After spending countless hours writing, editing, and creating a book, it can be a rewarding experience for an author to celebrate their hard work, and can also be beneficial to have a book launch event to market and promote their book. As an author, this event gives you an opportunity to celebrate all the weeks, months, or even years that led to the publication of your book. If not organized and managed properly, however, book launch events can end up being extremely expensive and a waste of time.
Tips on How to Have a Successful Book Launch
If done right, book launches these events can provide crucial momentum. Not only will this allow you to network with fellow authors and readers, but also, will help you plan your next steps which includes marketing your book. ChatEbooks lists down tips on how to ensure a successful book launch.
Research Potential Venues
One tip for you to take into consideration to ensure a successful book event is to research potential venues. It can be beneficial to actually visit these venues in person. Potential venues should be based on who you wish to invite to the event and what goals you desire to accomplish by hosting the event. It can be helpful to host a book event at a retail location. Bookstores and other retailers will be content if you can bring in a lot of people to their store, and they are also usually willing to handle the sales. Another beneficial strategy is to locate a retailer that has connections to the book. For instance, if your book is about outdoor activities, a local recreational equipment store is an excellent venue to host the event.
Keep Guests Entertained
Another useful tip to host a successful book launch event is to find ways to keep the guests entertained. You invest a lot of time, energy, and money into planning the event and getting people there. Rather than planning one long reading, it can be useful to create an event that is relatively shorter and can be repeated over the course of three or four hours. If possible, appropriate music and visuals should be presented for entertainment. Presenting a slideshow or a book trailer can capture the attention of guests who will want to know more about the book. You should consider how you can make the event more entertaining and more original than other events that your VIPS may be invited to on the same night.
Use Social Media
Utilizing social media can be extremely advantageous if you are wishing to have a successful book launch. You should set up a special page on your website called “Spread the Word”. This can make it easier for people to spread the word about the event via social media. By including some prefabricated tweets, people can spread the word with the click of a button. Adding several images of the book cover can also be a great strategy, as this allows people to use your images by copying and pasting them to their own site.
Gathering addresses is an essential component to ensure a successful book launch. As an author, you want to keep in contact with the people you have spent time with at your event. Make sure you have a way to obtain each attendee’s email address. These email addresses come very handy when writing thank you letters to guests, thanking them for coming to the book event. You should also write to those who were not able to attend the event to tell them that they were missed, and also to inform them about where the book can be purchased.
While planning a successful book event to market a book can take a lot of time and energy, the hard work can pay off if the event is planned and organized properly. By taking these four tips into consideration, you should be able to market your book and have fun doing it at the same time.