My debut YA novel is scheduled for release in May, 2012, so this morning I was thinking about the word “launch.” I think I came to my previous book releases a little bewildered, overwhelmed by the options (101 Ways to Promote Your Book), and a bit timid about getting my feet wet. Now, I realize that while I can’t do it all, I can have a focused plan. So I asked myself, if I were sailing around the world, how would I prepare for my trip?
I’d love it if my novelist friends would tell me specific things you’ve done to prepare for your own launches. How would you interpret these steps?
Laying in Supplies—I’d need food for the voyage, blankets, emergency lights, fishing gear, etc.
Maps, both paper and electronic
A Route Plan–decide how I’ll get there
Talk to Experienced Sailors—especially those who’ve sailed around the world before
Enlist Supporters at Home—people who will stay in contact remotely and report on my progress
Enlist Supporters in Foreign Ports—people who would welcome me, let me stay with them, and introduce me around their city
Avoid Dangerous Waters—war-torn areas, areas with pirates, areas prone to storms
Languages—acquire a working knowledge of the main languages where I will be sailing, or find interpreters.
Time for Loved Ones–build in daily
Post-Trip Plan—a plan for after I return home, so I can rest and slow down, but not all the way down.
Work on Next Trip—preparing for another trip, even while I’m on this one.
One Year to Launch—Calling on the Well-Traveled for Advice