotion” a few months earlier. Her tireless commitment gave me exposure beyond my expectations and at a tenth of what I paid one of the best Public Relations firms in the country.”
– Nick Oliva, author of ONLY MOMENTS
“Dorothy is a wonderful resource for promoting your book. I highly recommend her blog tour for authors who want to get the most out their publicity dollars.”
– Yvonne Perry, author of RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America
“Dorothy is amazing! She’s taught me so much about promoting books on the internet and she’s got a heart of gold.”
–Kathy Holmes, author of REAL WOMEN WEAR RED
“Get in touch with the Pump Up Your Book Promotion people…they are the best!”
–Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
“It’s been great working with you! You’ve made the book marketing process fun. I’d recommend your service to any newly published author.”
– Deborah Woehr, Prosperity: A Ghost Story
“I have shared your site and services with all of the authors at Bella Books and Spinsters Ink, and I hope some of them take advantage of your
services. so far, I am really pleased, and I have had nothing but rave reviews about my trailer. I love it!”
– Linda Kay Silva, Across Time
“First of all, the virtual world is entirely new to me, and discovering it has been a great adventure. And then Dorothy Thompson has been wonderful, working so hard on my behalf, getting me reviews, and interviews like this one, giving me an opportunity not just to talk about my book, but to meet a world of new and interesting people. And I’ve been so touched by how welcoming and kind and interested you (Rebecca Camarena) and other hosts have all been.”
– Camille Marchetta, author of The River, By Moonlight (as quoted on Rebecca Camarena’s blog at Paperback Writer)
“This has been a wonderful experience. Dorothy Thompson and her whole team are very committed to each author, take each author’s tour very seriously, and work towards maximum exposure in the right places. This is the best book promotion expenditure I’ve made in terms of return on investment. I highly recommend Pump Up Your Book Promotion.”
– Phyllis Zimbler Miller, author of MRS: LIEUTENANT
“This past month has been just amazing. Thank you so much for all you did to get the word out there…I loved your emails, always sprinkled with good humor and good sense…I look forward to VBTing with you again in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month.”
– Linda Merlino, author of BELLY OF THE WHALE
“The tour’s going really well – my amazon book sales are up and the blog postings are storming up the google search pages…”
– Gabriella Goddard, author of GULP!
“I have found my virtual book tour experience to be thought provoking and illuminating. It has made me think my book and my writing in much more thoughtful manner. I truly believe that virtual book tours help writers and inform readers, and I know that I will be doing one for all of my future novels.”
– Bernadette Steele, author of THE POETRY OF MURDER
“(The tour)…was 10 times harder than writing the book. Would I do it again? Sure. It was challenging but it was fun.”
– Tony Robles, author of JOEY GONZALEZ, GREAT AMERICAN
“My publisher just told me that JANEOLOGY is going back for a second printing. That means sales are going strong! I’m sure much of this has to do with my blog tour. Woo hoo! I’m having fun and I guess you can’t ask for more than that!”
– Karen Harrington, author of JANEOLOGY
“I want to thank you for all the great work you did for my first virtual tour. You were a delight to work with!”
–Sean McCartney, author of THE TREASURE HUNTERS CLUB: THE SECRETS OF THE MAGICAL MEDALLIONS
“That went really fast! I am so glad I signed up for this tour as it has really helped to spread the word about Fifo, and that helped to win the Mom’s Choice Award…so thank you very much, Dorothy!”
– Haylen Rose, author of FIFO ‘FIFTY STATES’
“My paperback sales went up overnight. THANKS TO YOU!!! My sales were zero before I started my tour.”
– Lilian Duval, author of YOU NEVER KNOW
“The woman to know for an author from the leading blog tour company Pump It Books.”
– Bri Clark, author of GLAZIER
“Dorothy is a phenominal woman and an incredible resource for authors. She is also a pleasure to work with; a veritable writer’s dream.”
Chad Coenson, Author
“Dorothy’s expertise comes from a place where all successful and fundamentally sound American enterprises spring: research and fairness. ”
– J.W. Nicklaus, Author