Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Book Launch Q&A: Yeral E. Ogando Author The Hero Within: Awareness #booklaunch @pumpupyourbook

Yeral E. Ogando was born on May 18th, 1977 in Las Matas de Farfán, Dominican Republic. Yeral is polyglot or a multilingual person.

He has been able to learn Spanish, English, French, Italian, Haitian Creole, German, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Modern & Biblical Greek and Biblical Hebrew.

Yeral E. Ogando has earned several degrees:

Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Master of Arts in Languages and Linguistics

Doctor of Philosophy in Theology

He has been a Bible professor for many years and teacher for several languages locally and internationally, such as Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole.

He has also been able to write the following books:

* The Hero Within – Power (Volume Two)
* The Hero Within – Nede Land (Volume Three)
* Teach Yourself Italian by Yeral E. Ogando.
* Teach Yourself Haitian Creole Conversation by Yeral E. Ogando.
* Teach Yourself Haitian Creole by Yeral E. Ogando.
* And many other books for language learning (English, Spanish, Creole and Italian)
* Coming Soon From The Hero Within Series (Volume Four – Volume Five – Volume Six)

His hobbies are reading and listening to music. He is passionate for teaching, learning and starting new ministries and businesses.

He is the founder and owner of the successful internet business www.christian-translation.com, thus reaching the world in more than 200 languages since 2004.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website:
www.yeralogando.com
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/TheHeroWithinC1
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/yeral.ogando.9








Have you ever wondered about the power we possess as Christians?

Do you love reading about superheroes and their powers?

From The Hero Within Series – Awareness

A Story that will excite your imagination, and inspire you to ask yourself “Who am I”…

It will remind you that the Gifts of the spirit manifest in spiritual warfare and through the battles we face each day.

Let it unveil the reality behind our daily lives and show you how God’s calling can bring wonder to you and those around you.

Walk beside our hero through the challenges he will face each day that will test his resolve and strengthen your spirit.

Discover the Gifts of Revelation, Power and Inspiration in and through the Spirit in our Hero.
Learn how these gifts are used by our Hero with the help of God.

Grow in strength and knowledge alongside our hero and embrace the growing process of the Holy Spirit.

Book Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbnu04b3nMQ&t=1s

ORDER YOUR COPY

 

Amazon → https://amzn.to/2ZaulBW

Barnes & Noble → https://bit.ly/3e846jO

Books2Read https://books2read.com/u/4AjGAb
Kobo → https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/awareness-9

 
After your book was released, what was the first thing you did when getting ready for your book launch?

I started creating my book trailer and reading my first copy.

After that, what was your next step?

I started sharing it with my families and friends and posting it at my websites. And getting reviews for my book.

Did you do anything different to spice up your website in lieu of your upcoming book release? 

Not really.

Did you ever consider using a PR agency to help you promote your book or did you prefer the DIY route? 

I considered a PR agency, but I could not find the proper one for my book.

Were finding reviews a top priority for you and, if yes, how did you approach that?

Yes, it was. I started searching review companies or websites only to read and re review my book.

What are your views on social media for marketing your book? 

It is a good platform since this new generation is more about social media than into reading a print book.

What social media has worked best for you? 

Facebook.


Did you revamp your author’s page at Amazon in any way to prepare for the launch (https://authorcentral.amazon.com/)? 

Yes, I created my author page for a better performance of my book.


Did you create a book trailer?


What was the best money you ever spent on your book launch?

 Getting my book reviewed.

Any tips for those authors wanting to set up a successful book launch?

Get a PR agency for your book launch if you and if you cannot invest time and funds in creating a good platform. Book giveaways and book reviews are very important factors.

