Not exactly what we mean by “launching” your book 🙂
Are you currently writing a book? Is there a little niggle in the back of your brain that is telling you, “I wonder if I should start working on a plan for my book launch.” Kathy Meis of Bublish has put together some nice information about what to think about and put in your book launch plan. There are many things you can do, and Kathy doesn’t mention them all, of course, but she’s got some good ideas and reiterates things you probably already know but haven’t gotten around to doing.
Keep in mind, even if your book is already out there and you want to implement some of these things, it’s really never too late. Earlier is always better but do what you can when you can and slowly work you and your book into the reading public’s eye. She is definitely correct in that if you want your book(s) to be a commercial success, you have to treat your book like a business, which requires time and a bit of money.
Thanks for your insights, Kathy!
NOTE: I am not endorsing Bublish or Alliance of Independent Authors in any manner – I actually don’t know anything about them other than I’ve heard their name around the book word.
Thought I’d share this bit of information for those who aren’t sure what a galley or an ARC is and a link to some specifics. And I’m not talking about that kind of galley.
The post is written by Chris Robley, but I think Chris is a bit behind the times. I think a print galley is fine, but I’ve used ebook galleys a lot more often. It’s cheaper for the self-published author and most serious readers have ereaders anyway and like to use them.
Make sending out ebook galleys (and paper books if you like) part of your prelaunch list.