This has been an exciting week! I learned so much about preparing my BookBaby and Amazon store pages, updating this website with my author bio and other book information and creating fun and exciting social media posts. I never imagined that the business side of sharing my book would be so edifying. Wow! Did I just use that word? Haha. I really mean it though.
However, it could have been a lot easier if I had been prepared ahead of time and known what to expect.
Your book is NOT just for you!
At first, when I saw what I needed to do to have a successful launch, I’ll be honest, I was horrified, scared stiff, scared out of my wits – totally overwhelmed!
Therefore, I decided to write and let you guys know some of what you should be working on WHILE you are writing your book. Hopefully, this will encourage you to look further into what you may need to do while writing. Even if you think you are just writing it for you. You’re NOT!
Behind the 8 ball
That’s what I initially thought. I only wanted to prove to myself that I could actually write a full-length, fantasy adventure novel for teens. But, I thought all I was going to do was print one for me. Ha! Right!
However, once it was finished and people started telling me that I needed to publish it, I was behind the eight ball. I was literally pulling my hair out!
Because I don’t want you to pull out your hair, here is a short list of things you should look into before writing your book. I am not convinced you need to do everything. However, choose what best fits your budget, personality and what you want to accomplish.
- Identify what genre your book will be and your target audience. Fiction, Non-Fiction, Educational, Historical, Memoir, Biography, Science Fiction etc.
- Create your social media accounts and build your following – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and any others you desire.
- Set up an author website with pictures, bio and blurb of storyline.
- Determine your editing options – editorial assessment, developmental editing, copy editing and proofreading – look into Reedsy and other similar sites for help.
- Create your email list from your social media followers and set up your mailing list; begin building the excitement around your book by sending weekly emails about your progress or giveaways of short stories you’ve written. Again, research types of things you can provide and make sure it is something you know your followers will appreciate.
- Think about what you want to publish – hard back, paperback, ebook, audiobook. Therefore, research. Again, BookBaby is awesome!
- Think about what platform you’d like to publish on. So, research and determine where you want publish – BookBaby, Amazon, Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble – BookBaby makes this easy.
- Other authors and readers of your genre book are important so network with them – Join Readers Favorite, Goodreads, Medium and other similar sites.
So, if you use just a few of these suggestions, you’ll be ahead of the game and feeling less stressed than other first-time authors. Happy writing!
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