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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 by Joe Nassise
BookTour.com – A Useful New Tool

I’m always on the lookout for new tools that can help bring my work to the right audience and while surfing the web this past week I stumbled upon a new site (or, at least, new to me) called BookTour.com.

BookTour bills itself as “the world’s largest 100% free directory of author events” and is designed to allow an author to easily put up a page containing their biography, bibliography, and a list of upcoming engagements and public appearances.  More importantly, as they say, readers can search the database for “the best of what’s nearby.”

The service comes courtesy of Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine and author of The Long Tail, and Kevin Smokler, editor of Bookmark Now and the creator of the Virtual Book Tour.

The site seems easy to use and putting up a page only takes a few minutes of effort.  Events in the BookTour database are automatically sent to their partnership sites, increasing the spread of your information.  While I couldn’t find a full list of such sites, I did discover that you can link your BookTour page with Amazon Central, making your tour appearances show up right on your Amazon Central page, which I think is very cool.  Another neat feature is the ability to have your information included in the email updates they send to subscribers, which lets them learn about author events within a crtain number of miles within their zip code.

While I don’t currently have any events scheduled for the next quarter, I will be ramping up appearances in the spring and BookTour.com looks like it will be a useful tool to help me with that when the time comes.