When it became obvious that the Kickstarter portion of Hope Tour would not fund, we began exploring other options, and today, I've announced to our authors what that plan will be. Here it is in a nutshell:
The new Hope Tour
Have you ever heard of Flat Stanley? We’re going to do something similar, with our own creation of “Magnificent Hope” who will “travel” around the world visiting all the participating authors. She will be photographed and/or videotaped with authors as they do different things, and then we’ll blog about her adventures. After she’s spent 2 or 3 days with one author, she’ll “travel” to the next one, and so on.
The main purpose of the Hope Tour is to promote books and authors. As we progress through the tour, we’ll be talking about books, sharing books, even giving away books. I will also be offering some contracts during the tour, so we’ll celebrate and promote those, too.
Part of the project will be to get readers involved in Hope Tour, so we’re going to have a contest. Participating authors will take a picture with Magnificent Hope at a tourist attraction. We’ll post that picture, and readers have to guess “Where in the world is Magnificent Hope?” The person with the most correct guesses (we’ll create a tiebreaker of some sort) at the end of the tour will win a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, a coupon for all of our WIP and PNP e-books, and an Amazon or B&N gift card (depending on which reader they choose). (Our authors, sponsors, and their immediate families aren’t eligible to win, but their friends and fans are!)
Another aspect of Hope Tour will be mission-oriented. We want to show our authors involved in charity work of some sort, so Magnificent Hope can be involved there as well. Our purpose is to give HOPE in all we do. One author is planning a visit to a local children’s hospital, where we’ll give away copies of our soon-to-be-released children’s book. Another author is involved with the homeless ministry through her church, so we’re making plans to do something there.
So, Hope Tour will go on - just in a different way. If you wish to be a part of the tour - by participating in some of the events or by transferring your pledge directly to help fund all we plan to do, please send me a note, and we'll make the arrangements.
Thank you for supporting Hope Tour - we appreciate you so very much.
Be sure to keep an eye out for Magnificent Hope this summer. She may be coming to a location near you!