Hey, Carrie Butler!
I'm going to Disney World!
I must say, Tara, your virtual Disney World is awesome. No crowds, no Floridian heat, and I get to hang out with all of my blogging friends!
Thank you! It's a magical place and perfect for a post tour interview! Let's get started. So tell us, did you obsess about anything? sales? reviews? comments on blog tour stops? and were you surprised at yourself?
Yes—to answer all of your questions. I was constantly flitting about, checking on things, making sure everything was running smoothly. If they weren't, I'd allow myself a few minutes to freak out... and then I'd make a plan of action.
I frequently have a little freak out time. It's refreshing. How did you prepare for the tour and launch?
I started getting serious about three months pre-launch. There were spreadsheets to be made, people to contact, graphics to be created, etc. It was a lot more work than I anticipated, but it was well worth it.
Only three months? I'd start my own now if I had a cover! You did an awesome job in three months! How did you start your launch?
I was actually glued to the Internet all day. There was a virtual release party on Facebook. Fun stuff, I tell you. :)
Definitely talking to the readers/reviewers who enjoyed Strength. Seeing the story through their eyes was such a cool experience.
It's amazing how everyone puts their own personality into a book. It's different for everyone! Could you share something you learned?
I'm not going to over-extend myself next time. The first few days of my tour, I got like three hours of sleep. Self-imposed pressure + trying to be everywhere at once = rookie mistake. Haha!
Thanks for the heads up. But I doubt anyone will be able to sleep the night before their launch! Any advice?
Plan carefully, be reasonable about your commitments, and enjoy the "moment". :)
Exactly. Do as much as you can before the party starts, then leave your cares at the door. And speaking of enjoyment, what is your favorite ride at Disney World? And have you been before?
I actually performed in two Disney parades while I was in high school. Hmm... I would have to say Space Mountain.
Love the parades! How fun! And the classic Space Mountain - usually breaks down at least once every visit these days. I think they are giving it a complete overhaul soon. Great interview, Carrie! And congratulations!
Oh, she's already off and running to the next ride! I will leave you with a shot of Carrie at the Motor Speedway...
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