A Comparison of Book Blog Tour Services

This is a post I did a while ago on my old blog site.  It’s one of my most popular, so I thought I’d transfer it over here.  And if you’ve had experience with these or other tour companies, I encourage you to tell me your experiences.

Book Blog Tours are a relatively new phenomenon and, while you can organize your own, it can be difficult without the proper connections and, with the cost of some of these tours, really not worth it. These companies promote their tours through a range of online media and, frankly, do all the work for you so you can focus on other things, like preparing your guest blog posts.  Though a service, a tour can be put together frequently with less notice than on your own and with far less hassle.

So I asked myself.  What are the various companies and how do they compare?

While this is hardly a comprehensive list, I tried as best I can to find as many services as possible for you to peruse.  Each service is slightly different and I also tried to highlight the things I felt were important between them, though they often have widely varying services, like Goddess Fish will make book trailers and Worldwind will make tour graphics for a price, even if you are not touring with them.

So, without further ado…

PRICE COMPARISON

Tour Company

Release Day

One Week (5-7)

Two Weeks (7-10)

One Month (15-20)

Twitter Party

Bewitching

35

40

65

110

30

Virtual Book Tour Cafe

50

75

Enchanted

19

29

49

69

19

Sizzling

15

25

35

TLC

549

699

Goddess Fish

45

80

135

Worldwind

100

130

BEWITCHING BOOK TOURS

http://bewitchingbooktours.blogspot.com/p/tour-pricing.html
This company seems to be able to hand a large quantity of tours at the same time with an impressive number of tour hosts.  Specializing in paranormal, urban fantasy, and paranormal erotica.  This company does a pretty decent job with the tour buttons.  The site does not make any guarantees about how many book reviews you’ll get because it depends on host participation, only the number of blogs you will be hosted on.  It offers a variety of different types of posts.  Includes tour buttons in packages.

Tour Packages Range from $35-155

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Example blog tour button for Bewitching Book Tours.

ENCHANTED BOOK PROMOTIONS

http://www.enchantedbookpromotions.com
I also like the tour buttons this company does and their new site is so much better than their old one (which looked like it was designed for a five year old obsessed with Disney Princesses).  Includes tour banner in packages.

Tour Packages Range from $19-249

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Example of Enchanted Book Promotions tour banner.

GODDESS FISH PROMOTIONS

http://www.goddessfish.com/tours.htm
Not overly enthused with the quality of their banners.  They specialize in romance fiction (in all its sub-genres: fantasy, suspense, paranormal, historical, etc), other genre fiction (mystery, SFF, etc) and Young Adult / Middle Grade fiction.  Includes tour banners in packages.

Tour Packages Range from $30-225 (With Book trailer)

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Example of Goddess Fish Promotions tour banner.

WORLDWIND VIRTUAL BOOK TOURS

http://worldwindvirtualbooktours.weebly.com/services.html
The one day includes a $50 Amazon gift card, which will be raffled away as part of the package.  The packages don’t exactly match up with some of the other sites I’ve reviewed here.  The $130 package is 15 tour stops in 1-2 weeks.  Packages include a tour banner, which are among the best I’ve seen.  This is a brand new company, but I really like their banners and there’s no limit on the number of stops for each package.  That’s the minimum stops for your tour, which is unique and is one of the reasons I like this company, despite the higher price point for their tours.

Tour Packages Range from $100-260

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Example of Worldwind Virtual Book Tours banner.
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Example of Worldwind Virtual Book Tours banner.

EVERYTHING ELSE…

Sizzling PR
http://sizzlingpr.com/services/
Packages include tour graphics.  Single cheapest package.

Tour Packages Range from $15-70

Virtual Book Tour Cafe
http://www.virtualbooktourcafe.com/virtual-book-tour-package.html
Packages include a static banner.

Tour Packages Range from $35-360

TLC Book Tours
http://tlcbooktours.com/services/
I’m not overly fond of their website as they do not list any rates on their site.  It doesn’t say anything about other forms of promotion.  They focus on book reviews and getting books noticed by book clubs.  I can’t, honestly, see a lot of new authors choosing this options.

Tour Packages Range from $549-1456

These last two had no information on their sites and I never got responses from the people involved so…

Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Tours
http://virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/what-can-virtual-book-tours-do-for-you/#comment-2916

Lit Fuse Publicity
http://litfusegroup.com/services/blog-tours

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Example graphic from Sizzling PR.
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Example tour banner from Virtual Book Tour Cafe.
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Example tour banner for Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Tours.
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Example tour banner for Lit Fuse Publicity.

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