How to Launch a Book during a Pandemic

Today’s guest announce is by Samuel Moore-Sobel.

The coronavirus has brought much of what used to constitute daily life to a screeching halt. The affects have reached many careers–including those of novelists. Bookstores across the country have reduced customer capacity, restraint their hours, or closed. Opportunities for generators to share their work has abated, virtually overnight.

Earlier this spring, I concluded myself with an important decision to construct. Just as the pandemic was getting worse, I was nearing booklet of my diary. I had wasted more than a decade writing my story.

My book is about industrial accidents I suffered at fifteen years old. I was hired for a date to move chests and furniture, but by the end of the working day, I had suffered second- and third-degree shines as a result of an accidental encounter with sulfuric acid. I devoted the next several years in recuperation, both physically and emotionally. I wrote my diary because I wanted to share my experience with others.

When I talked to my publisher in early April, I showed doubts over moving forward with the publication date due to the pandemic. My editor recommended that we “keep moving as normal.” Moving forward with booklet hopes would guarantee that my notebook would be available in the fall–which, we anticipated, might be the end of the pandemic. “You’ll be ready to go once situates are ready to open again, ” she told me.

Several months later, this has not come to fruition. Despite the pandemic, my diary has is formally published for four weeks or so, and it’s done better than I expected. Within the first twelve hours of brochure, it constructed it to the surpass 77 in my list on Amazon.

So how can you be successful in publishing during a pandemic? Here’s what I learned 😛 TAGEND


I started contacting nonprofit organizations that might be interested in partnering with me. I also identified other influencers within the burn survivor and mental health communities. I preserved my asking be concentrated on three main goals 😛 TAGEND

Asking for the organization/ influencer to share about my record on social media Asking for “the organizations activities”/ influencer to read a copy of my notebook and ply its consideration of the item Asking for speaking openings( whether virtual or in the future) to share my story with others

This outreach strategy proved to be successful and abide return as I enrolled others to share on social media in preparation for my journal start. Surprisingly, I received numerous encouraging contents and was able to meet many mesmerizing and stimulating beings along the way.


Additionally, I contacted newspapers to publish my storey. I started out with regional stores, then division out to other newspapers with whom I had a personal connection to that specific community. For precedent, I contacted one outlet because my great-grandfather had extended a shoe place for many years in that parish. I restrained my theme suddenly, and they greeted abruptly, agreeing to feature my notebook in an upcoming volume of the paper.

Send Emails to Supporters

As I ready for my notebook propel, I drafted an email message to my friends, genealogy, and boosters, asking them to support my work by buying it and sharing on social media. On the day of the launch, I cast the email. I considered the shares on social media by friends, pedigree, partisans and organizations.

I was humbled by the support and grateful to finally view my work in print. The era supported even more special significance for me–it commemorated the eleventh anniversary of the accident. Rather than feeling happy or responsibility as I had in years past, I was encouraged at the thought of my fib curing others, especially in the midst of this pandemic. After all, doesn’t everyone need a little of brainchild and hope during these uncertain times?

Don’t Lose Heart after Launch Day

Many columnists are well-acquainted with the challenges of writing and marketing a book. As with anything, it makes the significant efforts, and those efforts aren’t ever realized straight off. It’s important to remember that the true success of a record is not fully measured by its performance in the first few weeks of publication.

Having a successful book launch is important, but ideally your bible will continue to sell long after the publication date. To make this happen, an generator has to be committed to repeatedly testing the sprays, finding out what works and what doesn’t. All while control a whole lot of rejection.

Inevitably, your notebook will fall in the Amazon positions. Exactly as your blog will fall in readership. You can’t stay on top forever. Just as any business work, there will be ebbs and flows in the tempo of your success.

Selling and marketing a notebook takes time. To be addressed with the resentments of being a writer, I believe you have to revisit the reasons you chose to write in the first place in order to get through the challenges.

For me, writing my book was a cathartic exertion. It was an opportunity for me to tell my unvarnished legend. I required others to be inspired by my narration. To predict my diary and identify with my jaunt. Not time in the challenges but also in the victories, even the smaller ones. So that, hopefully, a book could lay down my notebook with a revamped sense of determination to face whatever comes next.

To Release or Not Release?

So to those of you wondering whether or not to secrete your notebook, take heart. While the pandemic presents challenges, there are still opportunities to share the news of your work. Whether that be through newspapers, podcasts, blogs, and of course, social media, you can successfully launch your book.

While much work remains to be done to reach my selling aim, I’m buoyed by the support I’ve received even in the midst of this pandemic. As a writer, there is nothing more satisfying than having others read your work.

Words, whether spoken or written, have the power to inspire, inspire, illuminate, and enlighten. We are all in need of a bit of brainchild right now. It’s important for all of us to collectively join together in order to move through these challenging circumstances.

Consider joining the chorus of hopeful articulates, fellow novelist, by secrete your story today. Whether that be through a journal, blog affix, social media, or with a friend. We need to hear your tale.

Eventually, the pandemic will pass. There will be opportunities to once again meet physically, which will provide the chance for authors to sell works in person, impounded work signings, and take part in speaking dates. In the meantime, I’ll preserve doing all I can to spread messages of brainchild and hope. I hope you’ll join me in doing the same.

Samuel Moore-Sobel is an scribe, speaker and editor. His debut memoir Can You See My Scars?is the story of a harrowing encounter with sulfuric acid, damage and severe burns. Connect with Samuel at his website and on Twitter.

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