I’m taking a break from editing my new novel to check emails and I thought I’d write a piece about my book launches.
My first launch, in 2007, was held in our house as I did not expect many people to be interested. The second was held at a local garden centre as one featured in the story and I treated the visitors to free tea and a scone! The next was held at a leisure centre as the girl in the story was a sportswoman and the fourth was held in a local pub/restaurant because, by then,I wanted to make sure everyone could find car parking and, if they wished, stay for lunch after the free coffee.
The fifth book was launched in our favourite pub, which I had also put in the book, although I hadn’t named it and for the sixth I launched with a couple of other writers in the previous hostelry. However, this was not quite as successful for me, probably because I had not initiated the advertising.
Book launches do not seem to attract newspaper reporters unless the proceeds are going to charity. I did get a photographer to the launch in the Leisure Centre although I never did see the write-up (if there was one)
I don’t launch in bookshops as the wholesaler only supplies shops if they are ordered. They will not accept books from me as the publisher.
I hope to sell at least a dozen copies at each launch and do have a few readers who support me every time and one who buys in bulk for Christmas presents.
I am now scouting for somewhere to launch my next book. It must have parking, refreshments and preferably a connection to the story. I think I may go back to the garden centre. I would like somewhere on a bus route but nowhere comes to mind.
At last somebody has thanked us for the pantomime. I was hoping for some feedback and when they said it was’just brilliant’ and’made them chuckle’ I was so grateful. I’m not sure I’ll do another one, especially as I am focused on the next novel at present but it makes me feel it wasn’t a waste of time. I was really proud of the cast and they deserve to know their efforts were appreciated.
Sorry I can’t tell you about the book. I know some folk put excerpts on line as tasters but I like to feel the reader can identify with the characters and that’s impossible in a short piece.
I am looking forward to the book launch on 17th February when Elaine Hankin will have ‘Footprints on my Doorstep,’ Anne Saker will have ‘Matilda and the Waltz of Life’ and Wendy Hughes will have ‘ The A to Z of Curious Sussex;’ three very different books by excellent local authors. The venue is Heene Road Community Centre in Worthing, time- 10am to 1pm.
More worries about the computer. I seem unable to reach my webmaster to update my website and now it is quite out of date.
After the launch on 3rd June I tried to get “A lesson for the Teacher” on Amazon. The cover appeared but nothing else. I can supply copies from the website orders but I am having problems trying to provide Amazon with an ebook version. I’ll get there eventually but it makes me feel so ignorant.
I still haven’t written anything worth telling you about but I have completed the script for our next recording and been booked for a talk in 2017!
When do you write a review of a book? I am finding that if I write it immediately after I have finished the book it is very different from when I write it a few days later. In fact, if I leave it too long I have forgotten what the book was about.If I write as soon as I can the review is better that if I leave it until later. But is this fair? Surely the books that live in the memory should rate higher?
Now to try and find the launch photo.
Don’t say it isn’t worth it! Three of us had a brilliant book launch today at a local hostelry with over 50 people attending and plenty of books sold. I even had one customer who bought three copies! We provided cake and coffee and saw friends, relations, neighbours and people who had just seen it advertised.
OK, so we didn’t have champagne but we did stay for a nice lunch and went home satisfied.Now to find out if word gets around and the books make an impression.
Hi folks. I guess putting the details of “A Lesson for the Teacher” onto Pages in May wasn’t the best way to advertise it and it isn’t easy to find on Amazon. It is on Goodreads and Waterstones’ website.
For anyone who wants to know it is ISBN 9780955724282.After the launch on Friday it should appear on my website.www.juliecround.com.
Well, I got my name and news onto the radio. I think that’s probably enough promotion for now. Once the book is published I’ll do more.
Back to giving talks next week. I really enjoy going to WI meetings. Each one is slightly different and they are all so friendly and positive.
Next event WOW on Monday and I have my ‘sixties’ piece ready to read, along with a couple of poems from “Honey and Humbug.” I still haven’t any inspiration for further writing. I hope this changes soon!