If you are in Los Angeles next Sunday, June 26…

If you are in Los Angeles next Sunday and you want to come to the NERD GIRLS Book Launch Party, I am inviting you. Here’s your official pass… (I figure I’ve been blogging about it so much this past week that why not just open the floodgates – the more the merrier. There will be food, music, food, drinks, smiles, laughs and literacy. It’s an entirely kid-friendly, teacher friendly, writer-friendly party. Yep, we’re gonna do it nerd-style.)

There’s gonna be a party!!

If you are in Los Angeles next Sunday and you want to come to the NERD GIRLS Book Launch Party, I am inviting you. Here’s your official pass… (I figure I’ve been blogging about it so much this past week that why not just open the floodgates – the more the merrier. There will be food, music, food, drinks, smiles, laughs and literacy. It’s an entirely kid-friendly, teacher friendly, writer-friendly party. Yep, we’re gonna do it nerd-style.)

Publishing a New Book: What’s a Launch Plan in this Day and Age?

Yesterday I said that for 99.7% of the authors who will publish a book in 2011, the landscape of being an author about to launch a new title has changed.

Now, I don’t want to get into the weeds by addressing whether or not this is a good or bad thing. Why? Because really, my opinion matters not. The universe of book publishing has been flipped on its head in many ways – but not in all ways (yet you have to figure out which is which; and no one has that answer. Ask 10 different people in the world of publishing and you’ll get 11 different answers… and they will be different answers than those that were given as little as six months ago).

Instead of debating the merits of shift, evolution, de-evolution, and what-not, I am just going to try and be transparent about all the things that I feel almost forced to do as an author in order to give my newest book, NERD GIRLS, a real “shot” at being as successful as I hope it will be. So right now, hold your breath, here’s the target list of things I am doing to help launch my next title.

Nerd Girls Launch

Alan’s Plans

  • I built an App for the book called THE NERD GIRLS GAME: It will be a FREE app available to be downloaded by any an all (and yes, I hope you, too) on June 23 and 9:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.
  • FB: I have a Facebook Page for the book (and I am on FB, too)
  • There will be a HUGE Book Launch Party!!
    • June 26, 2011 at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd.
    • 300-500 guests expected
    • (Yep, if you are in L.A., you are invited; the more the merrier, right?)
  • A maximized Online Bookstore Presence: Amazon and BN (especially) offer tools these days (such as author videos, look inside the book, and so on) which require my professional writerly attention.
  • A great website for the book: www.TheNerdGirlsWorld.com (and the word great is also shape-shifting every day; these things are live, interactive entities, not stagnant, staid, one-dimensional, informational warehouses any longer.)
  • A Speaking Tour across the Country (I’ve got dates booked 10 months ahead already.)
  • An author’s Blog I’ve been blogging 4-5 days a week for more than 2 years now; what started out as a personal joy has evolved into somewhat of a personal joy combined with a professional obligation; keeping it up is essential
  • Outreach: I have put togetherauthor Q&A’s, done interviews with magazines and bloggers, I Skype into classrooms, speak at conferences

Are you tired of reading yet? Heck, I get tired just looking at all of this stuff and I AM THE ONE DOING IT!

Now, must I? It’s the million dollar question. I’ll get into that a bit more tomorrow.

Publishing a New Book: The Landscape has Changed

When I first started out as an author, I used to have to walk barefoot, uphill in the snow BOTH WAYS just to get to a bookstore. Nowadays, the book publishing world has morphed into something ______________ (fill in your own word: exciting, chaotic, dynamic, egalitarian, unrecognizable, opportunity-laced, and so on.)

I still haven’t really gotten my hands around it all in a way. And that kinda stinks for me because as I type this I have a new book coming out on July 5, 2011. This is the date that NERD GIRLS, the first in a planned five book series from me, will launch and the truth is, I really don’t know what the heck I am doing.

But it certainly feels like I am doing a heck of a lot. But, to paraphrase Hemmingway, one shouldn’t confuse activity for actual productivity, and therein lies my rub right now.

To be an author in this day and age means you MUST do more than simply write a good book that people are going to want to read. Those days, at least to me, feel as if they are gone. Of course, this first element is still 100% vital but whereas it used to be an end point, it is now really just a beginning.

First an author has to write a good book that people want to read and then an author has to get out the word about the fact that they have written what they believe is a good book that people will want to read. And by no means is this the same job.

Or does it tap into the same skill set.

Or is there any real playbook an author can follow to ensure a “successful book launch” for a new title.

I don’t imagine certain authors have quite the same dilemma as I do, though. Stephen King, James Patterson, V.C. Andrews, J.K. Rowling, and so on might have different insights than I because they are operating in a different stratosphere in many ways than I am. But for 99.7% of the authors who will publish a book in 2011, the landscape has changed.

Immensely so.

And so, for the rest of this week, I will explore how.