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Friday, August 31, 2018

Silver Dagger Book Tours 2 Year Anniversary

Silver Dagger Book Tours is now 2 years old this month! 

Believe it or not, Silver Dagger Book Tours was created and is mainly operated by just one person! 

I used to be just an internet crawler looking for new books and giveaways and stumbled upon book tours. After indulging in many dozens of tours, I decided I'd like to try my hand at blogging in my spare time (with absolutely no blogging experience at all!) I was a book blogger for several companies (and still am) and stuck with it for over 3 years. In that time, I learned all the ropes and became a pretty efficient blogger, but there was still something missing- I wanted to make my posts stand out a bit! So, I started creating small graphics like “about the book” and the other standard graphics that you see in all my tours nowadays and started jazzing my posts up. 

I became pregnant with my second child in the fall of 2015 and me and my hubby decided to try to purchase our first home finally, so I quit my waitressing job to pack up everything for the move and never looked back! 

It took several months of trying to get the ball rolling and was quite difficult at first to get authors to tour with me. Thus, I had an idea to let everybody pay what they can comfortably afford instead of set rates as I thought what some other companies charged were just outrageous! 

Since then, I have done over 1000 tours and worked with hundreds of amazing authors – many who come back for repeat tours! I have 2-3 tours kick off every weekday with occasional tours on the weekends and EVERY tour is required to have a giveaway so readers can gain a little something and have fun while they enjoy learning about new books. 

I have an absolutely amazing group of bloggers that share my tours on their sites and really couldn't have gotten this far without their continued support and would like to thank each and every one of them! Ya'll are amazing! I also have two assistants that help me check links and keep up with blogger activity – Janet, who's been with me over a year, and Laurie, who is a new addition. Ya'll ladies are spectacular and I couldn't do it without you! 

Absolutely everything else is completely run solely by me though and I really enjoy organizing tours and helping new authors get discovered. I don't discriminate and host ALL fictional genres in ALL age ranges as me and my bloggers have a broad range of readers that enjoy many different genres. 

After two years of astronomical tours, I am going stronger than ever now and growing on a daily basis with plans to continue hosting tours for many many years! 

If you are an author interested in booking a tour with me, you can see a general FAQ page and booking HERE

If you are a blogger interested in joining some of my tours, you can see my current sign ups HERE

And sign up for email invites HERE

About Maia:
A third generation local of the historic town of Fredericksburg, TX, I was born and raised among the rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country where the beauty of the landscape is breathtaking and town is famous for the Main Street historic shopping district, the best peaches in the world, wildflowers and wine. I really can't imagine living anywhere else! 

A country girl through and through, I grew up hunting, fishing and digging for Indian artifacts, all the while enjoying the many rivers and swimming holes around town. I'm a stay at home mom with three beautiful boys, ages 9, 2, and 1 that encompass my entire world! 

A bookaholic from birth, I have always had a deep passion for reading and spend many late nights devouring books into the wee hours of the morning. My “real” book collection numbers over 3000 books and take up an entire small room in our house with custom bookshelves built by my husband that I call my “book cave”. I've been building this collection since my childhood and will keep on adding to it for the rest of my life. Of course, I also have a similar collection of ebooks as well as I finally went digital a few years ago. 

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing with my kids, doing DIY renovation projects with my husband, cooking, and relaxing on my back porch with a good cup of coffee while I watch the massive axis deer herd come through the yard. 

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16 comments:

CCAM said...

Congratulations, Maia!!!
You are one of my favourite organizers not only for the media kits you prepare, the variety of the genres but also for the fact that you are a very, very nice person!
XOXOX

imbigwillie said...

Congratulations on 2yrs! I had no idea it was mainly operated by just one person.

KATE SARSFIELD said...

Apart from the fact that your name is wonderful, I know as soon as it pops up in my inbox that you'll have something for me. Many congratulations on all your achievements, Maia!

Laura Thomas said...

I've loved sharing posts for Maia's Silver Dagger Book Tours. She has such a diverse selection of books and authors and is a joy to work with!

Betul E. said...

I love the tours you organize, Maia!
My all time favorite book is The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons.

ShirleyAnn said...

Congratulations on your 2 Year Anniversary! My favourite book is "BOATK" by T J Klune.

Angel's Guilty Pleasures said...

Congratulations on your 2 Year Anniversary!

Bocephallus said...

My favorite author of all time was Ann Rule. She wrote true crime. (jozywails@gmail.com)

CJ said...

Ooh congrats on your achievement!! I've been following your tours from the beginning! :) My favorite book is Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.

Rachel Griesmer said...

Congratulations!

Angela Saver said...

My all-time favorite is The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger! Congratulations to you!! I enjoy your blog!

wendy starnes said...

I enjoy Stewart Woods.

Noma Aguebor said...

My favorite author is Abbi Glines!

Jeanette J said...

Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary. I hope you have many, many more

Jan Lee said...

My favorite author is Stephen King. I love mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, and he's got them all combined in his books! :)

Thomas Mitchell said...

I've followed Silver Dagger Tours for quite some time now and wow I never realized how much work you've done by yourself. Congrats on 2 years.