After all the hard work you've put into completing your book, a book launch party might be what you need to make a splash. Think big, find sponsors, get the word out, and give yourself plenty of time to plan and prepare.

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It’s more important than ever to know your market and know how to reach your audience. Start now, even as you write your book.

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What are the basics of book publicity? What do you do on a day-to-day basis? Generally, I tell my clients I prefer to start working on a book five months before publication. There are many media outlets that not only require working that far ahead – mainly magazines and venues that have authors as speakers – but sometimes it just takes a long time to work with some media outlets and convince them that this is a book and an author that they should pay attention to.

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There's a lot you can do to build your author brand and promote your book – but once you've established your brand, a PR firm might be the key to maximizing your book publicity potential.

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It’s THE question. The one I’m always asked, whether I’m speaking at author conferences or doing webinars. Though phrased a little differently each time, it goes something like this: What are the most important things that go into successful book promotion? My response is always the same – a five-part answer. The first four parts are, quite frankly, pretty predictable. The last one might come as a bit of a surprise.

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Toby Neal and Holly Robinson are professional writers, i.e. authors who earn their primary income from writing. Toby is predominantly self-published and Holly mostly traditional, and both have multiple novels and various writing credits to their names. They’re also friends. Earlier this year, both Toby and Holly launched new novels, and in this interview, we find that their strategies and experiences had many similarities – and notable differences.

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