Last night was my paperback launch and after two weeks of frantic planning, it was totally amazing! Thank you so much to everyone who turned up to support me. It meant so much. I have also been invited on two amazing blogs today, talking about writing a novel with Wendy Scott and writing mascots, with Jan Hawke.
For my paperback launch I set everything up with some amazing helpers and over 75 guests arrived. I did my thank you’s to the venue, florist and the person who made the book cake pops and edible book marks, then played my book trailer. Next I read the first chapter of my book. After that was an author Q&A and then people mingled while I signed so many books! Many people said that after they heard the first chapter, they couldn’t wait to go home and start reading the book. What a compliment! I was dithering wether I should include the book reading due to my being so nervous, but I’m so glad I did.
I had a queue of people to the door waiting for a signed copy of my book and I have never experienced anything like it. I signed books for 30-40 mins solidly and it really is worth the extra effort about decorations and bookmarks, swag bags, as people posted them on Facebook with my book links and some friends have now also bought my book, plus there were lots of smiling faces where people enjoyed discovering the treats inside the swag bags. It really was a night I will always remember and a big thank you to the continued support of my tour team for the ebook launch on the 30th Jan.
Here are some photos of my launch: The first one is a newspaper photo shoot just before the launch began.
Hello everyone. This is day three of my book launch tour and the latest visit is the blog of my friend and author Suzanne Burke. To check out her post, click here.
I thought i’d also share with you some of the things I post in my tour Facebook group, which you are all welcome to join.
For my paperback launch I have made swag bags for the guests.
As my book has a Ninja theme and is set in a school playground, my launch is in a school library. People have said the swag bags look really expensive, but they aren’t, they just take time to make. I will then use the bags as centrepieces for the tables and for guests to take home. They are a great way to let the guests at my launch know more about my book.
I bought 100 white sandwich bags from a wholesaler. £7.00
I used design software and put 10 book covers on an A4 page. I printed 5 on my home computer. I then cut them out and stuck them to the front of the bags.
I bought big napkins in a bright orange colour, as they reflect my book cover. £3.50 for 125, so I have spare for the centre of tables.
In each bag I put a bag of fizzy candy mini chocolate oranges. I chose these as they fill the bags up and match the colour of my book cover. This was my biggest expense. £0.50-£0.99 per bag.
I then set up an A4 page with small book quotes about writing. I added 100 to 1 page and printed it out.
I bought packs of small lined writing pads from a shop. £1 for a pack of 5 pads.
I stuck the book quotes to the front.
I bought a pack of 50 ballpoint pens for £2
I added my book postcards with book details and buy links to the bag.
£1.20-£1.45 per bag.