Here is the last book launch interview - until I happen upon more!
Lee is always generous with her knowledge and experience and here she
offers us those gems. I give you the inimitable Lee Wardlaw.
Do you get nervous at all?
Absolutely! I always worry...will anyone actually show up? :)
Is it easier now?
Yes, it's much easier now. I've learned, over the years, that the event will be
what it will be. People will come, or they won't. People will buy a book, or they won't.
I have no control over any of that, so all I can do is relax and enjoy the celebration.
And that's what a book launch is to me: celebrating with friends and family the
publication of my book.
Do you learn from each one about what to do or not do or you just know
what works for you now?
I've published close to 30 books, and have had only four official book launches.
But there are a few things I've learned:
*Sunday afternoons work best! (People tend to be super busy on Saturdays;
evenings aren't great, as folks often don't want to go out again after they've come
home from work or play)
*People are more likely to attend if the launch is NOT held in a bookstore.
(It seems more like a party of it's off-site.)
*People are more likely to buy multiple copies of your books if you serve good wine. :)
Do you think different genres require different launches?
I think it's easier to come up with themes for your event if you have a nonfiction book
or a book that appeals to a wide variety of ages. Many people will not buy a picture
book if they don't have picture book-aged children. But a picture book that appeals
to adults as well as young readers will sell like crazy. For example, at my book launch
for Won Ton - A Cat Tale Told in Haiku, I sold over 100 copies of it because it appeals
to children, cat-lovers, poetry-lovers, animal shelter enthusiasts, etc., etc.
*Any favorite tips or must-do's?
You will often attract more people to your event if it also serves as a fundraiser.
Ask your bookseller to donate a portion of the book's proceeds to a
charity/organization that people care about and that fits with the theme of your book.
For example, with Won Ton, the bookseller who supplied copies agreed to
donate 20% of the proceeds to a local cat shelter.