Wednesday, December 16, 2015

20 To-Do Checklist For First-Time Authors

Here’s what you should do when releasing your first book:

1.      Hire a publicist. Yes, open up your wallet or purse now, and it will pay off down the road.

2.      Spend time with social media, especial Twitter and Facebook.

3.      Join GoodReads and NetGalley.

4.      If you are self-published, consider paying for a review with Kirkus Reviews, The Foreword or PW Select.

5.      Get on LibraryThing.

6.      Create a Wikipedia page.

7.      Sign onto Selfari, Publishers Weekly, and NYT Book Review

8.      Become a RedRoom author.

9.      Blog weekly or more frequently.

10.  Contact reviewers at 

11.  Become an Amazon Affiliate 

12.  Create an Author Central Page 

13.  Join and join 

14. Solicit testimonials and blurbs four to six months prior to releasing your book.

15.  Develop a show on BlogTalkRadio and/or solicit other podcast hosts to interview you.

16.  See for a good podcast directory.

17.  Schedule book signings at bookstores and libraries months in advance.

18.  Send advance review copies to major print media four months before your publication date.

19.  Get media coaching so you are prepared for the media.

20.  Pop a Tylenol -- there will be headaches along the way but by preparing ahead of time and investing your time and money wisely you may not need aspirin every day!


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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2015

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