Book Launch

Launching a Book in the Indie World – 25 days to go

I’m going to blog each day about my journey in releasing my next book. I have two aims:

  • A vain effort to help others, I hope my experience will help a budding or even an experienced author.
  • Get the conversation going, I don’t pretend to have all the answers, not even half of them. If I did, I’d be #1 in my genre. I want people in the author world to help me and each other. Share my blog, comment with helpful tips, not just for me but for everyone else that is going to read them.


Some helpful suggestions so far have been to try a thunderclap, start small with a Facebook advert, I’ve been offered a mailing list from a book promoter (she is a Goddess). I put a help post out onto Facebook and received many suggestions for blogs to help, they have all been contacted. My current sign up rate is 34%, not too bad.

It’s not all that I’ve done today, I’ve met my best friend for coffee like I done every Saturday for the past decade. Two loads of washing, ate chocolate chip cookies while I wrote some of book 3 in the Catherine Brodie Chronicles. Oh and I have a new logo.

I have always cautioned against changing logos (the smaller box on social media) because people tend to look for your picture (whatever that may be) when scrolling and not your name. If you change it to your book cover and so does a few other people its difficult to see who the author is. Also if you change your profile picture weekly its difficult to spot who you regularly talk to. Not many people absorb the name or handles on social media. Unless you’re super famous, of which I am not, obvs. How many twitter handles do you know by heart? I bet less than five but I also bet that you know their profile picture and scroll down your feed and stop at the picture and not the name. But its been 18 months of a fiery heart and it time for a change. I have had good value from my heart, it only cost me £11 on a stock photo site. This time its been designed for me.

Here’s what I have left to do (in no particular order):

Contact 1000 875 blogs and get help; Attach book on Author Central (Amazon); Newsletter Release once live; write and then post excerpts; Post a Goodreads event; Organise a giveaway; Update Website; Design Teasers; Format the book for eBook and Paperback; organise a thunderclap; update all the other eBook novels with this book’s title under books by this author; arrange for Book 1 to be at a reduced price a week before; set up ARCs;

Decide whether to:

  • Decide if I want to do a Facebook author take over, author event, blog tour and blog event.
  • Decide if I want to do a Facebook advert, a Goodreads advert, Amazon Advert.

Will you help by commenting below some advice? and sign up to help launch the book? Here’s the form:


Social Media links – Go on, give me a whirl, you may like it.


The Recovery of Catherine Brodie – Book Two of the Catherine Brodie Chronicles

JPG Kindle Cover


“…’Do you love me yet?’ Alex said, hoping the answer was yes…”

The Recovery of Catherine Brodie starts four years after Erin’s confrontation in the cellar of Green’s. Alexander Devlin wants his band to perform at Green’s and writes a begging email. Erin relents and says yes, even though it goes against all her rules.

Erin continues to put her past behind her, but like every bad penny, they always turn up.

Erin Brodie has made a success of her music venue and it’s the most sought after place in the country for non-signed artists to perform. Alexander Devlin is the guitarist from the rock band Fragile, they are at the top of their game and are just about to release their final album.

Erin drops her guard and so her courtship with Alex begins, but it comes at a price. Erin has enemies and, this time, they have upped their game. This time, her life is in jeopardy and it takes all of her friends to race to find her.

This time, they might just be too late…

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