Fiona Robyn's Blogsplash

Here's an interesting take on the virtual book tour; the book itself will be on tour! Fiona Robyn is going to blog her next novel, Thaw, starting on the 1st of March next year. The novel follows 32 year old Ruth’s diary over three months as she decides whether or not to carry on living.

To help spread the word she’s organising a Blogsplash, where blogs will publish the first page of Ruth’s diary simultaneously (and a link to the blog).

She’s aiming to get 1000 blogs involved – if you’d be interested in joining in, email her at or find out more information at

I'm taking part, why don't you?  It's an interesting experiment, kind of like the free taster stands in the supermarket, and gives a larger sample of the book than Amazon's 'search inside' facility.  I know Shya Scanlon's been serialising his novel, Forecast, over a variety of online litmags, and I think it's been a great success, but this seems like a more personal touch - the rest of the chapters will all be on Fiona's own site, but the first chapter will reach so many more people via this saturation technique.  Hopefully people will still buy the physical book, though!

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