Sample Launch Plan: Debut Release

The Ambitious Author

Sample Book Launch Plan

Some days it can feel like we’re drowning in marketing ideas and suggestions. Especially for new authors, the overwhelm can smother us to the point that it’s hard to act at all because of the barrage of tasks.

To help lessen the overwhelm, I’m beginning a series of blog posts to talk about what pieces should be the core focus of a launch, depending on what type of book launch you’re doing.

Today’s post covers a launch plan for your debut release, both the big picture goals and the details.

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Mooning the Earth: Moon Names and Facts

Beyond the Precipice

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We recently had a Thunder Moon on July 9 and before that the Strawberry Moon on June 9. Coming up is the Sturgeon Moon on August 7, and most of you have heard of the Harvest Moon (September 6). Where did these full-moon names come from, and what do they mean?

  • Why do full moons have names?
  • What causes the phases of the moon?
  • Why is a full moon sometimes called a Super Moon?
  • How was the moon created?
  • How long would it take to drive or walk to the moon?

Did you know . . .

  • life as we know it would not exist without the moon?
  • the moon is drifting away from us?
  • the moon is not the Earth’s only satellite?

“Many moons ago” is an idiom that means “a long time ago.” A full moon occurs occurs every 29.53 days…

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Would YOU Like To Help Sponsor The Next Word Weaver Writing Contest (which is in July)?

I like Dan’s humorous writing style. maybe you will, too.

Dan Alatorre

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Announcing the next quarterly Word Weaver Writing Contest: JULY 2017!

DO YOU NEED PUBLICITY for your book or website?

Be a SPONSOR of the Word Weaver Writing Contest!

Use the contact me button to become a sponsor. Let’s talk!

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On July 1, 2017, I will announce the rules for our 2nd quarterly writing contest. We plan to do a total of three this year.

There will be prizes, so we will need sponsors. YOU COULD BE ONE!

Right now I’m talking to people about

  • $50, $25 and $10 Amazon gift cards (I will probably provide those)
  • signed paperbacks, by me and other authors/sponsors (you could be one of those)
  • book covers from real cover designers,
  • editing services
  • on and on – PLUS a secret prize package to be announced during the contest, that may or may not be membership in my Private Critique…

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Thinking out loud….

I love to read. Always have. When I was growing up, my father was addicted to pocket book westerns. I can remember seeing him sit in his rocker and read one a day. Sometimes, I would sit in his lap and he would read to me and I was enthralled by what Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour had to say. That is when I fell in love with the written word. By the time I entered high school I knew that one day, I would be a writer.

I read a book a long time ago that really  made an impression on me. It was written by Louis L’Amour and called Last of the Breed. There are basically only two characters in the book, a Native American Air Force major named Joe Mack and his nemesis a Siberian tracker. Joe crashes in Russia and he gets captured. He escapes prison only to realize he has to get across Siberia to the Bering Strait and has to rely on his wits and ancestral skills to survive. The story is so well written you don’t realize there is almost no dialogue.  I loved it. Still do. A prime example of what a really gifted writer can do. In my humble opinion anyway.

While romance novels of all sub genre are my favorites, I will read anything that catches my eye. As long as the author can hold my interest, I will read about super heroes and super spy’s, dragons and vampires, dukes and earls or cowboys and Indians. If the story is tight, the action fast and the plot intriguing, I’ll keep reading.

What keeps you reading? What will make you put a book down and not finish it?



Cover Reveal!

Just got the cover for Secrets of the Heart! Just Write Creations did a wonderful job with it! Be  watching for a contest to receive a free ecopy when it is released. No specific date yet but will be May, 2016!  I am so excited!

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Stop and smell the roses….

We have all heard that line at some point in our lives but have you ever really stopped to consider what says? I know in my own life which, even though I am retired and supposedly have all the time in the world, a day ends and I have to really think about what happened in the course of that day.  There are so very many things in life that bring me joy – when I take the time to smell the roses.

I love spending time with my children and grandchildren who I have found to be a great source of joy. Had lunch with one daughter a week or so ago and the other one today and I realized how much I missed that one-on-one time with them.  My son drops by from time to time checking on us but we don’t get to visit like we used to. Everyone is so busy with life that, well time just rushes by and we don’t even see the roses much less stop to enjoy them.

And we need to stop and enjoy them. Those little stops rejuvenate us, give us new purpose, shore up weak spots in our psyche and help us tackle the thorns that litter the path as well.

When was the last time you had an actual family dinner hour where everyone sat down – minus cell phones, iPads, etc – and had a meal together and shared your days events?  When was the last time you took a walk in the rain, went wading in a creek, caught a firefly in a jar or made a dandelion wish? To quote a line from a poem I wrote many years ago….”Those are the things of my youth, you say; I’m too old to go wadin’ and I’m too old to play.”

But are you? Really? The things that brought you peace and joy as a child can still bring that same peace today because of the memories associated with them. So, take the time to smell the roses of life and your life will be the richer for it.