Monday, October 20, 2014

Now this is the story all about how...


My life got flipped-turned upside down.

No, I am not the new Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Though I do feel a bit like a princess. 

I'm finally ready to share the exciting news I hinted at last week. Ready?

I'm self-publishing my debut YA novel on December 4th! I'm Goodreads official and everything.

So I realize that many of you might be thinking 'Wait, isn't she an agent? Why is she self-publishing?' And those are great questions. I'm going to talk about my very weird path to publication and how I decided to go it on my own on Wednesday. I tried to include it all here, but it was too much info to include with this post and I didn't want to leave anything out and leave you with questions.

For today, I want to talk about WAM, that's right, What About Me, or really, you. Because I personally think this is going to be awesome (and not just because it's my book). 

Here's the deal. We all read the guest posts from authors that talk about how they market and get the word out about their book. But you can't really do justice to an entire marketing plan in a single post. But what if an author shared all their action steps and results in real time so you could follow along and get the full picture of what works, what doesn't work, and what might be crazy enough to work someday? Wouldn't that be cool?

Yeah, I think so, too. In fact, I've gone so far as to stalk research authors during their releases to see what they are doing. So that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to share every step I take, what I do, how I do it, and (when it's possible) how it worked. You guys will get to see the good, bad and the ugly all right here.

And here's where it gets even better. Do you have a marketing idea, or a platform, or program you've always wondered about, but didn't want to risk trying it? Hey, there. Let me know, and when it's feasible, I'll incorporate it into my marketing plan and tell you all about it. And if it's not something I can do (or believe is right for my book), I'll talk about why.

The idea is to be an open book and give you guys a backstage pass to my marketing efforts. To my knowledge, I've never seen an author do this before so I'm really excited about it.

So, for now, send me any ideas of marketing efforts you'd like to see me implement. And feel free to check out my Goodreads listing. I've also updated the Author tab on the blog to include all the book info. The cover is still a place holder until I figure out how and when to do the reveal. And when I do figure it out, you'll be the first to know.

And while we're on the subject of first to know, you guys are not actually the first to know about this. All my newsletter subscribers are. In fact, anytime I have big news or secret info, the awesome people who get my newsletter will always hear about it first. Including, opportunities to get an early review copy. So if you aren't signed up for my newsletter, do it now. You'll also get a free copy of my DIY Blog Tour handbook, so it's a win-win-win.

Finally, let me say thank you. The well-wishes I've already received have been so lovely. I can't wait to share my book with the world, but it wouldn't be nearly as much fun without all of you there to share it with me. You guys rock my face off, red lipstick and all.

19 comments:

  1. How exciting!! Congratulations Sarah!! Exciting times for you!

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  2. There was a great blog post I read with links to professional reviewers, several who specifically focused on small publishers and/or self-published authors. Are you going down that path (as well as all your author/blogger friends)?

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  3. Yes, I have already started the process of reaching out to bloggers, but I'm always willing to add more to my list. Do you have the link to the post?

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    1. Sorry Sarah, took me a few days to find where I kept a copy of the link! It's a longish post but toward the end is a good selection of US & Aussie reviewers
      I passed on the info to a few of my Aussie authors too :)

      http://lostlynx.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/how-to-get-a-book-review-or-the-art-of-launching-without-becoming-a-nuisance/

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    2. Thank you! I'll definitely check this out. :)

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  4. Let me say again that I'm so excited for you and I'm here and willing to help out in any way I can. :)

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. I am definitely feeling the love today. :)

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  5. I am really looking forward to reading all about your "very weird path to publication"...congratulations!

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  6. Oh, wahoo! Congratulations and how exciting (it really is an exciting feeling!) Your real time marketing idea is so cool - I'm on my way to check out Goodreads!

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    1. Glad you're excited Kimberly. As soon as I knew I was going to publish I knew I would have to share the marketing journey with all of you.

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  7. Congrats, Sarah! Looking forward to hearing more about it. :)

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  8. Awesome post! Congrats on your debut! I read the blurb on Goodreads and then made grabby hands at the computer. Can't wait to read it!

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    1. Yeah! The good news is the release isn't that far out and the cover reveal is coming on Nov. 3rd. :)

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  9. Congrats, Sarah! Can't wait to hear about your path to publication, and I'll be signing up for your newsletter :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, I'm so excited to share the whole crazy ride with everyone. And thanks for signing up for the newsletter. There will be more good stuff headed you way shortly. :)

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  10. Congrats again! Can't wait to get a copy.

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