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Marketing & Promotion For Your Book Launch

A book launch is a great way to get the word out about your new book, and marketing and promotion is a great way to spread the word about your launch!

I know, this is the point at which most writers cringe. Can’t we just write and publish the book and the rest takes care of itself?? Well, no. If you’re happy just to have your friends and family know about the book, then there’s not much need for marketing and promotion. But if you do, you need to have a marketing plan.

The good news is, promoting your book and its launch isn’t as hard and scary as you think! You just need to know what to do, and be persistent and consistent!

Facebook 

A simple way to promote the launch of your new book is to share it on Facebook! If you have a personal Facebook profile, publish a post with the cover image of your book and a quick blurb, and the details of your launch.
If you have a Facebook page, publish the above post on your page, and then share to your personal profile to help it to be seen more. And if you wish, you can use Facebook Advertising to reach even more people.

Blog

If you have a blog, publish a post with the cover image of your book and a quick blurb, and the details of your launch.

Instagram 

Post the cover image of your book along with a quick blurb and the details of your launch, or a link to the details. Instagram allows for 2,200 characters. You can use up to 30 hashtags for your Instagram posts.

Twitter

Seeing as you are only allowed 280 characters for a tweet, you will need to keep the content brief. Post a link to the launch details where people can find out more. Post the cover image along with a short blurb, or the release details. Use hashtags to help the post to be seen!

Does all this posting sound very time consuming? Hootsuite is a social media management platform that enables you to schedule posts in advance. You can sign up for and link up to three social media accounts for free!

Also, have a look at the contacts you have in your email. You don’t need to have an email database set up; even just sending a message out to your friends and family letting them know about your launch can be helpful. They can also pass it on to their contacts!

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Setting Up Your Kindle Direct Publishing Account

Setting up a book on Kindle Direct Publishing is a very simple process and easily self-guided. In this video, I will go through the main steps, and will show you how to fill in the rest of the details yourself.
Remember, if you are doing this for the first time, I would highly recommend going through the set-up process with a ‘mock’ book first, so that you can familiarise yourself with the steps, and make the set-up of your real book much easier.

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Formatting Your Manuscript For Kindle: The SIMPLEST Guide You’ll Find On The Internet!!

Okay, so you’ve formatted your manuscript according to the specifications for CreateSpace, and your book is ready to be published in paperback. Now onto the Kindle ebook edition!

Kindle Direct Publishing guide the user through the following book setup processes:

Book Title Information
ISBN (the barcode you see on the back of books)
Interior (the book manuscript)
Distribution Channels (where the book will be sold online).

Formatting A Word Document For Kindle Direct Publishing (Ebook)

          Font

  • Title Page- Book Title Size 36
    – Author name: Size 16
    -Copyright message (©) Bold Size 12
  • About The Author message: Times New Roman Size 14
  • Chapter Headings: Times New Roman Bold Size 16
  • Book interior text: Times New Roman Size 12

          Book Layout

  • Paper Size (Width & Height): 13.69cm x 20.09 cm
  • Margins: -Top/Bottom/Left/Right: ZERO
    *This margin setting will look very strange on the page, and will advise you that it margins are set outside the printable area. This is how margins need to be set for Kindle formatting.
  • Set paragraph indentation for 1cm: Format>Paragraph>Indentation & Line Spacing
  • Set line spacing to SINGLE
  • Save As a WEB PAGE (.htm)Cover Design

    NOTE: You can use the same cover image file for a CreateSpace book and a Kindle ebook. A CreateSpace paperback requires the cover image to be 300 dpi (dots per image) while a Kindle cover image is only required to be 72 dpi You can create covers from stock images or your own personal photos using PicMonkey, Photoshop or other preferred photo editing programs. I will go into more detail about book cover creation on an upcoming post.

    Cover dimensions: 1600 x 2400 pixels
    300 dpi (dots per inch) for CreateSpace hard copy

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    Click HERE to view and purchase my titles on Amazon!

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