Book Launch

Launching a Book in the Indie World – 13 days to go


Less than two weeks and things are going nicely.

Tonight is pretty straight forward, re read the manuscript and check, check, check and check again.

This last but one final sweep is expanded to 150% on my screen and 20 sized letters. I see approximately five lines of the story at once. This way I can see the commas that are in the wrong place. The words look weird so I have to concentrate far more than I would normally.

Also the house is silent, I have headphones in, no music is playing but I need to mute the TV noise and the general distractions that are going on.

I said that book writing would not interfere in my normal routine with friends and family. That changes two days before I have to submit the manuscript. All promises are void for those two days.

Smashwords and Amazon have changed the price of The Disappearance of Catherine Brodie, all set to go at the lower price on iTunes, Amazon, Kobo and B&N. The pre order is also at the reduced price, well it is in the UK anyway, can’t check other country’s iTunes unfortunately but will assume if one is done they all are.

To do list – yikes, proper stuff starts in two days!!

On 22nd Jan – Format the book for eBook and Paperback. On 23rd Jan – Let cover artist (JC Clarke) know the paperback word count so the wrap around can be completed. 24th Jan – Upload the files to Smashwords (to comply with pre order) & update website. On 25th Jan – Update all the other eBook end pages with the new title. On 26th Jan – Do a final read through, then send ARCs, reduce the price of book 1 and let people know. On 27th Jan – email all those who have said they’d help the promo pack. 28th Jan – Upload proofs to Createspace for the paperback. On 29th Jan – Write the Newsletter Release & Blog Release ready for publishing. 2nd Feb – Upload the files to Amazon, add ISBNs to Goodreads. On 3rd Feb – Attach book on Author Central (Amazon), Newsletter Release, Blog Release. Goodreads event should be live, put Facebook Advert Live. 4th to 9th Feb – Post excerpts and teasers, tell everyone about the paperback giveaway (international).

As I think of the other things to do I will set a date for them, I don’t overload each day with too much because I’m quite likely to say sod it and turn to Sky movies and watch a film and end up doing nothing.

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

Contact 1000 750 blogs and get help. Final blog count 250, 36% yes rate, last time was 38% but only contacted 87 blogs, looks like there is a trend. My aim is to get 100 blogs to feature the launch and 87 have said yes this time. Finish writing excerpts; Set up a Goodreads event; Organise a paperback giveaway conditions; Finish designing teasers;  Set up a Facebook advert;

What I’m not going to do this time around:

Thunderclap, author take over, author event, blog tour, set up a Goodreads advert.

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


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.


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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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