Monday, August 10, 2020

THE PRUSSIAN MEMORANDUM BY MICHAEL MCMENAMIN & KATHLEEN MCMENAMIN

Title: THE PRUSSIAN MEMORANDUM
Author: Michael McMenamin & Kathleen McMenamin
Publisher: First Edition Design Publishing
Pages: 474
Genre: 1930s Historical Adventure

Winston Churchill’s adventure-seeking goddaughter, the intrepid Hearst journalist Mattie McGary, sets out in 1934 to expose a major political scandal—a conspiracy between the US Army’s Military Intelligence Division (MID) and Hitler’s Praetorian, the SS, to help the Nazis persecute German Jews.

Churchill alerts Mattie to what he learns from a confidential German source: that the Nazis are working on a new law to strip Jews of their citizenship and forbid them to marry or have sex with Aryans. The year before, Heinrich Himmler’s SS secretly engaged the MID to research racist laws in thirty American states that prohibit sex and marriage between whites and other races. Known as “The Prussian Memorandum”—an actual historic document—radical SS anti-Semites plan to use these racist American laws as a model for their treatment of the Jews

Aided by a courageous German lawyer, Hanna Raeder, Mattie’s efforts to document the conspiracy take her from Churchill’s country home in England to the corridors of power in Berlin and, along with Churchill, to the canals of Amsterdam where his German source is to provide them with conclusive proof of the conspiracy. Pursued by both agents of Himmler’s Gestapo and American MID agents determined to stop them at all costs, Mattie and Hanna race to expose the shameful secret of The Prussian Memorandum.

In a chilling climax, Mattie and Hanna are arrested and taken to a Gestapo-run concentration camp where they are charged with crimes against the state—Hanna for treason, Mattie for espionage— and scheduled for show trials the next day before The People’s Court. If convicted, the penalty is death by beheading.

Literary Awards and Praise for Mattie McGary’s Adventures with Winston Churchill
Three-Time Grand Prize Winner Fiction, Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Three-Time Thriller/Suspense Book of the Year, ForeWord Reviews
Two-Time Historical Fiction Book of the Year, ForeWord Reviews

Appointment in Prague
“A thrilling historical novel with a no-nonsense heroine is what you’ll find… Wow! This is an action-packed, intense story that brings the reader right into the world of WW II espionage. Well-developed characters, a tough heroine, and great attention to detail.” [The Book Connection review]

“Mattie McGary was easily my favorite character and I loved how the authors made her into a strong female character with a very real personality. So many times strong female characters end up feeling almost unrealistic and that was not the case with Mattie.” [Books for Books review]

The Berghof Betrayal
“Mattie McGary is what every woman wants to be: strong-willed, the ability to take care of herself, and who doesn’t take crap from anyone.” [Goodreads review]

“I’ve read and enjoyed all of the books in this series and I vote this one as the most exciting yet, full of twists and turns and I really cared about what happened to the characters. It was a most believable page-turner right to the very end. I can’t wait for their next book. “[Amazon review]

The Silver Mosaic
“This is a well-written historical novel that stays true to the time period and keeps its historic facts accurate. I really liked how the authors immersed me in the time period right from the first page.” [Amazon review].

“Historical fiction that excels. I immediately became involved with both the characters and plot, which took on a life of their own. I have read much shorter books that seemed far longer than The Silver Mosaic.” [Goodreads review].

The Gemini Agenda
“A thick and rich tale that is impossible to put down, So many twists and turns and the ending is gripping…This book holds its own with the best historical fiction.” [Goodreads review]

ORDER YOUR COPY OF THE PRUSSIAN MEMORANDUM

Amazon → https://amzn.to/2BhPctO

 Barnes & Noble → https://bit.ly/3ibS5wY

 

Michael McMenamin is the co-author with his son Patrick of the first five of the six award winning 1930s era historical novels featuring Winston Churchill and his fictional Scottish goddaughter, the adventure-seeking Hearst photojournalist Mattie McGary. He is the co-author with his daughter Kathleen McMenamin of the sixth Mattie + Winston novel The Liebold Protocol and the novella Appointment in Prague. The first six novels in the series—The DeValera Deception, The Parsifal Pursuit, The Gemini Agenda, The Berghof Betrayal, The Silver Mosaic and The Liebold Protocol—received a total of 15 literary awards. He is currently at work with his daughter on the ninth Mattie + Winston historical adventure, The Phoenix Progression.

