Book launch strategies – what’s working in 2019 #20BooksEdinburgh

One of the biggest ongoing challenges for indie authors is keeping up with the ever-changing world of marketing – ad sites change, algorithms change, what worked last year (or last month) is no longer effective. It’s a frustrating reality of the publishing world, but once you’ve decided to embrace the job, you need to keep up, so here is yet another post on launch strategies – what’s working well at the moment.

This may not work by next year, so is ‘of the moment’, hot news from the mega-successful author/publishers who shared their current process at 20BooksEdinburgh. Some aspects seem to be evergreen, others are current best practice.

Michael Anderle sharing his knowledge

Successful Launch Strategies – 2019

  • Teasing – target readers’ emotions – let them know what feeling they can expect from the book
  • Tropes – let readers know what tropes they can expect to find inside the covers
  • Social media – one month before release: posts, snippets, videos, livestream
  • Snippets – start at the first page and build up, so readers are already part way into the book
  • Newsletter swaps
  • Facebook live – read bits aloud

Timeline

  • Rapid release works best – definitely within 28 days, but at the moment every 2 weeks is optimal (60K word books)
  • For KUtry releasing books 1, 2 and 3 in a single volume (not presented as a box set, but as a single book) – improves read-through by getting them hooked. The goal is to avoid losing readers between books 1 & 2
  • Decide if your goal is bank or rank – releasing at 99c may give you rank, but full price is better for bank.
  • When? Keep an eye out on top sellers in your genre – 2 options are (1) avoid big name release dates, or (2) go on the same day to try to piggy back off their interested readers.
  • For longer books, release book #1, then a month later release the audio book (these work best at about 12 hours long). After 2 months release book #2
  • Pre-orders – around 3 weeks works best – Amazon emails notification of release to your followers after 2 weeks
  • Which day? Set your pre-order for the last day of the month, so payment comes in sooner. Fridays are a good day, though Tuesdays and Thursdays are good for getting rankings. Be consistent.

Build up your base supporters – Facebook Groups and an engaged email list.

Research * Study * Test * Engage

Any other things you’ve found work well? We all want to know!

11 comments

  1. I just finished your other list–of updates when you have a new book out. That was wonderful. Now I have a new list!

    1. Congrats on the new book – let me know how the release goes 😀

      1. Will do. I’m excited to get this one launched!

  2. Thanks so much for this Deb. I’ll include it in my next ‘writer’s tips’ edition 🙂 x

    1. Awesome, thanks Deb!

  3. This was really helpful, Deborah. Especially since I’m terrible at this! Thanks! 😀

    1. Not my strong point either! I will try to do better 😀

  4. Great advice, thank you.

    1. Always happy to pass it one 😀

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