At the weekend I was walking past our local book shop in Whitchurch when what did I see but my own face staring back at me from a poster in the window! It was the weirdest feeling. (But possibly not quite as weird as the sight of me taking a photo of a photograph of myself in a shop window!)
Bookshrop is the venue for the launch of The Family Trap on Saturday 16th February, and I’m in good company because fellow local author Kate Long is also doing a signing there in March, and Costa First Novel shortlisted author J.W. Ironmonger was there on Saturday.
I popped in to have a chat with him – lovely chap – and bought of copy of his book. It was great to see how the shop will be set up for the day – table right up front, back-drop for posters etc – and it went some way to allay my nerves. Dinah who owns Bookshrop is an old hand at these events so I’m sure she’ll show me the ropes.
Here’s my game-plan for the event so far. Please let me know what you think and if there’s anything I’m missing. All advice gratefully received
- Send invitations to everyone I know, put event on Facebook and Twitter.
- Contact local press and ask if they’d like to send a photographer or if I can send in my own photos.
- Ask our local school if I can put up a poster or provide flyers.
- Contact local radio and tell them about it too.
- Tie in with Valentine’s Day and run a competition on my blog to win a signed copy of the book.
- Plan a couple of guest posts on select book blogs to promote the launch.
- Add the first chapter to the end of Can’t Live Without along with a link (once The Family Trap is live.)
- Send details into Writing Magazine for their Members’ News section.
- Order books (duh!) to be ready for the day.
- Print out postcards to leave in local shops etc.
- On the day, take some chocolates (Valentine-themed) for the table, a pen, books, postcards and bookmarks, a newsletter sign-up sheet, a folder of reviews for CLW, and a great big smile!
Phew, tired just thinking about it! Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my office is now finished and looks fabulous. I’ll be taking you for a guided tour around it on the January vlog post very soon. (The office is very, very small so it won’t take long!)