Balthazar Rodrigue Nzomono-Balenda is not only an author and a poet, but also a student, multimedia designer and translator. His previous books include The Depth of My Soul and The Struggle for Power and the Fight for Survival. Balthazar became interested in poetry by accident in 2003 when he wasn’t satisfied with the way things were going in his early studies and in the Danish society. His latest book is Freedom of Press: The Sitting Duck. You can visit Balthazar on the web at http://www.redroom.com/author/balthazar-rodrigue-nzomono-balenda.
Rodrigue will be on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours in September ’09, and is here with us today to give his impression of virtual book tours and online book marketing.
Thank you for this interview, Rodrigue. Can we start out by having you tell us briefly what your new book is about?
My book is about freedom of press being under attack by criminals and those who hire them to kill journalists. I use poetry to express my frustrations about the hostility journalists face in countries like: Turkey, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Mexico, Russia and many other countries around the world that cannot tolerate an independent press. I also use poetry to tell stories about the dangers, joy, sorrows journalists face in connection with their reporting.
More and more authors are realizing the potential for sales that derives from virtual book tours. Can you tell us your personal reasons why you chose a virtual book tour to help get the word out about your new book?
I choose a virtual book tour because I want to bring awareness about our universal values thorough my book. Being in a virtual book tour gives me higher opportunities to promote my book. I have an opportunity to share stories behind my book with other authors and also listen to their stories. Being in a virtual book tour gives me an opportunity to inspire someone who is struggling to promote his/her work, by writing guest posts about my journey as an author.
Is this the first time you have heard of them?
I didn’t understand your question, but this isn’t the first time I am promoting my book by choosing a virtual tour.
What do you hope to achieve through promoting your book through a virtual book tour?
What I want to achieve with my book tour is my message; our forefathers have sacrificed their lives so that we can have the fundamental rights that have made us who we are today and freedom of press is one of our values. I want to tell my readers that you fight for freedom when it’s there, not when it’s gone. I am not a journalist, but I support the right to an independent press, so that journalists can do their reporting freely. We may not always agree with them, but there are ways to deal with disagreements than silencing the freedom of press.
Do you promote online through other means? Website? Blog?
Yes I do promote in other websites as well like in Flickr.
Check it out here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bnbalenda/3785200280/
Do you promote through Twitter and Facebook? What are your links there?
Yes I do promote on both Facebook and Twitter.
My Facebook fan page is : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Balthazar-Rodrigue-Nzomono-Balenda/62700587511
And my Twitter page is www.twitter.com/brnbalenda.
What are your experiences with offline booksignings? Which do you prefer – online or offline and can you give us the reasons why?
I have never experienced anything with offline booksigings, neither with online booksignings. That’s why I can’t comment in this question.
Here’s a fun question. If money was no object, how would you promote your book?
If money was no object for me, I would promote my books with both Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
Thank you for this interview, Rodrigue . Do you have any final words?
I hope for the best with my newest book and I am looking forward to meet readers and discuss this topic with them.
If you would like to follow Rodrigue’s tour, visit here!