Okay if you coming into this post cold, you might want to read part one.
Here we go months 24 – 13
Month 24 – Buy or recycle a 3 ring binder for Marketing then identify local newspapers and media out lets, call them tell them you are an author going to have a book published (if they ask by who say, it’s a small firm and you can’t say the name right now) You are asking for the contact names for press release and articles for the future.
Month 23 – Write a 300 word synopsis of your book. Include conflict, main character’s goal and love interest. Make it as interesting as possible. Show it to others, get their reactions.
Month 22 – Write a 150 word synopsis of your book. This will be a cut down of your original synopsis.
Month 21 – Write a 50 word synopsis of your book. This will be a cut down of your original synopsis.
Buy either Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual or The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote and Sell Your Own Book by Marilyn Ross and Sue Collier.
At this point you will have to make a decision. I went with the publishing company. You may decide to keep the moniker of a self-published author, but it looks better if there is a different name publishing your book. So, take a look at one of these you may decide to “pretend “ to be a real publisher.
Month 20 – Create a biography of your life focusing the subject matter of your book. One page 3 paragraphs. 1st paragraph about your life, 2nd paragraph about your book. 3rd paragraph why you and your book are interesting.
Month 19 – Create a half page double spaced list of the best reasons why to buy/read your book.
Month 18 – Make a list of potential stories you could write that have an INDIRECT connection to your book (if you are doing a murder mystery, maybe you know the coroner of your town, or if your book concerns a teacher – perhaps an article about how teachers have to take continuing education classes) Eventually you will write these stories and start feeding them to your local and regional papers with the title of your book and your name… to created interest.
Month 17 – Rough out a cover design of the front and back of your book. This might require a trip to the bookstore or library to see other books like yours.
Month 16 – Write one article from the list you made in month 18
Month 15– Write one article from the list you made in month 18
Month 14 – Contact local bookstores. Find out who is the book signing coordinator. Get their name, call them, find out the procedure for book signings. Don’t be discouraged, a lot will not want your book until after its published, or not at all if you are publishing yourself.
Month 13 – You should have your book back from the editor by now. Make sure you have all the changes incorporated. Try to avoid large scale rewrites at this point as errors can occur at this point and it will be very difficult to see them if you are the author.