Signing books

Signing Books

Signing Books

At any book launch, there is a signing. For me, this was one of the exciting parts of the launch, not only was my book in print, but I was signing copies too. Mr N joined in the signing as he had done a few illustrations in the book. Most of the books he signed were for family members.

One thing I had to remember was my name. I write under my maiden name, so I had to practice my name before the launch so I was signing the correct name!

Another thing to remember is have a good pen, and a couple of back up pens so you can keep on signing without worrying about your pen running out of ink. [Read more…]

Book Sales

Lea at the sales table

One important part of the book launch is book sales. From speaking with a number of authors, sales aren’t guaranteed, but you need to be prepared. Also, if you are publishing through a publisher, book sales may be organised through your publishing house rather than a job you need to do yourself.

I asked a good friend, Lea, to man the sales table for me. This way, I didn’t have to worry about signing books and selling them too. [Read more…]

Food at the launch

Some of the food from the launch

Not all book launches I’ve been to have catering, however I decided I wanted some catering. The launch was planned from 1-2pm and I wanted to give people a reason to hang around during the book signing part of the day.

The library provided an urn and tea and coffee, as well as water for the kids. As hot chocolate features in the book, we also bought some hot chocolate and marshmallows for our guests to enjoy. [Read more…]

Promoting the Launch

My book launch poster

Any book launch needs people, and to get people to your launch, you need promotion. Talk with your venue and see if they can help with promotion of your launch.

I was lucky enough to have my launch at the local library, so they created some great posters for me and put them up in all the different branches and a piles of flyers to hand out. I used some of these flyers to invite friends who weren’t online such as other mums at school and after school activities, and friends from work.

I created a Facebook event and promoted it through my Facebook pages here and here, as well as posting on Twitter and other social media channels. I used my email list and the list of people who supported my crowdfunding campaign. I also told anyone I knew that I was having a book launch!

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Finding a venue

When it came to my book launch, it was easy to find a venue – my local library was happy to host it. From the people I spoke to, book shops and libraries are often happy to host launches, however you can be creative and host your launch in a park or play centre or any other setting that is related to your book.

The venue of my book launch

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Book launch tips

Just before the launch, with my book

In case you missed the news, I had my first book launch last week. It was for Swallow Me, NOW!, a kids chapter book that was written during the 2013 Chapter Book Challenge. You can read all about it here.

The launch was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to do it again. Over the next few days, I thought I’d share some of the things I learned during the launch, and some of the things I would do differently.we had a lot of fun and I’ve learned a lot in the process.

I’m no expert, only having launched one book so far, but

I hope you’ll enjoy my posts and find them useful. If you have any specific questions, please ask and I’ll do my best to answer. If you’re more experienced with book launches, please add your suggestions for the different points in the comments.

I plan to start the posts on Monday.

Writer’s Reveal – Halloween

Halloween – scary

It’s Writer’s Reveal time again. This month the topic comes from Ashley Howland:

It’s almost Halloween…
Do you like scary stories? What characters scare you the most? How do you create a villain???
Pretty much anything scary for this month.

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Why hot chocolate?

Why hot chocolate?

I’ve had a couple of people ask me why hot chocolate features in some of the rewards in my crowdfunding campaign.

The answer is simple. In Swallow Me, NOW! Sam often comes home from school and talks about her day over a mug of hot chocolate, usually in her favourite, slightly chipped, mug. Each time she has hot chocolate, they have marshmallows and Sam likes to lick the remnants of melted marshmallow out of her mug with her fingers. [Read more…]

Writing “Swallow Me, NOW!”

Chapter Book Challenge 2013

Back in 2012, I joined the first Chapter Book Challenge, and have been an active participant ever since. The first draft for Swallow Me, NOW! was written during the 2013 challenge, with the working title of Sam’s Solution.

I’m not entirely sure where the idea for Sam came from, but it was something that just flew. Using the site 750words.com, most of the draft came together during my lunch break, one chapter a day for 2 weeks. The first draft was around 10,000 words and it was very rough, but it had good bones. [Read more…]

My first book is coming…

Swallow Me, NOW!

I’m a little bit excited. Today is a special day – I’m launching the crowdfunding campaign for my first book: Swallow Me, NOW!

I’ve been working with Julieann Wallace from Lilly Pilly Press for the last year to get it edited and ready for publication and it’s nearly ready to go. We’re aiming for an October launch date so that I can celebrate my birthday with a book launch.

In order to fund publication, I’ve created a crowdfunding campaign through Pozible. If you don’t know what crowdfunding is, it’s a way of raising money for different projects. I see it as pre-selling books. If you want to learn a bit more about crowdfunding and publishing, my friend Julie Hedlund has a great series of blog posts starting at http://www.juliehedlund.com/why-i-am-crowdfunding-my-next-picture-book-part-i/

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