Preparing for a #NewRelease #Authortips


It’s a little less than a month, October 21st-eeek, before my new release hits the shelves and there’s so much to do!

Here’s a short checklist of what I’ve done, and what is left. I hope it helps you with your book baby.

  1. I place my book onto my preferred marketplaces two months in advance of release day to build up interest.
  2. Newsletters and cross-promotions begin, highlighting short excerpts (up to 10% for KU), teasers, character studies (could do more here), and book trailers.

3. 1 month out, I booked a blog tour. Xpresso Tours provides a NetGalley option which I’ve taken advantage of, I’ll let you know how it goes. If you have room and would like to participate, or even just check out the website, here’s the link: https://xpressobooktours.com/2022/09/23/blitz-sign-up-letting-go-by-jacquie-biggar/

4. 1 month out, Reedsy has a program called Discovery where you can submit your book to be reviewed and promoted on their site for launch day. Here’s mine if you’re interested. https://reedsy.com/discovery/book/letting-go-the-defiant-sisters-duet-book-1-jacquie-biggar#preview

Things to Do Next

5. Reader’s Favorite is another favorite review site for me. You can request a free review and go into their catalog for readers to choose from, or for a nominal fee you can book a professional review within two weeks. I plan on doing this soon. They also have a yearly contest which gets a lot of hype. Here is their link: https://readersfavorite.com/

6. At about the same time, I’ll send out a newsletter to my read/review crew. I’ve worked hard to build it up over the years and now have close to three hundred-fifty members. I’d like to say they all participate, but that’s not true. In some cases, it might depend on the genre, or maybe whether it’s available in audio format. I get between twenty to thirty entries and of that about three quarters post reviews. You can sign up to my newsletter here for more information. http://www.subscribepage.com/jacqbiggar

7. Adding to the previous item; in order to send ARCs to my review crew, I have an account with Bookfunnel. They allow you to upload your ePub and PDF files, watermark them for protection, then share a link with your readers so they can download their preferred format. The site keeps track of downloads and dates, allowing you to better manage your manuscripts and prevent pirating.

8. Hidden Gems. This is my secret weapon. They are a reader-centric website focused on matching authors with reviewers interested in their particular genre. Warning, they aren’t cheap, but they are worth the price. https://www.hiddengemsbooks.com/

I’ve done everything I can think of to give this baby a good send-off. Do you have anything I could add to my list?

Coming October 21st

Letting Go: The Defiant Sisters- Book 1

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B3R41NWF

International: https://books2read.com/Letting-Go-Defiant-Sisters

TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61269995-letting-go–the-defiant-sisters-book-1

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/letting-go-the-defiant-sisters-book1-the-defiant-sisters-duet-by-jacquie-biggar

A coming-of-age novel about the pain of misconceptions and learning from them.

 When life gives you lemons…

Izzy

Mom is barely in the grave and the prodigal child is here to pick the bones clean.

I don’t want her here. My sister’s defection is a wound that won’t heal and her return simply rubs at the scabs covering my heart.

I’ve managed just fine without her. She can go back to her fancy college and forget about us- that’s what she does best anyway.

If only I didn’t need her help. Or miss her so much.

Renée

The day my dad committed suicide I ran. I’ve been running ever since.

Going home is supposed to be the answer. Instead, it makes me question every thoughtless decision I’ve made.

My sister hates me. My little brother barely knows me. And Simon… is engaged.

None of it matters- or so I tell myself. I’m here to make amends and face a past haunted by regret.

As long as I can convince myself to stay.

Letting Go is a young adult romance dealing with tragedy, restitution, and love in all its aspects. The story relates to sensitive topics that may be triggering for some readers.

56 Comments

  1. I found several avenues I didn’t know about on your list, Jacquie, so thank you for those…

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    1. Great! Hope they are helpful to you 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the reblog!

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  2. It looks like you’ve got all of your ducks in a row, Jacquie!

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    1. Looks can be decieving, Jill, lol

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    1. Thanks for the share, my friend!

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  3. Staci Troilo says:

    Thanks for sharing your process. I’m looking forward to hearing how Xpresso/NetGalley pans out. Best wishes on your release. As always, the books sounds wonderful!

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    1. Thanks, Staci, I’m hoping for some good reviews 🙂

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  4. Thanks for spending time to share tips on preparing for new releases, even though you are hurrying up with a own project, Jacquie! Good luck and best wishes! xx Michael

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    1. I hope it helps others, Michael, thank you!

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  5. Great tips, Jacquie. Thanks for sharing. Have fun with your new release and book tour.

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    1. Thank you, Mary, it’s been a while since the last story!

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  6. This is a great list, Jacquie. Thanks so much for sharing! Good luck with your new release 💕🙂

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    1. Thank you, Harmony, I hope it helps!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your process. All good things to know. The book sounds interesting. Good luck with the release.

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    1. Thanks, Michele. It feels good to give back to the writing community 🙂

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  8. Kymber Hawke says:

    Wow! How exciting! I’ve learned so much from this post about the things you should do before publishing. 🙂 Wishing you the best on your release.