Michael is also the author of the critically acclaimed Becoming Winston Churchill, The Untold Story of Young Winston and His American Mentor [Hardcover, Greenwood 2007; Paperback, Enigma 2009] and the co-author of Milking the Public, Political Scandals of the Dairy Lobby from LBJ to Jimmy Carter [Nelson Hall, 1980]. He is a contributing editor for Finest Hour, the quarterly journal of the International Churchill Society and for the libertarian magazine Reason. His work also has appeared in The Churchills in Ireland, 1660-1965, [Irish Academic Press, 2012] as well as two Reason anthologies, Free Minds & Free Markets, Twenty Five Years of Reason [Pacific Research Institute, 1993] and Choice, the Best of Reason [BenBella Books, 2004]. A full-time writer, he was formerly a First Amendment and Media Defense lawyer and a U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent. 

Kathleen McMenamin, the other half of the father-daughter writing team, has been editing her father’s writing for longer than she cares to remember. She is the co-author with her father of the 2018 Mattie + Winston novella, Appointment in Prague, A Mattie McGary + Winston Churchill World War II Adventure and the sixth Mattie + Winston novel, The Liebold Protocol. She also is the co-author with her sister Kelly of the critically acclaimed Organize Your Way: Simple Strategies for Every Personality [Sterling, 2017]. The two sisters are professional organizers, personality-type experts and the founders of PixiesDidIt! a home and life organization business, www.pixiesdidit.com.

Kathleen is an honors graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and received an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University while she was with The Wendy Weill Agency. Prior to starting her own business, she was Senior Advertising and Promotion Coordinator for Bedford/St. Martin’s. The novella Appointment in Prague was her second joint writing project with her father; The Liebold Protocol was her third; and The Prussian Memoradum is her fourth. Their first father-daughter writing project was “Bringing Home the First Amendment”, a review of Nat Hentoff’s The Day They Came to Arrest the Book in the August 1984 Reason magazine. While a teen-ager, she and her father would often take runs together, creating plots for adventure stories as they ran.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: www.winstonchurchillthrillers.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WinstonChurchillThrillers

 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

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Yeral E. Ogando was born on May 18th, 1977 in Las Matas de Farfán, Dominican Republic. Yeral is polyglot or a multilingual person.

He has been able to learn Spanish, English, French, Italian, Haitian Creole, German, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Modern & Biblical Greek and Biblical Hebrew.

Yeral E. Ogando has earned several degrees:
Master of Arts in Theological Studies
Master of Arts in Languages and Linguistics
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology

He has been a Bible professor for many years and teacher for several languages locally and internationally, such as Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole.

He has also been able to write the following books:

* The Hero Within – Power (Volume Two)
* The Hero Within – Nede Land (Volume Three)
* Teach Yourself Italian by Yeral E. Ogando.
* Teach Yourself Haitian Creole Conversation by Yeral E. Ogando.
* Teach Yourself Haitian Creole by Yeral E. Ogando.
* And many other books for language learning (English, Spanish, Creole and Italian)
* Coming Soon From The Hero Within Series (Volume Four – Volume Five – Volume Six)

His hobbies are reading and listening to music. He is passionate for teaching, learning and starting new ministries and businesses.

