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Writer at Work: Launch plans

I’m going to be celebrating the launch of GIVE UP THE GHOST in a couple of different ways. I’ll be having a launch party in a local bookstore (which of course all local people will be invited to), which’ll be happening a couple weeks after the book’s out, and I’d like to do something to celebrate with people online on or shortly after the release date as well (you all will be invited to that!).

This being my first book, I’ve never done this before. And I’d like to make both events as fun as possible. So, dear readers, this is where I turn to you!

In-person launch parties: What do you like to see happen at a launch party? I’ll definitely be signing books, but what else–a reading? A talk about the writing of the book? Swag to grab? Some sort of giveaway? Q&A? What have you seen at other launch parties that you really enjoyed? Any tips on what not to do?

Online launch parties: What do you like to see happen at an online launch party? I’m thinking I’ll open up a Chatzy room for an hour or two so people can come and talk with me and each other. Maybe there should be a separate chat (or time period) for people who want to discuss the book after reading, so that those who don’t want to read spoilers can leave/skip that one? I’ve heard of people doing giveaways during chat but not sure how that works. Anything else you’ve seen at online launch parties that you enjoyed?

Your thoughts are much appreciated. :)

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megancrewe
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, treats! I'm planning on that, too. :) Thanks for reminding me!
britlitfantwin
Aug. 31st, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
I should really cut my surfing short soon, so for now I'll point you towards an interview I did with Robin Stevenson. She gave some excellent tips on throwing a launch party (and hers was awesome!).

http://britlitfantwin.livejournal.com/81223.html
megancrewe
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Oooh, thank you, that is helpful!
jenniferbrown09
Aug. 31st, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
I'm going through the same process you are right now, and pretty much the bookstore where my launch signing will be is taking care of the foodies, and also it's just a signing, no reading or Q&A. But I am bringing swag -- keychains, bookmarks, Hugs & Kisses (of the Hersheys variety).

For the Virtual Launch Party, I'm trying to think of it like a real live party -- music, discussion, a contest. I interviewed my editor for the "discussion," am unveiling my trailer for "entertainment," and created a playlist for my "music." The only thing I don't have is food... but I've seen other VLPs with really cute food ideas -- some just photos of food they're "serving" and others with recipes -- some with both!!!

Maybe you should film a little video of yourself discussing something about your book...? That would be awesome. Nothing's better than the face of the author herself!

I can't wait! I'll be there with virtual bells on! I absolutely LOVED your book!
megancrewe
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all your ideas for the virtual launch! I'll have to get planning. :)
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My Books


Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014


The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012


The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013


The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014


Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014


Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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