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    1. Thank you, Kymber. There are a lot of different ways to promote your book baby out there. These are more for building the all-important reviews, lol

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  9. Best wishes for your new release, Jacquie! 💖😍

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    1. Thank you, Miriam!

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      1. You’re welcome, Jacquie!

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  10. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Great list before release, Jacquie. There are a couple I didn’t know about. I look forward to being a part of the tour and seeing how they work. Wishing you much success. Xo

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    1. Thank you, Denise! I’ve worked with Giselle (Xpresso Book Tours) before and find her to be organized and professional.

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  11. petespringerauthor says:

    Sheesh! I’ve got so much to learn. Oh well, it’s nice to have the time to explore some of these avenues.

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    1. I’m still learning, as well. What works once, doesn’t necessarily have the same outcome the next time, lol

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  12. Mae Clair says:

    What a fantastic list, Jacquie! You definitely have your act together.
    Wishing you much success. I look forward to reading Letting Go!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. I’m trying to be more organized with this release- we’ll see how it goes! lol

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  13. Great list of things you’ve done marketing your new book, Jacquie. I’ve done none of those! I’ll see if you still need sign-ups for the release with your tour folks.

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    1. You do well with reviews, so maybe it’s not necessary (which is awesome!). Thanks for offering to host me, Jacqui, appreciated {{hugs}}

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      1. Filled out the form! I’m sure I’ll hear from them soon.

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  14. Great list, Jacquie. Thanks for sharing. I have stopped signing up with professional tours. They tend to treat participants with little regard. This group may be different and best wishes with your launch and tour. If you want my help I have most Wednesdays free and would be happy to feature your book. All I need is the blurb, cover shot, author bio, maybe an excerpt, and the links.

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    1. My e-mail johnhowell (dot) wave (At) gmail (dot) com

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    2. Thank you for your generous offer, John! I’ll send the info this afternoon and am happy to repay the privilege any time 🙂

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  15. Jan Sikes says:

    You’ve certainly got your bases covered, Jacquie. With my next book coming out on October 19th, I am overwhelmed with all I need to do and stressed about all I haven’t done. There are SO many options out there. I’ll be curious to hear the results of your Xpresso tour. My publisher offers a NetGalley option. Guess I should’ve looked into it before now. Deep sigh. Am I allowed to say I’m tired? And it hasn’t even launched yet. Best wishes on this release. It is already on my radar!

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    1. It’s a lot of work but worth it in the end. Congrats on your upcoming release!

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  16. Teri Polen says:

    There’s so much to do before a release, and you’ve given me some ideas, Jacquie. Welcome to the YA genre!

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    1. Glad to help, Teri. I hope that I stayed true to the genre (fingers crossed!)

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  17. I know you can do it!
    I feel your pain, Jacquie. About 5 weeks ago I started what I meant to be a long-short story that I wanted to finish by October 1. The darn thing keeps getting bigger and my deadline is breathing down my neck…
    Thanks very much for this post. It’s helpful. I’ll look into some of the links you offered. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Some plotlines refuse to be harnessed, lol. Best of luck with your filly, Teagan!
      P.S.
      I still LOVE this cover!

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      1. It was an honor to make the cover. I’m so glad you love it! Now that I’ve finished with Dead of Winter, maybe I’ll start doing more covers again.

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  18. balroop2013 says:

    You are so organized Jacquie! Much to learn from you! Wishing you great success with your new book.

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    1. My husband wouldn’t agree with you, lol. Thank you, Balroop, appreciated!

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  19. Wow, Jacquie. I could have used this advice six months ago. Lol. You’re amazingly organized and what great resources. Thanks so much for sharing your calendar and the sites that you contact to set up your launch. I’m going to favorite this. And I’m looking forward to the read too. I loved Sister Pact and was excited to see this series.

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    1. Thank you, Diana. I save a lot of your writer tips, as well 🙂

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      1. This was, by far, the best set of launch tips I’ve read. It was excellent!

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  20. Hi Jacquie, I am not able to offer you any advice but you have certainly provided me with a great deal. I do very few of these things and had wondered how to get a book on to NetGalley. You certainly know your way around the publishing world and it is very generous of you to share that knowledge. PS I hope all is well with your daughter and grandson.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie, I’ve tried to soak up information over the last ten years (Wow, ten years of writing!) and decided it was past time to share with my blogging friends.
      The kids are doing well, thanks for asking. Brandy managed to find a house on the outskirts of the city that she can hopefully afford. The rent there is a lot like here- astronomical. Aiden is going to start high school in January after two years of home schooling. I’m worried for him with his Diabetes but know it’s important for him to meet new people- fingers crossed it goes well.
      I hope everything is well with your boys {{hugs}}

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      1. It is very kind of you to share. I am so happy that things are going well. I do remember that property was very expensive in New Zealand. I noticed that when we visited. Eating out and good generally was also expensive. We found NZL to be much more expensive than the UK which was interesting for me.

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  21. markbierman says:

    Congratulations on your upcoming release, Jacquie! I appreciate the info as I find the publishing world one giant maze.

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    1. And we’re the experimental mice, lol

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