Book Launch

Launching a Book in the Indie World – 24 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.


My current sign up rate is 36%, not too bad, creeping up nicely. All the emails I have sent to bloggers and authors have been individual. My inbox exploded, so in order to keep everything up to date, and that I reply to everyone, once I have replied and said my thanks for helping, it goes into a folder. Then I know whatever is in my inbox is not acknowledged.

Everyone that has replied have heartily said yes, they know when they can and can’t fit me in. Two things I have learned, well three really from the last time I asked for help via email. Don’t bulk your emails together, take the time to read the person’s facebook page or website. Most tell you how they want to be contacted, although not all have their name on. Where there are names, make sure you use them. The other downside to bulk emailing, if you put too many together they can come up as junk mail and never see the light of day (how many time do you check your junk folder?). Also it can be received by sensitive email providers as containing a virus.

It’s not all that I’ve done today, I went shopping in Brighton in the pouring rain. I prefer shopping in the rain, streets and shops are empty. A few bargains were bought. I wrote a new thread for a future series I am going to write. Whenever I am writing a current story I have the next two floating round my head, forming and getting the characters in place. Most of the ramblings are on my notepad on my phone.

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

Contact 1000 853 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:


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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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