Book Launch Coming Up!

The Blade Man, front coverThis is the busiest January I’ve experienced in a while, (which is why I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks) but in a good way. I don’t know about you, but in my area there are more events and activities than normal this January…author readings, book launches, and festivals. It’s as if the world can’t wait to get this new decade started.

I’m still tallying sales results from my BookBub promo event on Dec. 31, and won’t know the complete January sales numbers for a while. The Draft2Digital distributor doesn’t report January sales until late February. Amazon is much faster, and I can tell you that The Opposite of Dark actually became #1 on Kindle ebook sales that night. Two or three days later it was still up there at #10, something I never expected. Nor did I expect the book reviews to jump from 7 to about 70 so far.

I don’t publish a book that often, and even though I keep a checklist, it’s still daunting to complete all the necessary tasks. First off, I’ve been formatting ebook versions of The Blade Man so they’ll be ready for the February 12th  launch. I’ve also been consulting with the printer who’s preparing the trade paperback version.

My BookBub profile, website and author page on Amazon’s Author Central have been updated. I also spent time playing around on Canva to design banners for the website and the Facebook evite.

For those who live in BC’s Lower Mainland and don’t pay much attention to Facebook, the event is at Western Sky Books, #2132-2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam (located in the Shaughnessy Mall) from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Tamara at Western Sky Books is a huge supporter of authors and artists and hosts many events there, for which I and other authors are very grateful.

By the way The Blade Man is now available for pre-order at:



Apple books:


I still need to prepare a Goodreads giveaway and come up something interesting to say at the launch. Then there’s the food and drinks list to compile and purchase. It never ends, does it, but right now, I don’t want it to.

Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and security work inspired me to write the Casey Holland transit security novels set in Metro Vancouver. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at

22 thoughts on “Book Launch Coming Up!”

  1. Fantastic news! So the Bookbub Ad really did pay off? That’s good to know. I have two reading myself in February and one is on the 11th. I’ll see how I’m doing and try to make it to your launch on the 12th;)

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    1. Yes, it’s paid off, but I don’t know how much in terms of actual sales. I do know that as of Jan 16 I’d had 299 sales from Amazon and earned my fee back. I’m still trying to catch up on bookkeeping stuff. The most important thing to know is that it increased my discoverability by quite a bit.

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  2. Very interesting, how you plan this and how it went. I’m eager to hear the results of the BookBub promo. I’m wondering if that is worth it!

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  3. Wow! Debra, no wonder you haven’t had much time for blogging! Sounds like you’ve been super busy and with such fantastic results. That is amazing and well done! Good luck with your book launch … have a brilliant time! I love the cover!

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  4. Congratulations Debra.
    Writerpreneurship is not for the faint-hearted.
    I am also intrigued by the BookBub challenge. Selling and marketing a book is more than 99% of all the effort you put into writing it. Despite the tepid environment, you are shining and sparkling.
    Following your journey.

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