A launch party for your book release

book release launch party

Should you have a launch party? Hell yes! What’s the point of getting this far if you aren’t going to celebrate it? What’s the purpose of a launch party? It’s time for you to recognize all your hard work. You’ve just succeeded in achieving a major dream. Take a pause; get together with all those who supported you.   To celebrate release or sell books? There’s a difference between celebrating the huge success and trying to sell books. Either goal for your launch party is fine. Just know there’s a difference between congratulating yourself and trying to sell books.   Who should be invited? If it’s a small party then invite all your family and friends, anyone who supported you, allow yourself the joy of what you’ve accomplished. If it’s a party to sell books, then invite people in your writing and reading community, organize a press release, invite people from your local library or any other reading clubs or forums that might be interested in buying your book.   Pick a theme Themes are half the fun of parties! …

Ordering your book proof before publishing

Ordering your book proof

The purpose of a book proof The book proof is sent to you to look over before releasing it for public purchase. When you upload your interior and cover into the Print on Demand system it will ask you if you want to organize a proof. You’ll get your book in the mail with the words PROOF on the inside back page. This copy is for you to look through and make sure no final errors or changes are needed. Should you order a book proof? Yes. Double yes. Triple yes. You should never move forward with publishing until you get a hard copy of your book in your hands. You don’t have to order a proof to submit your book for publication but I strongly suggest to every one of my clients to do this. There is no disadvantage to ordering a proof but a huge difference exists between checking your book on a screen and seeing it in the paperback copy. I cannot emphasize the importance of this, when you see it in paperback format there’s something different about …

Pricing your self-published book

pricing your self-published book

How do you price your self-published book? Average pricing for novellas and novels in self-publishing: Average pricing for a fiction novel in self-publishing: $2.99 Average pricing for fiction novella in self-publishing: $1.99 Pricing for short stories: Free or .99c Pricing for non-fiction: Consider setting the price higher since it’s a much more niche industry and readers have repetitive use for your book. Paperback prices for a self-published book:   Dog Ear Publishing sums this up very well: Paperback books vary in prices but they average out per genre. It’s important you do your research about your competition to know what the balance is.   Pricing your first book compared to pricing as an established author As a fresh new author your first book should generally be cheaper. As you establish yourself as an author you can continue to up the price. As demand increases, so should your price.   Can you change the price of your self-published book? Yes, absolutely. This is one of the most important factors for authors who are trying to get a foot in the door. Especially when you’re …

POD Printing for Self-Publishing Authors

What is POD/Print on Demand printing? Print on Demand is the service that you use to publish the hard copy paperback of your book. It is about printing on the demand of a sale. So rather than printing a huge number of copies in anticipation to sell, and then being out of pocket if you don’t ship them, a Print on Demand service provider prints it when an order of your book is made. Because of this it’s made it exceptionally affordable and easily accessible for authors to make paperback versions of their book available. Once you upload your interior layout document and your cover into their system, they issue out your book for any reader. You don’t deal with shipping costs, you don’t deal with worrying about how to get the money back from the huge number of books you pre-ordered in expectation of huge sales that just didn’t happen, you don’t worry about upfront printing costs.   Would it benefit you to go with paperback printing/POD?    There are a lot of readers who just like having a physical …

Even if you’re tired, you have the ability to continue

Your limitations are set by your inner gauge. There are things you’ve learned about yourself in life that have told you, “hot, don’t touch”.  Some of them are valid and keep us not dead. Others can be stretched and twisted, and there are some which are just flat out lies.  Exhaustion is a good excuse to use while NaNo’ing, and a perfectly valid one. But it’s not a limitation.  People push through exhaustion every single day. Parenting redefines the concept of exhaustion for those who’ve not been one yet. Marathon runners practice the very skill of mastering the push through exhaustion. Doctors are expected to run on exhaustion.  Does your body keep you exhausted, perhaps through work, sickness or disability? Does your mind keep your exhausted with depression or anxiety?   In my experience I have a 100% limit. I think everyone does. A point that they’re done. Done and dusted. Bury me 6 feet under and leave me be.  You need to know your 100% limit, and it’s different for everyone. You may think you know it off the top of your head but have …

Be prepared and trust how you work

Week two is a slog, and if you’ve never been here before, welcome! Get ready to face your most frustrating characters, your biggest plot holes, and the barren desert that is your motivation.  Trust that you are going to get through this, and get prepared. What is it that will help you get through week two?  You don’t have to try and water a small patch of that barren desert in the hope something will flourish, just keep a pack of water on you as you walk across this week.  Trust you have the ability in you to do this, even if your beliefs say otherwise. If your friends or family say otherwise? Well please, you just slam the door right in their face and sit back down and write. No one knows what it’s really like to do NaNoWriMo until you’ve done it. The inner pressure, the hopelessness, the determination, the flow.   What do you need to pack with you to get across the week? Coffee, alarm clocks, writing groups? What does your list include? 

