Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October IWSG: Book Launch Obsession

Did that really say October IWSG?! Where has the time gone?

First of all, I LOVE fall. I love the leaves, the cooler weather, the pumpkins—I love it all! But now, I have an even greater reason to love fall. My debut novel Catalyst (a YA near-future thriller) releases in just under two months!

But I'm not ready!

What does that mean exactly? I'm not ready?

It means that for months I've had these grand expectations of what my launch will look like, be like, even feel like. I've dreamed and planned. However, as my launch quickly approaches, the anticipation, the excitement, even the stress has become a bit overwhelming. I feel like I'm behind in setting up book signings. I'm behind in contacting news stations. I'm behind in ordering my swag. I'm behind in registering for book festivals. I'm behind in rounding out the details for my BIG launch party. At least, this is what I'm telling myself.

I want everything to be so perfect and be the best damn launch anyone has ever seen (lol!) that I've put WAY too much pressure on myself. I just need to breathe, right?

One thing I need to keep telling myself is that the book isn't going anywhere. Even after my launch, it will still be out in the world. So what that my pre-order swag plan didn't work out because Amazon shipped my pre-orders 6 WEEKS EARLY! (By the way, has that ever happened to anyone else?) But it's okay, I've decided to turn that setback into a chance to promote.

Which brings me to my next thing. Guess what?!! I'm doing a Catalyst Photo Contest! Here are all the details:

Oh, and if you haven't already done it, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE add Catalyst to Goodreads HERE. Thank you bunches!!

And if you want to enter the contest, but haven't ordered your copy of Catalyst yet, you can do that HERE.

This post brought to you by the IWSG! A huge thank you to Alex Cavanaugh for creating this wonderful, supportive group of writers. And thank you to our co-hosts for today: Susan Gourley/KelleySusan SaysBeverly Stowe McClureMegan MorganViola FuryMadeline Mora-Summonte, and Angela Wooldridge.

Question of the day: What have you found to be the most effective when promoting your book?