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What did I learn from botching my first novel launch?

Oh, the places we’ll go (in our heads) when we’re launching a first novel. Where did I go? Nowhere nice, friends. But I did learn a few things worth passing on.  What have I learned?  First of all, since this is my first novel, it’s hard to know whether my results might have been better if I’d done a better job on the cover or the book description — or on the writing of the novel itself. I had a...

Launching the first novel

How different can launching a novel be from launching a nonfiction book? I’m about to find out. I’m getting ready to launch my first novel, The Lazarus Door — after finishing the launch for my fourth nonfiction book, Writer Overwhelmed! I was so nervous about launching my first novel that I went ahead and submitted my book to Kindle Scout. I thought, “Hey, if Kindle Press wants to publish a novel, I can just lean back and let them handle...

The Kindle Scout Experiment

On Saturday, May 27th, my first novel, The Lazarus Door, started its 30-day Kindle Scout campaign. So, while it’s not wearing the “hot” tag (and hasn’t since the beginning of the campaign), I’ve been sharing images and links to the KindleScout page, asking people to check it out and nominate if they like it at least a little bit and have room in their nominations queue. I’m still fairly new at book marketing and have been experimenting (and reading book marketing...