My book launch party was a lot of fun. I had a Cake to eat. Punch to drink. A table with decorations I got at the store and of course my books I had order and myself. I was more excited and happy then scared and nervous. I was just into it and I walking running around trying to get things set up and I had a white candle in my hand and I tripped over a rub in the back and I dropped the candle. I didn’t yell or cus because I didn’t want people worried or looking back there. So I picked it up and tossed it in the trash and made a new one. My friend Jenny said “You need to calm down” I was calm, I guess I was overwhelmed. But that was okay with me.
Some of my family and friends came in and bought my book. A lady I didn’t even know came in and she saw me sitting there and she bought the book for her sister. I had 20 books on the table and I sold all of them. There was one left and I sold it to one of my friends from high school.
Once you have your book written that you’ve have been wanting to finish for years to come and ready to sell them, here are a few tips of mine for your book launch party.
- How to order your books: That’s the very first thing that I think every author should do first. If you set up a date for your book launch party on a Friday the 6th or a Friday the 7th then you order your books on Monday the 2nd or Tuesday the 3rd I’m going to say don’t do that. BIG MISTAKE! Because if you order your books after you set a date it’s possible that they will come a week late or two weeks later then when you have your party there won’t be any books to sell. If you are having your party in October and you set a date and it’s now April that’s fine. But just remember to order your books through the months so you have them. It doesn’t matter how many you order just get them ordered. once they are at your house on your table then you can set a date.
- How to Budget: Make sure that you set a budget. If you only want to spend $50 to $100 on your party, that’s okay. You don’t have to go to the mall you can go out to Wal-Mart or even dollar tree to get plastic plates and cups. I went to dollar general with a friend and they had Halloween stuff on sale for a low price and I bought some of it. There was a lot of Halloween stuff, but my hands were full and I was done. I’m planning on keeping them and putting them on my table for other book events.
- How to set a place and Time: When you plan a book launch party you need to pick a place first before you set a date. You can have a party anywhere you want. You can have it at the library. The mall. A bookstore. Or even a flower shop if your book is about flowers. I had my book launch party at the flower shop because I’m good friends with the owner. After you have picked a place to have the party then you can pick a day out of the week. But talk with the owner first then you both can pick a day together.
- How to get the word out: To get the word out that you are having a book launch party there are plenty o ways to do that. You can use Facebook you set up an event. That’s what I did. Everybody that I was friends with I sent out an invitation. You can use Twitter and talk about your event coming up and tweet it. If you don’t have any social media at all you can print off posters and put them up around your town. I did that as well. And if you have a website you can also announce it there as well. Getting the word out on social media is a big help.
- How to get things for the party: Having a book launch party you’ll need more than just your books. Do you want to have a table with food and drinks? At my party, I had punch as a drink and a cake with my book cover on the front for dessert. I loved that cake and I didn’t want to eat it. I wanted to keep it. LOL About about your table while you sign books. If your book theme is paranormal horror you can have items from your story. Like in my book The Wish I have a scene where a white candle has blood going down it. I made that myself. Some of the things I had at my party I made my self. You can have business cards, bookmarks or postcards too. I had those too. And you’ll need a pen to sign books.
- How to take pictures: You don’t want to have a party without pictures. Take as many as you can. I took a lot. You can use your phone or your laptop.
- How to dress up: There’s nothing wrong with looking good and feeling your best at your book launch party.
- How to Socialise: When people come in “Just say hi, how are you” If they stop and say hi back then talk to them and show them your book. I did that when people came in. Some people saw me and kept walking. Some stopped and said hi and I showed them my book. Being talkative and interacting with people shows the kind of person you are.
Here are photos from my first book launch party.
I hope my tips helped you and all goes well. Good luck with your launch book and I hope you sell a tone of books. Happy author day and God bless.