He is the founder and owner of the successful internet business www.christian-translation.com, thus reaching the world in more than 200 languages since 2004.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website:
Twitter:
Facebook:

Monday, July 20, 2020

Book Launch Q&A: Dr. Allen Lycka & Harriet Tinka Authors The Secrets to Living A Fantastic Life #booklaunch @drallenlycka @pumpupyourbook

Dr. Allen Lycka has been acknowledged as one of the leading cosmetic dermatologists in the world for three decades. A pioneer in cosmetic surgery, he helped to develop laser assisted tumescent liposuction – an advanced body sculpture technique, and Moh’s Micrographic Surgery, an advanced means of removing skin cancer with 99% success. He has lived and practiced in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada since 1989. He’s written 17 books, 30+ academic papers and hosted the number one internet radio show in the world – Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today. He is a co- founder of Doctors for the Practice of Safe and Ethical Aesthetic Medicine and founder of The Canadian Skin Cancer Association. He has won the prestigious Consumers Choice Award For Cosmetic Surgery for 16 consecutive years.

In 2003, Dr. Lycka’s life changed drastically when he suddenly developed a right foot drop and then misdiagnosed as ALS (Lou Gherigs’ disease). Still, he maintained his status as a leading cosmetic doctor for 30 years.

Because of what he learned, he is co-authoring the book The Secrets of Living A Fantastic Life with Harriet Tinka, a former fashion model and Woman of Distinction. He is also currently co-authoring two more books: one with Corie Poirier entitled, “bLU Talks Presents: Business, Life and the Universe” and one with Jack Canfield entitled, “The Pillars of Success.”

Currently acknowledged as a leading expert in Living A Fantastic Life and Turning Points, he is a transformational speaker, thought leader, coach, and mentor.

Dr. Lycka is happily married to Dr. Lucie Bernier-Lycka for 38 years and they have four lovely daughters and seven beautiful grandchildren. He counts his family as his most important accomplishment.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website Link: www.drallenlycka.com
Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/DrAllenLycka
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/DrAllenLycka/


As a Turning Point expert, Harriet Tinka is a perfect example of someone finding a need in the community and filling it. Despite dealing with obstacles in her life, she has overcome those hurdles and has found success by inspiring thousands of audiences reach their full potential.

Though stabbed, kidnapped and left for dead, she turned that horrifying experience into motivation. She has inspired and given hope to women who are faced with domestic violence. She is known by her students as a “Powerhouse Role Model” who makes being genuine the most powerful thing of all.
Harriet is an invigorating transformational speaker, passionate life coach, blogger, Chartered Professional Accountant, Football Official, and an ultra-marathon runner. She is the founder and CEO of the award-winning Social Enterprise, Empowered Me Inc, a company whose mission is to inspire and empower girls and women.

Harriet has received numerous awards including YWCA Woman of Distinction, Global Woman of Vision, Afro- Canadian Community Woman of the Year, Action for Healthy Communities Youth Empowerment Award, Rotary Integrity Award and Daughter’s Day Award just to mention a few. She is a tireless philanthropist, and a Toastmaster Divisional Champion.

Harriet feels blessed to have her journey supported by her partner Steve and her three lovable children Tristan, Rhiannah and Aaliyah.

For more information, visit www.empoweredme.ca






Each author suffered near-death experiences and sought renewal through the wisdom of human virtues that refocused them on a life of richness, appreciation, joy and service.

Offered in the format of an enchanting and charming dialogue between the two authors, the book also includes their chronicles of pain and triumph, allegories and stories, along with inspirational and insightful quotes. The exploration of each of the 13 Golden Pearls creates a necklace of self-empowerment that will enhance anyone’s life.

The Golden Pearls shared offer a roadmap for living a life that is rich in love, achievement, appreciation, joy and service. They offer strength, comfort and encouragement.

The authors are on a mission to transform lives. Dr. Allen Lycka is now a full-time speaker, author and transformational leader and Harriet Tinka coaches young women to fully embrace who they are through her Empower Me programs.

ORDER YOUR COPY

Amazon U.S. → https://amzn.to/3f6nmis

 Amazon Canada → https://amzn.to/2AUmbnz


 
After your book was released, what was the first thing you did when getting ready for your book launch?

