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Two years to publication--what should I be doing now?

Started by awful waffles, March 24, 2024, 02:41 PM

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awful waffles

Hello, writers! I have a rhyming dinosaur book coming out two years from now. Is there anything I should be doing now to prepare? I don't have the cover art yet, so it seems too early to start a website.


It is a while off so, for now, keep working on other manuscripts and submitting. You could write a plan of what you'd like to include in a website. Time flies by! (And congratulations!)
Cheer Up, Blobfish! (Affirm Press, 2024) -

Debbie Vilardi

Congratz on the book! There is no reason not to make the website now while you have time. You can make a bare bones version and fill it out as you get mor data.

Also, this is a good time to start thinking about places to market. Is the book on a topic that might interest a local group? Where have you lived? Colleges may publish a notice about their graduate. That sort of thing.

You can do the same for preparing school visits or a launch event. The more you do now, the less overwhelming it will seem as publication approaches. And ask the publisher, and your agent if you have one, for ideas too.

Meanwhile, keep creating and enjoy this part of the journey.
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If you haven't done this already, set up the social media accounts that you think might be useful and start building a network.

BUT above all else, write the next one, and the one after that. There's an unfortunately wide-spread belief that you have to spend all your time promoting your book. That your publisher expects you to, etc. This is incorrect. The reality is that unless you have some kind of amazing "platform" already--and you will know if that is the case--what you do to promote your book will have only a modest impact compared to what your publisher does.

And so they want you working on the next one.

Good luck!
Harold Underdown

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awful waffles

Thanks, everyone! I'm continuing to write, submit, and enter contests. And I'll look into creating a website.

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