This week I want to write a bit more about my fourth novel, Whizzers. It’s my current Work-In-Progress, and I plan to have it finished this year in order to launch it in 2019.

One of the few luxuries of being an independent author is that I haven’t set a firm publication date yet – because I don’t have to! I’ve still got to finish the story. Then I’ll deal with editing, proofreading, cover design, and all the other elements of getting the book together.

In the meantime, I’d love to get more feedback on building a launch team. I’m pleased to say that several people have already stepped up and joined the team. Some are fellow novelists, others are readers. I’ve even got an offer for some refreshments for the local launch event here in Tampa.

This will be my biggest launch yet. That means I need to do every type of outreach possible. I’m looking for feedback, because I want to provide an experience beyond the book itself.

So, if you live in the Tampa Bay area, I could do a free talk at your book club. I could do one at your meetup group. Do you have friends who’d like to be part of a launch party? Here are five possible ways to contribute. 

  • Help find a venue for the event
  • Host the event at your venue
  • Be an event sponsor
  • Provide refreshments or entertainment
  • Donate prizes or supplies

For those outside the Tampa Bay area, I’d love your ideas just as much. What can I do to incentivize your generously helping me get the word out about Whizzers? What sort of unique content would appeal to you? Maybe you host a podcast, and would like me to make a guest appearance. Maybe you’ve got a novel to promote too. I’m open to suggestions.

Of course, I can offer a free personalized signed copy, a copy of the e-book, etc. – but what else?

Speaking of podcasts, I’ll be a guest on the The Jamie Irvine Podcast this Wednesday, August 8th, talking about the power of storytelling! To subscribe, rate, or review the podcast, visit Jamie here.

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