One of my goals this year is to be more intentional with each book launch.
A nice part of being an indie author is that you can do a “soft launch,” which means you hit the Publish button on Amazon, then send a note to your email list about the new book and move on to write the next one. It’s nice to have that flexibility, but honestly, it’s effective only in maintaining a ho-hum writing career.
When I did my annual review of book sales for 2017, I noticed a very interesting trend. The books where I did a full launch for the release have sold a significantly higher number of copies per month, even after the launch. Almost 50% more, in some cases. Read the rest of this entry »
Preorders are one of the best ways to launch your book effectively, but not every marketing tool works with preorders. Since I’ve been hard at work marketing my own preorder, I thought it might be helpful to share a list of preorder marketing steps that have been helpful for me.
I’ve organized these, starting with the MOST helpful tools to actually sell books:
- Announce the preorder to your email list and social media following. If you’ve been working to grow your email list, that first email to your list will jump-start your preorder sales with a spike! If you missed it, I wrote a blog post about the three critical emails to send your list during a book launch.
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We’re deep in our blog series about sample launch plans depending on what type of book you’re releasing.
Today, we’ll cover a sample launch plan for your later-in-series book!
A later-in-series book is arguably one of the easiest types to launch, because you have the momentum of earlier books in the series, and existing readers who are eager for more of the same characters and setting. This type of book is also the easiest to launch at regular price!
Technically the launch plan we’ll discuss could be either a fiction novel or non-fiction series. We’ll look at the big picture goals and the details! Read the rest of this entry »
Sometimes marketing a new book release can be overwhelming, so a few weeks ago, I started a series of blog posts to help simplify the process. We’re talking about what pieces should be the core focus of a launch, depending on what type of book launch you’re doing.
You can see the launch plan for a Debut Novel here.
Today, we’ll cover a sample launch plan for your 1st-in-series book or a standalone title. I consider these as comparable when it comes to planning the launch, because you already have readers from previous books, but you don’t have the momentum of previous books with familiar setting and characters to drive read-through sales.
We’ll look at the big picture goals and the details! Read the rest of this entry »
Some days it can feel like we’re drowning in marketing ideas and suggestions. Especially for new authors, the overwhelm can smother us to the point that it’s hard to act at all because of the barrage of tasks.
To help lessen the overwhelm, I’m beginning a series of blog posts to talk about what pieces should be the core focus of a launch, depending on what type of book launch you’re doing.
Today’s post covers a launch plan for your debut release, both the big picture goals and the details. Read the rest of this entry »
So many of my posts focus on specific tools or micro details that you can use in your book marketing efforts, but for this post I’d like to step back and talk about a mindset that will increase your ratio of success and help you not feel so overwhelmed. (A win-win, yes?)
John Maxwell, the great leadership guru, has taught for years about his “Rule of 5” daily practice. The Rule of 5 is simply a series of activities that you do EVERY DAY that are fundamental to your success. For John, his Rule of 5 are as follows: every day he reads, every day he files, every day he thinks, every day he asks questions, and every day he writes.
Picture a forest of trees in your backyard – massive pecans and oaks. If you choose one tree to strike at with five swings of an ax every day, eventually you’ll cut down that tree. If you take five swings at five random trees each day, what will you end up with? An ugly forest full of scarred trees.
I love this concept for so many reasons, but mostly because it makes succeeding at huge tasks manageable, and helps build productive habits. Read the rest of this entry »
You’ve built an email list, now what? Every author interacts with their list differently, based on their own personality. Some like to do a quarterly newsletter, filled with memes and recipes and book tidbits. Others prefer to only send mail around a new book release.
In my opinion, neither way is wrong, as long as you don’t neglect the three critical emails you owe your list around every book launch. Yes, that’s right, I said owe. After all, readers joined your email list because they want to hear about your new books, right?
So what are those three emails for which your readers expectantly wait?