About Pump Up Your Book
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!
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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 and includes 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.
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“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’m so pleased every day when I look at Google Alerts and see our titles all around the blogosphere, so thanks for that!”
“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?”
“…thank you for such a wonderful job – can’t even begin to tell you how impressed I am…”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
– 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. ”