You’re just about to finish your a course in miracles. It’s going through the final stages of editing and now your focus has shifted to getting your book out into the world. But where do you start? If this is your first book, it might seem a bit frightening, but if you lay out your plan in a timeline, you’ll find it’s going to be much easier for you to accomplish your goals and the vision you have for your launch. What is your ideal outcome? Most authors plan their book launch to cover at least a week, but a few will continue throughout the first month of the release.
It is important you get your website up and your blog propagated, meaning you should probably start your site as you begin to write your book and begin to market the site to your social media contacts. Your site should be the same name, but not more than three or four words, as your book title. I recommend writing a blog post every day for the first three months to get your site ranked highly and gain the traffic you deserve. Consider offering at least one chapter free on your site to let your audience get a preview of what they can expect as well as including the table of contents. Another great technique to entice your audience to purchase your book is to give away a free related product such as an audio they can download.
If you know of authors who have been successful and ask them what worked for them. I have found most authors are more than willing to share their experiences. I have learned just as much about what didn’t work for them as what did work. I approach authors from social media sites, Amazon and other online bookstores.
You can do a soft launch online for an eBook or audio edition or the tradition printed book format. Most authors today will choose to do all three simultaneously even though it takes quite a bit more managing.
If you look at all of the steps you see there is logic to the process, Start with building the website, creating your blog, request book reviews, create marketing, publicity, book trailer and social media.
Book Reviews take the longest and they will go a long way to persuade your fans to purchasing your book. They serve as a vote of confidence in making a good decision. There are many bloggers who will provide a review of your book on their site and their followers are always looking for the next great book! Reviews are how you build your reputation with your potential fans and it will make the difference in how readily they choose to purchase your book.
I found by approaching reviewers who provided reviews for books similar to mine, I get a much better return. While I’m writing my book I will glance through books listed on Amazon to see who reviewed their books. You can also find fairly inexpensive paid resources for book reviews by searching online.
Book trailers are an important component to your book marketing. You can use a high definition flip video in front of your bookcase or even a blank white wall and have a video expert from a site such as Fiverr convert your five minute video background to nearly any background you choose. One of my authors had her book trailer scenery located in downtown New York with the street signs being changed to her book title and she lives in Wisconsin.