Greetings My Lovelies!
The infamous, all important book release party. From the moment I sat down to write my first book, I’ve always wanted to do one. I used to practice interview questions like I was a famous author all the time like we all do… No? Just me?
Any who. For my latest book, Time of Prophecy, the epic conclusion to The Lost Guardian Trilogy, I decided to give it a whirl and try to make it happen. And here are some things I learned, the good and the bad.
1. Indie book stores are you friend but you can host anywhere.
Most indie book stores are more than happy to host a book release party for a fee. They usually have something on their website so check before you ask. But you can also host release parties at Libraries, community centers, small coffee shops, whatever you like. All you need to do is ask. What’s the worst they can say. If you’re a local, local businesses can be very accommodating. I did the indie book shop route. The lovely Page 158 books.
2. Ask questions
Especially if this is your first time organizing the event. You may be responsible for advertising or ordering the books for people to purchase. I didn’t.
3. Don’t be afraid to double check and get confirmations.
If a place is supposed to get back to you about your event and you haven’t heard anything back, don’t be afraid to call and double check to make sure everything is still on track. I didn’t. I hate to be a bother and assumed that everything was handled. It wasn’t. You never know what’s going on with someone else. A family emergency will push everything out of anyone’s head. This is your event, your baby. Make sure it’s to your liking.
4. Stir up interest by a giveaway.
I wish I did this because what better way to drum up interest in your newly released book than by hosting a party for those who can’t physically come.
It’s scary hosting an event. I had a mini panic attack over the thought of getting in front of people and talking about my book. What if no one came? My books kept falling through. What if it totally sucked? What if I came off as stupid or whatever?
Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. And maybe take a Xanax. Remember you are a bad ass writer who wrote a kick ass story. People will be amazed just by that feat alone. Remember all the times you pretended to be interviewed? Well, you’ll fall back into that mode as soon as the questions come. You can do this and will feel so good once it’s all said and done with.
That’s all I have this time. Remember, always double check and make sure everything is in place before your event is supposed to take place.
See ya next time!