The All Inclusive US un-tour starts this week!

For All Inclusive‘s US release, I’m “going” a month-long US virtual tour! Each weekday from October 9-November 3, I’ll be visiting a different writing/book blog. There will be interviews, reviews and short pieces about the process of writing the novel. I hope you’ll join in with your comments and questions. Here’s a list of the stops:

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October 9: This and That Book Blog
October 10: Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!
October 11: It’s Raining Books
October 12: The Avid Reader
October 13: Beyond Romance
October 16: Writers and Authors
October 17: Long and Short Reviews
October 18: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
October 19: Kit ‘N Kabookle
October 20: Book Lover Promo
October 23: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
October 24: T’s Stuff
October 25: Dawn’s Reading Nook
October 26: Sharing Links and Wisdom
October 27: Fabulous and Brunette
October 30: Readeropolis
October 31: Books, Dreams,Life
November 1: Edgar’s Books
November 2: BooksChatter
November 3: Harlie Williams, Writer

Book promo and “Ten Things You Can Do To Support Canadian Authors”

I’m enjoying this month of book promo! I met some wonderful people at the ILGCN conference, at a WRIB book club meeting, and in a couple of days I will be heading to Washington (see the “public appearances” page for more info).

I’ve been thinking alot about the Canadian publishing industry and how I wish more people would support Canadian writers. Here is a little tip sheet I created. I wrote an earlier version of this when Stealing Nasreen first came out (and friends and family asked what they could do to help–and it was so heartwarming how they came through for me)…Feel free to add your comments.

10 Things You Can Do To Support Canadian Authors

1. Buy Canadian books, eh! Check out a variety, including those from small presses. Give them as birthday, Christmas, Kwaanza, Festivus and Hanukkah presents. (And don’t forget Valentine’s, Grandparents’ Day and International Day of the Consumer too!)

2. Tell 2 (or 20 friends) about your favourite book. Begin conversations that start with, “Hey! I just read this really fabulous book by an amazing Canadian author…” Carry it with you on the subway, leave it on your desk and other prominent places where people will see it.

3. Tell school or municipal librarians about a book you love. Place a hold on it until it’s available(many libraries use hold statistics to determine the popularity of a book and will order more copies based on this).

4. Ask your local bookstore to order in the book if it’s not already on the shelf. Suggest they invite the author in for a reading. Support independent bookstores whenever you can.

5. Write book reviews on your blog, for the local paper, or your employee newsletter. Many online bookstores (like Amazon) and book blogs have options where you can offer a two sentence review or a ‘thumbs up’ recommendation.

6. When authors leave promotional postcards around, take a few and (actually) mail them to your friends!

7. If you are in a book club, or know someone who is, suggest the book. Sometimes, authors will visit book clubs, so make sure to invite them. I’ve been to several and talked to one group over speaker phone!

8. Suggest an author as a keynote speaker at your next annual general meeting, speakers’ series or special event.

9. Use social networking sites to promote the book or author. Mention them in “status updates” or in special notes. Look for author groups or fan pages and join them. Here’s mine:

10. Vote for politicians who care about the arts and who support arts funding.