Got a crew together to help. However, things kept changing due to Covid so we had to do a virtual launch.

After that, what was your next step?

Work, work, work. There were so many details, it was impossible to keep up

Did you do anything different to spice up your website in lieu of your upcoming book release?

No – we worked virtually to get people there

Did you ever consider using a PR agency to help you promote your book or did you prefer the DIY route?

PR agency

Were finding reviews a top priority for you and, if yes, how did you approach that?

No – we are concentrating on that now

What are your views on social media for marketing your book?

It’s essential

What social media has worked best for you?

Facebook, linkedin, twitter

Did you write a press release and do you think it worked for you?

We did but no takers

Did you revamp your author’s page at Amazon in any way to prepare for the launch (https://authorcentral.amazon.com/)?

N0

Did you have other books you offered for free in order to help sell your present book?

no

Did you set up booksignings and, if so, how did that work for you?

No due to covid

Did you create a book trailer? 

YES WE HAVE 7 of them

Link to book trailer (if any):       TRAILER 1
                                                TRAILER 2
                                                TRAILER 3
                                                TRAILER 4
                                                TRAILER 5
                                                TRAILER 6
                                                TRAILER 7


Did you time your book launch around a certain holiday?

no


What was the best money you ever spent on your book launch?

Combining with a charity

Any tips for those authors wanting to set up a successful book launch?

The most important thing is to realize a book launch is about putting your best foot. Forward. Be flexible. Change when things change. We had to do a virtual launch because a physical launch was not possible.

Think outside the box.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Book Launch Q&A: Daryl-Jarod Author Pain In My Heart #booklaunch @daryljarod @pumpupyourbook

Daryl-Jarod is an Amazon best-selling author, recording artist, and actor. Born and raised in Hopkins, South Carolina, he always had big dreams of pursuing a career in entertainment.

As a child he’d write short stories and songs, which later aided him in transitioning into the talented storyteller he is today. His writing career all began with a short poem he composed in third grade entitled, “My Teacher is Neat”, which was selected to be featured in a publication of poems from talented students throughout the state. The encouragement of his mother, teachers, and peers, pushed him to continue writing.

Years later, he is now the author of Silk, an acclaimed erotic series that debuted atop of Amazon’s Best-Seller Erotica charts. With many more book releases in the works, he has also displayed his skills as a singer-songwriter and rapper on his debut mixtape, “The Liberation of Daryl-Jarod”. Despite consistently maintaining a busy schedule, he always kept his acting goals in sight as he graduated from Coker College with a BA in Theatre Performance.

Daryl-Jarod is hard at work promoting his latest and most personal offering, Pain in My Heart.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: www.daryljarod.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/daryljarod
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daryljarodrandolph




Pain in My Heart is a candid and honest journey through the eyes of a hopeless romantic. Each poem
serves as part of a puzzle that not only pieces together heartache and love, but also the vulnerable parts we fearfully conceal from the world.

Poems that cover topics of self-love, depression, anxiety, and life as a gay black male in today’s society, all await you as Daryl-Jarod unlocks his heart to yours, one page at a time.

ORDER YOUR COPY

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Pain-My-Heart-Daryl-Jarod/dp/1945748133/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
B&N:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pain-in-my-heart-daryl-jarod/1133198672?ean=9781945748134
iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/pain-in-my-heart/id1477992371
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=dVO6DwAAQBAJ&rdid=book-dVO6DwAAQBAJ&rdot=1&source=gbs_atb&pcampaignid=books_booksearch_atb
Kobo:
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/pain-in-my-heart-1

After your book was released, what was the first thing you did when getting ready for your book launch?

The first thing I did was launch the Pain in My Heart Podcast. I found it to be an effective approach to reach my readers and also give them a backstory on some of the most thought-provoking poems.

After that, what was your next step?

My next step was to promote, promote, promote! Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter were my go-to platforms to get the word out.

