Thursday, September 6, 2012

I Need Your Help For a Book Launch

Until recently, I have not done official book launches, choosing instead to simply e-publish, do a blog tour, and rely on word-of-mouth to sell my books. Being a new author who published her first book this past March, I'm still learning the ropes, and am grateful and blessed my books have done as well as they have being that I'm a newbie and have had little knowledge about how to successfully launch a book.

My next release, Rebel Obsession, will likely be coming out in January. The manuscript and cover will be ready before then, but I want to do this one right, and I'm even considering creating a print run on this one if I can pull it off in time. I want to launch Rebel Obsession with some pizzazz and flair. I want to have fun and engage my fans and take the time to behave the way any good parent would behave when welcoming a new baby into the world. Because let's face it, for authors, our books are our babies. They deserve balloons, oohs, aaahs, debutante balls, and a few tickles under the chin.

I need to rely on my fans to help me out on this one. Authors, what suggestions can you give me to help make this launch a success? Readers/Fans: What gets you excited about the release of a new book? What kinds of things would you enjoy seeing and experiencing? Nothing is off limits here. If you can think it, suggest it. If you're an author who's had success with something, I'd love to know what that was. If you've seen other authors do something that was fun and effective, let me know.

I know I'm new and still learning, and it's all of you who are helping me do that.

Thank you in advance.

Happy Writing...and Happy Reading.



  1. Donya, organizing my own blog tour as you're doing has helped. The more books you have to sell, the more you will sell of each title, so the best advice I an offer is to keep writing and posting good books. Also, if you can get genuine reviews (not paid for)on Amazon or wherever your books are for sale, that helps sell books. Tweet things, but not just about your book, but occasionally tweet a line or something to intrigue other Twitterers (is that a word?) Feed your blog to Facebook, Goodreads, and your Amazon author page. Set up a Pinterest board for your work in progress to interest readers. Also include boards for each novel. Use WattPad to post excerpts. Host giveaways occasionally. Good luck!

    1. Excellent advice. I see some things I'll have to research. :)

      Oh, and I will never pay for reviews. I want all my reviews to be genuine and unsolicited.

      I see a lot of authors post their reviews. I wonder if I should do that, too. My books have all gotten great reviews, so there's nothing to be ashamed of in them. I guess my worry is figuring out how much is too much. I certainly want to share successes, but I don't want to make people sick of seeing posts about my books.

      Thank you for the feedback. I will certainly look into everything you've suggested. :)

  2. I agree with the blog tour. I also rely on friends who are authors to spread the good news. I love to share other author's new publications if I've read the book and like it.

    1. Thank you, Brit. That's another vote for the blog tour. :) Glad I'm planning one of those. I am also going to be sending out ARCs to reviewers, so hopefully that will cover some authors who also write reviews.