VBT Frequently Asked Questions
A: Glad you asked. For an in-depth answer, see our About the VBT section.
A: Good question. For information on our pricing, please see our Rates section.
A: Not very. Virtual Touring mostly consists of typing in a box and hitting "send", not much different than sending email. Each tour sites will brief you on how to participating on their site. The tour director will be available throughout the tour to answer your questions.
A: At least 2 hours a day throughout the length of the tour. Tours can range from 1 day to two weeks.
A: Could be any number of things, but most likely it comes down to the VBT being a tiny shop run almost completely by volunteers. There's an enormous amount of labor involved in touring and we simply don't have the labor power to put on tours for every author that wants them. Also many books fall out of the scope of our expertise and therefore wouldn't benefit from a tour anyway.
A: We do literary fiction and nonfiction and some memoir. It's all we know. Self-help, how to, spiritual, business, politics, technical, straightforward genre lit and romance are out of our realm. We simply wouldn't be helpful.
A: We can't guarantee their quality or distribution, which makes giving them a tour rather silly.
A: The VBT only uses sites where the owners will be fair and honest. Anyone deliberately cutting up a book for their own enjoyment will be automatically banned from the present and all future tours. That said, the site owner doesn't always like the touring book and we can't ask them to lie. We simply ask them to be respectful because, fundamentally, the tour is meant to bring together readers, authors, and books, not use the web as a shilling platform.
A: On our first tour, reported Amazon sales were up 25%. Moreover, the benefits include exposure to new readers and being at the forefront of how books will be promoted in the 21st century.
A: Are they?