Carry Me Home – Book Launch

Carry Me Home

Carry Me Home

Last night, I had wonderful time at the book launch for the launch of Dorothy Adamek’s first book, Carry Me Home.

I met Dorothy online through a Facebook writer’s group, and met her face to face for the first time in 2012. She’s such a lovely person and I was so excited to be able to attend her launch (it was an added bonus that I had a child free night and was able to attend without having to rush home for the babysitter!).

At the appointed time, I headed off to Dorothy’s home for her launch. I had some wonderful conversations with some fellow authors as well as Dorothy’s friends and family before the speeches started.

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ABC – Day 24 – Book signing

Signing Books

Signing Books

Describe your first book signing – real or imagined.

On October 25 last year, I had my first book signing. I had signed books before, such as copies of Teapot Tales, but this event was the book launch for Swallow Me, NOW!, and I had people lining up to get their books signed!

It was a wonderful event. The local library hosted it in the foyer and it was open to anyone. I sent invitations far and wide via email, Facebook, flyers in the library and ones I handed to people. The launch was fantastic. You can read more about it here.

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Friday Five – Book Launch Invites

Friday Five

Friday Five –Book launch invites

A book launch is pretty boring if no one comes, you need to invite people. How do you get people to come? You need to invite them…

For many people,they simply invite family and friends, however they are a great opportunity to invite people who are already your fans, and spread the word to people who aren’t your fans….. yet.

Here are five ways you can invite people to your book launch. [Read more…]

Friday Five – Reasons to have a book launch

Friday Five

Friday Five –Reasons to have a book launch

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Friday Five…

I have two friends launching their books tomorrow. The first is Jemma Phillips with her book The Bucket Sheep, and the second is Julie Anne Grasso with her book Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage.

Book launches are a lot of fun, as well as work to put on, but they are worth it. For this week, I look at five reasons authors should have a book launch. [Read more…]

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.

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