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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Authors Are Rockstars- Wrap Up


The Authors Are Rockstars Tour has officially ended. While we would have loved to have this continue year-round, it’s time to let those authors go back to writing the books we love so very much.

We are all so amazed, overwhelmed and surprised at the response we got from authors, bloggers and readers alike. We had no idea when we started out that it would get as much attention and support. So we are eternally grateful.

In the end, we had 102 authors and 96 blogs (including our own) participating in this event. And without each and every one of them, this would not have been the success it was. And even though there were just a couple hiccups along the way, for an event as large as this one was, we definitely consider it a win.

If you haven’t had a chance to catch up with all 102 stops on the tour, CLICK HERE, for an updated tour schedule with links that go to each and every stop on the tour. While most of the giveaways will have ended, the posts are so much fun to read and you won’t want to miss them.

We tried to make this event entertaining and showcase some phenomenal authors that we love. We hope we achieved that goal.

We tried to match authors with bloggers who considered them their rockstars and tried to include a variety of authors and bloggers on this tour. We hope we succeeded in that too.

While all the authors on the tour were ones we considered rockstars, it was by no means all inclusive of the authors we think rock! Some authors were unable to participate, some authors may not have received our invitation – apparently SPAM was not our friend – and some authors we may not have reached out to because we couldn’t locate their information or because we had such an overwhelming response to our outreach.

We had hoped for 31 authors, not expecting nearly that many, so hosting 102 was a dream come true!

We hope you learned something new about your rockstar authors, hope that you found a few new authors to call rockstars and hope you had a good time following the tour around this August!

While this was intended as a once-in-a-lifetime event, who knows what may change in a year….

Oh, and before we forget….

As this tour wraps up, we are also wrapping up the mega giveaway we included as part of this month-long event. Stay tuned for the winners’ announcement post next week.

To all of those we owe thanks to….


First and foremost we have to thank every single author for generously volunteering their time and agreeing to be a part of our event. Without them this wouldn’t have been even close to the huge success it was. Their posts were the perfect mix of fun, entertaining, informative and exciting to read. With a tour that consisted of top ten lists, vlogs, interviews, character interviews, excerpts, teasers and more, visiting all the stops on tour provided hours of enjoyment.

And it put some amazing books and authors with upcoming titles on our radars.

We also want to thank them for their generous donations of books and swag and even a character naming. The authors’ time was all we asked for, so their volunteering to give away these prizes was above and beyond our wildest expectations. This event was meant to showcase them not to have them reach into their pockets.

And of course we have to thank the generosity of Harlequin TEEN for supporting each of their authors by donating books and spreading the word about our event and Entangled Publishing for their eBook donations. Both publishers’ support of their authors was an amazing surprise and one we are so incredibly appreciative of.

But they weren’t the only publishers we have to thank for their support. HarperTeen, Macmillan Children’s Books and SimonTEEN were incredibly supportive for spreading the word throughout the month about not only their authors on tour, but the tour as a whole.

And then there are the bloggers. Without their passion and love for the authors they call rockstars we wouldn’t have had an event either. It was their glowing and gushing words of support for the authors they hosted that made visiting each stop on this tour awesome.

We cannot thank them enough for signing up for the event, for writing such rockin’ posts for their authors, for donating their time and efforts to help support this event and even for donating prizes in support of their authors. They, too, are the rockstars of this event and we couldn’t have done it without them!

Last, but not least, we have to thank those readers who visited the stops, who left comments, who discovered new authors, who fell more in love with the authors they did know, and who also supported our event by just being there.
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And from one tour host to another, I would like to thank both Jaime and Patricia for co-hosting this event with me.

Rachel, thank you so very much for making this event even possible! This was your dream, your idea and without that initial email that landed in my inbox I never would have thought of it.

Also thank you for making the graphics and or purchasing them they are gorgeous! And your mad skills at coordinating an event this size absolutely blows my mind! I have no idea how you did the original pairings late one night while I was sleeping. I never would have been able to do this without you. And your generosity with the giveaways has been amazing! Thanks for keeping me sane BFF love you!

Patricia, thank you so much for your help in making this event a success. Your assistance in matching authors and bloggers and your research into finding matches for the new author adds was invaluable. And thank you so very much for spreading the word about the event and visiting the stops on the tour each day.
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Well, we guess that’s about it. If there is anyone we forgot to include in our thanks we are so very sorry. It’s been a whirlwind but we hope that we included you all!
Stay tuned for next week’s prize announcement posts on both blogs. But for now….
It’s a wrap.

5 comments:

  1. I am totally tearing up right now. No joke! You are the awesome one. I've said it before, you are my blogging inspiration. You are smart, fun, dedicated and way more laid back and yet totally pulled together than I could ever be in this lifetime or the next.

    Thank you so much for your amazing words. I'm totally gonna start bawling.

    <3333 you too BFF! And um, bahaha, I kept you sane? You kept me from going completely off the ledge, out of the deep end of the crazy pool more times than I could count! If only you'd gotten up early that one morning when I totally lost it! :) Thank you for making this event a reality because it would never have anything but an idea without you.

    And aw shoot, I'm rambling... Sorry for comment vomit! :)

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  2. This was such a fantastic event!! It was obvious all the work and love that went into this. I really enjoyed reading the posts on all of the different blogs.

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  3. The whole blog tour was A*W*E*S*O*M*E!!! I think book bloggers are rock stars:-) Thanks for helping to put this on~cheers

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  4. Thank you so much for hosting the tour. I loved being a part of it and I loved trading all of the different posts that included some of my favorite authors. You all did an amazing job with it! Thanks again! :)

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  5. This was such a fantastic tour and I'm so honored that I was able to participate. Thank you!!

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