Launching a Book

So many things are involved, trying to get a book to launch. It’s nice being “just the author” because I don’t have to deal with some things like the printer. That author title does mean I have to think about a lot of other things, though!

It’s all about promotion. This is not entirely on my shoulders, but the more I can do to get the word out and generate excitement, the better this book may do.

I’m looking around for some new fun ideas to make this launch cool. I have until the end of April, though I know there will be other demands on my time soon.

Media kit, press releases, appearances, scheduled readings… I’ve been wondering what part of the book I ought to read to get people interested. I don’t want to read the end, because that seems like it’d give away too much of the book. I don’t know if I want to read the beginning, but it does seem like a solid place to start. I don’t know if I read something from the middle if it will make enough sense without a huge lead-in. So many things I don’t know – but I will admit them.

One thing I’m glad for, it sounds like the latest the doctors would induce me with this baby would make her old enough to stay with Dad while I’m doing these things.

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Almost there…

With only a couple days until I get my copy to review before publication, I’m sitting on pins and needles. I received the final copy of the cover. It’ll be up on the other page by the end of the weekend.

It seems to be moving so fast now. It’ll be done before I know it!

In other news, I’ll be finishing up my media kit so we’re ready to run with it when we make sure there are no flaws (read: as few as humanly possible).

I also want to have a book launching party. While it’d be easiest to do in Des Moines near where I live, I wonder about the best location. I think I might be able to do a reading at the library, but other than that I’m still thinking of ways to reach the people. The next question, of course, is when.

Then there could be an online aspect to a book launch. Could be a fun way to go. Again there is a timing issue.

After that, we shall see!