Book Launch Prep: It’s a Journey

Whether you’re self-published or traditionally published, promotion and marketing is your responsibility. This means preparing for a book launch far in advance. For me, the task includes writing blogs, newsletters, and making social media announcements. It also involves updating my website along with other platforms like BookBub and mt Amazon’s Author Central page.

Planning in-person and online events is also part of the process. Book signings, readings, and podcast interviews are the norm these days. For some authors, social media ads are a must, although I won’t use them until I better understand how they work, as they can cost inexperienced authors a lot of money with little results. Then comes the launch date itself, plus post-launch date events such as blog tours and book promotion sites.

To keep track of all this, I prepare a publication checklist, which is now two pages long. I use a template that came from The Creative Academy, as I recall, but a quick google search undoubtedly provides many other sources, if you wish to use one. As many of you already know, book launches take a great deal of effort to gain any attention among the millions of published titles out there.

A Gold Satin Murder which will be launched two weeks from today. I’m very fortunate to have been invited to share a launch/reading evening with a colleague who’s releasing his third mystery. I’m doing a couple of other shared events this fall, which is far more fun than going it alone.

Aside from sending out my newsletter, staying on top of social media and updating my website, I’m also faced with the task of updating the front and back matter in the previous six books. When I first started posting ebooks in 2016, no one seemed too concerned that a work of fiction lacked a list of chapter links, but that’s a thing now. I also need to add a link to book #7 at the back of each book. As marketing gurus also suggest, I should also add a sample chapter of the next installment at the end of each book.

As you can see, there’s still work to be done, but the key is to pace myself and enjoy the process as much as I can. Given that I’ve gone through this before, I feel a little more confident, yet something unexpected can crop up and inevitably there’s something I missed. But I’m also learning not to worry about it as much.

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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

12 thoughts on “Book Launch Prep: It’s a Journey”

  1. I love the cover of your new book. Another thing I like about your books is the location as I grew up in East Vancouver and North Burnaby before moving out to Richmond and eventually the Okanagan. Downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park etc are all familiar territory as they haven’t changed as much as areas like Poco.
    Recently I started paying for WordPress and I really notice the absence of ads, and I like that. You might consider it and since you use your blog for advertising and the cost is nominal – I would suggest that it is a deductible expense. Just a thought – less than $100 annually.

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    1. And I’m glad you like the cover. Much of this book is focused on Vancouver’s West End, which is where my sister lives. I’m going to be featuring photos of the area in Jacqui Murray’s blog in a couple of weeks 🙂

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  2. You and I are going through the same bazillion steps. You are so right–that a checklist helps. I just today realized I’d forgotten to add my new book to BookBub–a dear pre-reader reminded me! That’s done now!

    How wonderful that you have launch with another author. That sounds like a great idea.

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  3. First of all, I admire those who can continually write novels and NF, Debra. But then to go through so much to organize a successful book launch–well, it’s beyond my imagination. Best wishes, and with your details, I’m sure you will do well!

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