My answer is always the same.
I hate to break it to you, but NOW, now, now, now. It doesn’t matter if you’ve only written the first paragraph or you are almost to print – if you haven’t started to market your book yet, then you need to start today.
Next, I get a load of buts.
But, I’m still six months out from being in print.
But, I’m still writing.
But, I need to finish this (chapter, cover design, my sister’s wedding) first.
But, I don’t know how.
But, I don’t have time.
Let me share this with you, there’s nothing worse than working on your book for a whole year (or more) and then launching it to VERY minimal results.
Now is the absolute best time to start, no matter where you are in the process – writing, editing, proofing, or printing.
People need and want to hear a buzz about the book. You want them drooling and clamoring over grabbing a copy on the release day. You want them waiting to whip out their credit card and make that order.
Next question I get asked….
But, how LONG of a time do I need to market my book?
That depends. Minimally I would say six months. Ideally even 9 months… absolute worst case scenario three months.
My question back to you is, how important is getting your book out there and having it be successful right off the get-go?
The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.
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