Did you do anything different to spice up your website in lieu of your upcoming book release?

I did. I revamped the site to bring awareness to the book and podcast.

Did you ever consider using a PR agency to help you promote your book or did you prefer the DIY route?

I’ve mostly used the DIY route. It’s quite satisfying to later be able to look back on all your hard work. But I am open to the idea of a PR agency. I’m sure that could serve as a useful aid in reaching new audiences.

Were finding reviews a top priority for you and, if yes, how did you approach that?

Reviews can be super important, especially when a new reader stumbles upon your work. This time around, I figured gaining a review from a professional source could be a beneficial asset for promotion. So, I reached out to Kirkus Reviews for their services.

What are your views on social media for marketing your book?

Social media can be one of your best marketing tools, especially for a self-published author. It’s free networking and promoting to thousands of potential readers, besides the option of paid ads.

Did you write a press release and do you think it worked for you?

I’ve had them written in the past. I do think they help in spreading the word about your release.

Did you revamp your author’s page at Amazon in any way to prepare for the launch (https://authorcentral.amazon.com/)?

I did that as well. I updated my author photo and also added the book to be displayed with other titles on my author page.

Did you have other books you offered for free in order to help sell your present book?

I offered a discount for a few of my titles on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Just as a way to also encourage readers to explore my other work.

Did you time your book launch around a certain holiday?

Pain in My Heart was released a few weeks before Thanksgiving last year, without the holiday in mind. It was my intention to have it released much earlier in the year.

What was the best money you ever spent on your book launch?

Blog tours! It’s such a fun way to connect with readers, all from the comfort of your own home.

Any tips for those authors wanting to set up a successful book launch?

The best advice I can give is to plan ahead before your launch. Do all your research before the release date. That way you’re ready to hit the ground running as soon as the book drops!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Book Launch Q&A: Susan Wingate, Author HOW THE DEER MOON HUNGERS #booklaunch @susanwingate @pumpupyourbook

Susan Wingate is a #1 Amazon bestselling award-winning author of over fifteen novels. Susan writes across fiction and nonfiction genres and often sets her stories in the Pacific Northwest where she is the president of a local authors association. She writes full-time and lives in Washington State with her husband, Bob.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: www.susanwingate.com
Blog:    www.susanwingate.com/blog
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/susanwingate
Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorsusanwingate




For those who enjoy reading books like Where the Crawdads Sing and My Sister’s Keeper
MACKENZIE FRASER witnesses a drunk driver mow down her seven-year-old sister and her mother blames her. Then she ends up in juvie on a trumped-up drug charge. Now she’s in the fight of her life…on the inside! And she’s losing.

HOW THE DEER MOON HUNGERS is a coming of age story about loss, grief, and the power of love.

HOW THE DEER MOON HUNGERS Won “Best Fiction” in the 2020 Pacific Book Awards.

ORDER YOUR COPY

Amazon → https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08676VMT3


After your book was released, what was the first thing you did when getting ready for your book launch?

I hired two publicists. Dorothy Thompson with PumpUpYourBook.com for an online blog tour, and David Johnson with Strategic Vision PR for national coverage.

After that, what was your next step?

After that, I had more direction from the publicists so I got a Gleam.com account for a book giveaway and set up a Book Launch Party on Zoom. After that, I set up a Facebook Book Launch Party to announce the Zoom meeting and giveaways.

Did you do anything different to spice up your website in lieu of your upcoming book release?

Yes, I did! I created a landing page that highlights my latest upcoming book with an option to get a pre-order copy or to enter the site.

Were finding reviews a top priority for you and, if yes, how did you approach that?

Reviews, in my opinion, lead in priority for readers of novels. If books get great reviews, if they win awards by far those novels get read more often than books that do not get good reviews or awards. So, for me, getting reviews is of the utmost importance for a book’s success.

What are your views on social media for marketing your book?

