Tuesday, December 24, 2013

To re-launch or not to re-launch, that is the question...

Because I self-published, I'm responsible for pretty much everything that has to do with my book. I have to promote it. It's up to me to get the book out there and make people aware of its existence. I'm editor, publisher, PR department, everything. And that has become a full time job. I didn't know that when I started this journey, but I'm glad I've learned it now. Time management is an important thing in anyone's life. But it's especially important in the life of a writer who has a job away from the writing desk.

With the release date for my second novel fast approaching, I'm looking for ways to bump up the awareness of The Forest's Heir in the indie young adult community. It would be nice to be another Amanda Hocking. That's the dream, not necessarily the reality. Definitely not at this point. But I'm going to put in the work to get it done at this point. Until I go back to my "day" job, I'm looking at writing as my job. And that means promoting my book.

So, with that in mind, I'm thinking about a springtime re-launch of The Forest's Heir. Promos, a giveaway or two, new book trailer, blog tours, and author interviews. I'm going through every reviewer database I can find to get some feedback on the novel, some blogs to host the tour, some interviews, and some giveaways. Paperback or digital versions of the book. Maybe some bookmarks or things like that. I'm looking into doing some designs like that.

I'm also working on a press kit to send to some local news outlets to raise some interest in my local area. I live in an area with a lot of schools and a lot of libraries. It would be awesome if I could get the word out about the book.

The re-launch is a go for the spring, and that's going to take up a lot of time. But it might just be the step to a dream I've always wanted.

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