If we are still on schedule, we are now four months out from my book release. I think the final round of edits before copy-edits has been turned in. But of course, I don't know. I may have blown something that my editor doesn't like, and we'll have to do another round. But we're getting there. We're definitely getting there.
I've talked about marketing so many times on this blog, but it's hugely important. Especially if you go with a small press, like I have. Who's going to find my book? Where are they going to buy it? These are things that it comes down to me, the author, to lay the foundation for before my book comes out. If anyone hears about my book, it's going to be because of my own (initial) contact with that person. I expect the first 2-300 copies I sell will be direct sells, where I have personally spoken with someone, told them about my book, and either hand sold it to them or directed them to my website to buy it.
So marketing starts now. This little thing I call (and you call) a blog is because I'm hoping each person on here will buy a copy of my book. Then I'm hoping you'll blog about it and everyone who reads your blog will buy a copy. (The book is THAT GOOD, trust me!)
I've also got my website up so when people start to Google me (they aren't yet, but they will), they'll find information about me and my book. Since the book will be difficult to find in bookstores, I will be able to sell it directly online to anyone who wants a copy. I'll even autograph it.
I'm hoping this book takes off like wildfire. Like Catching Fire. I'll let you know how beneficial my marketing efforts turn out to be.