It’s the way we do book marketing now. Especially, during these COVID times. But I’ve always seen social media as a way to market my work.

What social media has worked best for you?

Facebook and Pinterest are leaders in book marketing for me.

Did you write a press release and do you think it worked for you?

I wrote one press release for HOW THE DEER MOON HUNGERS after it got a 5-Star Review from Foreword Reviews. My publicists has and will be putting out more press releases until (and after) the book launch.

Did you revamp your author’s page at Amazon in any way to prepare for the launch (https://authorcentral.amazon.com/)?

Not much. I only refreshed what was already there.

Did you create a book trailer?

I actually did! It’s a short, 30-second thematic. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/YGAvzimdEK4

Did you time your book launch around a certain holiday?

Not for this novel. Although, I have in the past. And, unless my birthday becomes a national holiday, HOW THE DEER MOON HUNGERS will be released a couple weeks before my birthday.


What was the best money you ever spent on your book launch?

I think anytime you hire a publicist is money well spent. They’re so much better at these things because that’s what they do all day long. Plus, they help with your book launch, attend the party and, with David Johnson, will manage the goings-on of that party. Thank goodness too because I’m going to be a nervous wreck!

Any tips for those authors wanting to set up a successful book launch?

Here are a few steps I took for the book launch of HOW THE DEER MOON HUNGERS:
1.      I went online and downloaded tons of information about how to create a successful book launch,
2.      I paid for ads around the date of the launch,
3.      I entered several book awards,
4.      I hired two publicists―one for an online blog tour and one for a national tour
5.      I got reviewers to read my novel (start early here),
6.      I ordered swag (bookmarks, mugs, goodies with DEER MOON imagery) for the party but also for book club gifts,
7.      I did a ton of work that I can’t list right here but promise to for a blog post.

Thank you so much for having me and for allowing me to tell you all about the book launch of HOW THE DEER MOON HUNGERS. Sincerely, Susan Wingate.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Book Launch Q&A: Darryl A. Woods, Author THE SUMMONED ONES #booklaunch @darrylawoods @pumpupyourbook

Darryl Woods is a storyteller who hones his craft entertaining coworkers. He also enjoys regaling family and friends with stories of his upbringing in rural Ohio, of the motorized contraptions his father fabricated, and of the timber cutting and sawmill work he did with his father-in-law. With an appetite for reading fantasy, it was inevitable he would choose to write about an epic journey in a world dominated by magic and sword fighting.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website Address: http://darrylawoods.com/
Newsletter: http://darrylawoods.com/newsletter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarrylAWoods
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Darryl-A-Woods-Storyteller-and-Author-104898847706876/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomdarrylawoods
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darrylawoods/




Can a group of college-aged friends from a small Kentucky town actually be the Summoned Ones of prophecy, called to a strange world filled with magic and devastated by war? Can they save the lives of the desperate inhabitants and help them defeat a wicked tyrant? Their epic journey will push them to the limits of their endurance. This unlikely group will discover truths about themselves and experience another world beyond their imagination.

During their journey, they will explore this new world, discover new talents and previously hidden abilities, develop friendships with people they couldn’t have dreamed possible, and will be forced to take actions they would have never considered in any less dire circumstances.

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After your book was released, what was the first thing you did when getting ready for your book launch?

After I had the book published, I spent 2 months with it on prerelease. Prior to that and during those 2 months, I did the following:

·        Set up my social media accounts
·        Created my website (http://darrylawoods.com)
·        Set up my newsletter using Convertkit to send out a short story every 15 days (http://darrylawoods.com/newsletter/)
·        Wrote several stories for my newsletter
·        Engaged with several ARC readers to read and review my book
·        Began identifying and contacting book bloggers and making personalized review requests

After that, what was your next step?

·        My primary focus was a continued outreach to book bloggers.
·        I have also worked to increase my following on Twitter while still maintaining a presence on other social media sites.
·        I continue to write short stories for my newsletter. So, far I have written stories for 14 newsletters and have a few others in various stages of completion.

