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106 Days to Book Launch – March 19, 2016
After yesterday’s serious look at what I am up against in marketing my first children’s book I am surprisingly excited. Now I have a serious base line. If $500 in sales for a year is a “reasonable” expectation for a middle school book, I need to up it a notch to “fantastic and amazing.” Five hundred dollars a year in book sales does not excite me. Call me mercenary, whatever it just doesn’t cut it.
Nor do I think I will give in (yet anyway) to writing for another genre. I like – seriously – writing for kids between the ages of 8 to 10. It was the most magical period of my life and escaping back there is just plain fun.
I have 106 days until my book launches on March 19, 2016. That is not a lot of days to make a serious splash but it certainly is enough time to be at a better place than I am today. One thing I am going to do is start going through A. D. Winch’s list of “Top 100 websites for book promotion and author promotion and find the ones that would work for promoting a middle grade book. Probably be lucky if I come up with ten but that is okay. As I find the ones that work I will share them on this website.
I am thinking of doing a Virtual book tour during the book launch. I found this page that lists 7 Top eBook Blog Tour Sites and I am thinking if I can come up with the money I will go with #7 Goddess Fish Promotions as they seem to be the only one that has an option for middle school books. On the other hand it might be more advantageous to find my own blogs as I am not sure that the blog hosts are geared toward middle school readers.
I did find a couple of sites that list mommy blogs that accept guest posts and that might be a good way to go. I started a new page on this site that I am calling Resources for middle school authors and I am putting all the links to pages that I find helpful there.