My book was published yesterday

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by maximilian ping, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. It's been a long haul (about three years) but yesterday my book was published. It was great to hold the book in my hands 4 weeks ago, and I'm happy with it, but a day that I thought would be a big one was bit of a damp squib. Surprise surprise the (mainstream) publishers have done bugger all marketing and have a policy of not funding any kind of book launch. Anyone else had this kind of experience and have any tips for DIY publicity?
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  2. Vintage Paw

    Vintage Paw dead stare and computer glare

    No advice except for congratulations, a great achievement :)
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  3. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Fiction or non-fiction?
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  4. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    Congrats !

    One tip - most a link here !;)
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  5. Greebo

    Greebo 'scuse me, Mrs May, can I have my country back? R.I.P.

    Well done, maximillian ping. Bear in mind that word of mouth about a book or a few genuinely meant recommendations here & there will pay off in the long run.
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  7. OneStrike

    OneStrike Well-Known Member

    Congrats, it's a big achievement. The only person I know to have been published got his local media to cover the story of 'a boy done good from a shitty school', not sure if that applies in any way to you but it got his book in the charts briefly. That someone from my school could write 300 pages of legible fiction caused quite a commotion!

    Good luck.
  8. zoooo

    zoooo zero tolerance for walkers

    Yes, I should have thought local papers would be interested. And definitely post a link here!
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  9. Its non-fiction, about the drug trade
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  10. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    Congratulations! I hope your research was up to scratch.
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  11. That's what I'm hoping for...
  12. Bassism

    Bassism Follow the yellow brick road

    post a link in the drugs forum at least
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  13. is it dodgy to post a link here?
  14. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    Nah, it's not like you joined yesterday.
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  15. It's a good idea. i've hassled my local Waterstones and they are doing some sort of mini promotion, and i do need to give the local paper a call
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  16. ...i interviewed a few Urbs, who will remain nameless ;)
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  18. Bassism

    Bassism Follow the yellow brick road

    looking forward to reading it. Congratulations !!!
  19. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    No, it's fine. Is it academic or true crime about the drugs trade? Popular science?
  20. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    :facepalm: Didn't see your earlier post
  21. But whether anyone gets to hear about it fuck knows. the national media have been very slow in coming forward to review/write about it - think because it can't be pidgeon-holed in the tiresome legalisation-zero tolerance debate
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  22. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Will it be on amazon or is that the wrong question?
  23. yes its on amazon
  24. Kidda

    Kidda Z is for stripey oss

    I have quite a few mates who work in substance misuse/treatment so i'll send them the link, i'm sure this is right up their street :)

    Congratulations by the way, the book looks great.
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  25. Many thanks
  26. Stanley Edwards

    Stanley Edwards 1967 Maserati Mistral.

    Congratulations. Looks like an interesting seller - I'll be buying a copy.
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  27. spliff

    spliff New Member

    Congratulations, pity about the lack of support from the publishers.
    Not crazy about the title but it does grab attention and I think the cover artwork is great!
    From the synopsis it looks to be an interesting read.
  28. artyfarty

    artyfarty A shed on a ditch.

    Mrs Artyfarty has had three books published and I've watched the process over the last few years.
    The publishers do bugger all to publicise it really. We had to do all the work, contacts to generate editorial content, launch parties, mail campaigns, all stuff you think they should do, we had to do. They wouldn't even pay for the wine at the launches and these are books that over the next 5 years will sell 50,000 hardback copies each. She got an advance and then a pitiful percentage so it's not really in her interests if they sell 50 or 50 thousand.
    Just one review in the national/trade press will work wonders. Also set up a blog/mini site if you haven't already, make sure you get the keywords right. And get people who've read it to post Amazon reviews.
    Congratulations BTW, most people never get beyond the dreaming stage, it must have been hard work.
  29. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    Congratulations! It looks interesting.

    Sorry you're not getting much help publicity-wise from Random House (I actually work for a small book publisher just round the corner from them) but they are such a huge publisher with lots of imprints I suppose they just can't give full attention to all their authors, possibly in your case as your book is for a more specialised market.

    Think you will just have to try and drum up some publicity yourself - good luck!
  30. pinkmonkey

    pinkmonkey 2.4 hour party person

    Well done - I will buy it!
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