What to Plan When Self-Publishing [Collab with Natalia Leigh]

Today I’m super excited because I’m teaming up with fellow author and YouTuber, Natalia Leigh, to talk to you guys about the different things you should plan for when publishing a book. In my video, I’ll be talking about using advanced reader copies, finding readers, finding your author platform, creating a book trailer, launching your book and marketing your book. Be sure to also check out Natalia’s video because she’ll be talking about formatting your novel, cover design, finding an editor and beta readers!

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How to Host a Book Launch – Marketing for Authors

It’s time to talk about book launches. It’s super exciting to have a book coming out, but it can also be really stressful to arrange a book launch, especially as a debut author when you aren’t always sure what you’re doing. For today’s blog post I’m breaking it all down for you. Find out how to host a successful, and easy, book signing. You’ll learn where to host your signing, who to invite and how to promote it online!

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I am Mercy Book Signing!!!

So I may have forgotten to vlog while I was at the signing…my bad…sorry for the short video! More to come!

How to arrange a book signing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GOEHBKw8Ws

See all the photos fromt the signing: https://mandilynn.com/photos-2/i-am-mercy-book-launch/

My NaNoWriMo profile: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/mandilynnwrites

MY SECOND BOOK IS PUBLISHED!!!

Buy it now! http://www.amazon.com/dp/1518797563

Join the virtual launch party! https://www.facebook.com/events/870773016348443/

Come to the book signing! https://www.facebook.com/events/1492669744358661/

My NaNoWriMo profile: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/mandilynnwrites

I am Mercy Cover Reveal, Contest, ARCs, and MORE!!!

Sign up to get an email when I am Mercy comes out! http://goo.gl/forms/SH3EZan6z1

Read the first five chapter of I am Mercy FREE!  http://goo.gl/forms/GrOhY51g36

Want an advanced copy of I am Mercy for review? http://goo.gl/forms/kwYV9eR24a

Enter to win a signed copy of I am Mercy! http://gvwy.io/sg31ucv

Book Launch I’m helping to host! https://www.facebook.com/events/514332182052102/

Imagine living every day, knowing your family doesn’t love you. Imagine living a life in a world that looks at you as a curse. In 14th century France Aida is accused of being a witch when the Black Death wipes through her village. Abandoned by her family she is surrounded by death and disease, but when a woman who may actually be a witch tells her how to cure the plague it may mean uncovering a dark magic. But if that means being able to save those you love, wouldn’t you do it? Even if they didn’t love you back?

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Self-Publishing Costs (1 Day Until Essence!)

Essence Comes Out Tomorrow!!!

My editors: http://bubblecow.net/

So before I started the process of self-publishing my book, I had money saved up to buy my first car. Sadly the car had to put off for a few months, but I was able to jump right into publishing my book. Please note that for a long time I was working every day right after school. Not all teenagers are able to make this kind of money and I don’t take it for granted. My parents didn’t pay for my publishing; however they did lend my money to buy the 100 copies of my book because at this point, like I said, I can barley pay for gas to go to work. It’s a big finial decision to self-publish the RIGHT way, but if you believe in yourself it will be worth it!

COSTS:
Wordpress- $99
Domain – $26.02
Umbrella Lights- $ 49.80
Dress- $35.95
Tailor- $20
Fabric- $8
Front Rights- $59
Structure Edits- $780.27
Copy Edits- $728.30
Trailer Music Rights- $49
ARC (10)- $46.90
Shipping Envelopes (10)- $8.97
Shipping- $62.69
International ARC (6)- $71.96
Expanded Distribution- $25
Guest Book- $18.99
Business Cards (500)- $10
Poster- $13.53
Essence (100)- $521
TOTAL: $2,634.38

What’s it like to be a Teen Author? (4 Days Until Essence)

4 Days Until Essence Comes Out!

Being a teen author is all about learning. Its learning to adapt and learning how to market yourself in a respectable way. My life is busy and stressful, but I wouldn’t change it for anything (well, maybe a contract with a big name publisher, but I’m still waiting for that to happen).