Congratulations to those hard-working authors who will see their novels on bookstore shelves — physical, digital, or both — in the near or distant future. Whether your book has already launched, will launch within the next year, or you’re still dreaming of that magical day, here are some handy tips to prep for the work that comes before and after your pub date.
- The problem with publishing a book is that you have to actually talk to people. Eeeeeek! Here are some marketing strategies for authors who are introverts.
- Oh, dear. That face looks familiar. Did you go to school with that person? Work with them? Shag them in a Bronco parked outside a bar? Bring your sticky notes and never again worry about forgetting or misspelling the names of people in your book signing line! Also, consider booze. These and more tips for a successful book signing.
- If you have friends and family who love you and want your book to be successful, feel free to send them this handy link on how to support you, the author, after buying the book.
- The book is out! Now come the reviews. One author explains why she reads all those one-star reviews.
- If I were the author reading the one-star reviews, I would have cocktailed (a perfect verb that can be conjugated for both the roaring twenties and the present day). Simply reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s extensive verb conjugation and whether or not I’m conjugating any of the words in this post correctly makes me want to cocktail.