Congratulations! And if you still haven’t started NaNoWriMo, read this anyway

You’re reading this! Yes! *high five*  Rewards are important. Acknowledgement of you achieving something is important to creating a habit that will stick.  Did you know that if you only write 500 words for the entire month of November, that’s awesome? Because that was 500 words more than you’d have if you didn’t. And those words don’t even have to be any good.  Writing well comes from practice, it comes from repetition. Your brain is a sponge hungry for learning, and the more you sit down to write, the more it will improve and the easier it will be.  So I say a huge congratulations just for reading this. Because this is a step, it’s one of those steps of repetition. Right now you might not be writing but reading this and other content that will help inspire you, it’s all to get you to move forward. Whatever helps you to get there. You got this.  Also remember that November is for no one but yourself. Even if you’ve told 100 people you’re going to hit 50k to keep yourself accountable, who cares? It’s the act of trying that makes the …

Act, even when you don’t think you can

Learning to act is about learning to hear your thoughts, and taking action anyway. Trusting that yes, you are capable of handling this. Going ahead even when your beliefs are screaming at you, blaring red warning signals, WARNING WARNING DANGER WILL ROBINSON.   This system has been installed your ancestors, and refined and personalised by you. This system will lie to you. The lies it will tell are two fold:  It actually thinks danger is happening right now. Those words you didn’t write yesterday and today? WARNING. SHUT OFF IMMINENT. It interprets what’s going on out there through a very specific funnel, a funnel that you have created, extended, and adjusted throughout your life.  It will tell you whatever it needs to, to get you to take action. It will lie to hell and back if your beliefs think you’re in danger (see point 1) and needs to steer you out of it to survive.  Anxiety, depression, procrastination, laziness, stress, whatever is holding you back is there for a reason. It’s survival. One day, many many years ago, it served you. You needed it and you created it so that you could survive.   But you never turned …

Be crystal clear on your WHY

[POLL] Why are you driven to win NaNoWriMo? [CHECK ALL THAT APPLY]  To show myself I can accomplish something big.  I’ve always wanted to write a book, but never started.  I’ve always wanted to write a book, but never finished one.  I want to share my story with my friends and family.  I want to share my story with the world.  To become a professional author and make money off writing.  Your goal to win NaNoWriMo exists because of a why inside you. The clearer your why, the better your chances of winning. Your brain responds to your input, and creates realities based upon that input. You may think I’m kidding, but your expectations rule your life.   Change your expectations, change your life. Change your visuals, and your WHY, and you change your writing.  The more you expect to win, to see yourself achieving all that you want, the greatest the chance it will happen. All you nay-sayers and ‘realists’ can go bite me. If I knew that sure, the world can be a shitty place, but I choose to think positive things, why wouldn’t I? …

Restarting a habit is harder than continuing it

Habits crave repetition. It’s their main source of fuel. It doesn’t matter how big or small the habit is, it wants to reoccur over and over and over and over and over and…   Prior to a habit becoming a habit, it’s a wee baby thought. It stumbles around the field looking for a place to rest, getting used to these gangly things called legs. A thought doesn’t know what it’s doing yet so it bumps up against things, frolicks, kicks, and mews. Loudly.  Soon enough a habit trots over to give this thought some help. Teach it how to walk, gallop, show itself off in the sunshine.  With enough attention, love and care, this thought will turn into a habit.  It doesn’t matter if the thought is positive or negative. Your brain doesn’t care, it doesn’t distinguish. If a thought gets attention, it will grow and thrive into a habit.  What thoughts are galloping around in your head, that will help you win NaNoWriMo? What thoughts are creative havoc, have grown into full blown habits, and are holding you back?