Did you do anything different to spice up your website in lieu of your upcoming book release?

I spent a lot of time working with a professional website designer. I had already written most of the content for the website, short and long author bios, short and long book descriptions, 3-D book images, author photos. So, my work was mainly focused on layout and color choices. Also, because I contacted so many bloggers, I spent extra time developing a robust media page.

Did you ever consider using a PR agency to help you promote your book or did you prefer the DIY route?

I have yet to hire a PR agency. I was burned badly by a so-called publishing firm I was forced to fire and never received any form of refund. Encounters such as this have created a distrust of companies in the industry. I might be open to it, but it would have to be a recommendation from a person I trusted.

Were finding reviews a top priority for you and, if yes, how did you approach that?

Reviews from book bloggers to date is my primary form of outreach. Through Twitter, Instagram, and referrals, I have built a spreadsheet of bloggers who are open for review and who review adult fantasy. I have been primarily focused on those with a blogging website. These typically have more information in the form of request criteria, content about pages, interviews, and a list of reviews. I spend time getting to know the reviewer and read several reviews. If I feel it is a match, I send a customized and personalized review request.

What are your views on social media for marketing your book?

Social media is a necessary tool but drives very few direct sales. It simply is a tool to allow you to engage fans, book enthusiasts, and fellow authors. I view it as a means to further project results from outreach. If I have a book review recently published and I retweet that review to my 5,000+ Twitter followers, then a handful of my fellow authors and blogger followers retweet that yet again. It projects that review far farther than having no social media presence.  I will add, however, that it can be a black hole that sucks away precious time needed for other projects that would be far more effective for marketing.

What social media has worked best for you?

I found that Twitter has been the most receptive tool for me. The writing community there is strong, helpful, and willing to engage. Though I must say, I have yet to fully engage on other platforms.

Did you write a press release and do you think it worked for you?

I did not do a press release. Too much going on. I may look into that for book 2.

Did you revamp your author’s page at Amazon in any way to prepare for the launch (https://authorcentral.amazon.com/)?

Because it was my first book, I had yet to create the page, but for The Summoned Ones I spent time creating a professional author page.


Did you have other books you offered for free in order to help sell your present book?

I did not. The Summoned Ones is my first book. I am giving away short stories every 15 days via my newsletter. These are primarily stories of my rural upbringing, with a few speculative fiction stories mixed in. I use this mechanism for potential fans to see my writing style and imagination.

Did you set up book signings and, if so, how did that work for you?

Unfortunately, I released The Summoned Ones on February 29th. Because of the pandemic, physical book signings were not an option. I released in both paperback and eBook internationally, but I made no effort to get my book into brick and mortar stores. So, if I were to do a book signing it would be at local independent bookstores.

Did you create a book trailer? (Please provide a link to trailer if you have one.)

I did not but have been looking into creating one for The Summoned Ones, and will definitely produce one for book 2, Perilous Path.

Did you time your book launch around a certain holiday?

I did, I thought Leap Day was fitting. A rare day for a day a long time in the making.

What was the best money you ever spent on your book launch?

By far my best money was spent on Miblart. This company (@miblart) was inexpensive, professional, and good to work with. They took an oil painting I had commissioned from a local artist and crafted it into a nice cover. They also did a great job on interior layouts and social media banners. For what little I spent, it was well worth the professional results and relieved me of that burden.

*Any tips for those authors wanting to set up a successful book launch?

DO NOT RUSH IT. It is easy to fall into this trap. You’ve spent so long on the manuscript, you want to rush the launch. Take your time. A full 2 months after launch, I am still getting things set up that I should have had in place long before the launch. I learned my lesson and will have a much better launch of book 2. It would have been better for me to have pushed the launch of The Summoned Ones out 2 or 3 months.