The Roman Heir is due for publication on July 22. The book went out to advance readers over two weeks ago, I’m getting feedback. That means I’m doing some editing like rewording or fixing those gosh darn typos. I’m extremely grateful to these advance readers who give me early feedback.
This is just the first round of final editing. I have two more steps before I upload the book on July 15. Aside from checking any other feedback from advance readers, I listen to the entire book read aloud. I did that chapter by chapter, but one last check. Then I read the book aloud myself to hear and feel the words as I speak them.
I’ve heard most of the story read aloud by members of my writing group as the story progressed. But, I’ve made numerous changes, especially since I presented early chapters to the group.
Spread The Author Word
Two days after the book release on July 24, International Thriller Writers is publishing my article for mystery writers, “Ten Ways to Hide Clues in Your Mystery” as a guest post in their publication The Thrill Begins.
The World of Argolicus Event
On July 22, the day The Roman Heir comes out, I’m doing a special live event on Facebook. I have slides and an overview of the historical background for the stories. The reign of Theodoric in Italy (493–526 CE) is a short time span in the vast spread of history. I’ll be zooming in on the highlights. After the presentation, I’ll answer general questions from the audience either about the background or writing or the stories.
The live event is July 22 at 9:00 AM. Use the Time Calculator to determine the time where you are. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Writing Doesn’t Stop
With the work on getting the story ready for publication, I’ve not lost track of the next story, The Vellum Scribe. I’m creating character background studies and filling in plot details. I’ve even written a bit of the beginning. Of course, as I dig deeper into the story, the beginning may change.
Looking forward to seeing you at The World of Argolicus event.
Enter a world in ancient Italy when Roman and Ostrogoth laws made murder a private matter. In a time when murder was not a crime, Argolicus helps solve crimes for individuals when politics and murder collide.
Don’t wait until you novel is finished before starting to plan your book launch. A successful book launch contains many activities, and they need to be planned well in advance. New novelists need to start planning when they are about half-way through the story. Yep, the mid-point of your story is a good time to start planning.
If you haven’t finished setting up your author platform, now is the time to make certain everything is in place. Keep growing your email list. Add names on your street team (beta readers) list. At launch time you will rely on those fans and beta readers to spread the word and write reviews once the book is out.
You are going to be coordinating many activities the week of your book launch. Plan for the time.
For your first book, do as much as you can and stay within your budget. It is possible to create and market your books inexpensively at the beginning (your first book). Your success on Amazon and other book distribution platforms takes time. The more you write and produce, the greater potential for growth. Many authors start seeing a spike in growth once the third book is published. As you publish more books, you’ll not only grow your audience, but will become better at the book launch process.
The Best Tool
Jenny Blake created a powerful and detailed spreadsheet of actions to take for a book launch. The 15-Tab Book Marketing Spreadsheet is free and helps authors become organized and stay organized at the time of a book launch. Tabs include: online promo, offline promo, advance copy distribution, book tour, a planning calendar, and more.
You can find it here in Google docs format and here in Excel (as a download).
For Free Books If your book is free at launch time, here are some resources to promote free ebooks.
Kindle Book PromotionsIf your book is on sale or even full price, check out these paid resources for spreading the word.
Kindle Nation Daily http://kindlenationdaily.com/ — A variety of paid options
Book Gorilla http://www.bookgorilla.com/ —
Ereader News Today http://ereadernewstoday.com/ — scroll down to the bottom of the page to submit your book.
OHFB (One Hundred Free Books) https://ohfb.com/advertise/ — Offers listings for free and deeply discounted books.
The Fussy Librarian http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/for-authors/ — Carefully read the submission guidelines to make sure your book qualifies.
Organized Planning is the Key
Book launch time will be busy. Start now to plan, gather the right resources, set target dates, and coordinate emails with your fans and street team. Mark every task on your calendar. When launch day comes, you'll be busy, but in control.
Zara Altair writes mysteries set in ancient Italy. Argolicus thinks he has retired, but he and his tutor, Nikolaos, are drawn into puzzles, politics, and murder.
Zara Altair, Author
The puzzle of politics, the mystery of murder in ancient Italy. After Rome, before the Middle Ages, Italy belonged to the Ostrogoths.