Welcome to Paul's Podcast Diary for Saturday 22nd June, 2019.
Coming up this week:
- I’ll be summing up my plans and strategies for the rapid release of my books in this special read-along-with-paul edition
- How my ducks are now all in a row for my next BookBub promo
- That’s another book edited and off to beta readers!
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My Rapid Release Strategy
Read-a-long with Paul 🙂
- Change to plans after interview with Adam Nicholls
- I am collaborating with Adam to launch co-written book during his own September rapid release … I want to draw from his audience
- That means book 1 is released Monday 9th September, I’ll do this in collaboration with Adam
- The aim is to release as many thrillers at the rate of one-per-week as I can from that date
- If I can get a BookBub on Don’t Tell Meg, I’ll use that to get things going … I’ll need to get one when I re-submit on Sunday 25th August
Release schedule [Thrillers]
This is the schedule:
[Start with DTM BookBub promo?]
***Stuart Bache all covers available – I’ll get boxset 3d graphics done on Fiverr***
1: Mon 9th Sept – Now You See Her [Adam Nicholls collaboration]
2: Mon 16th Sept – Dead of Night [New title is When Daylight Comes]
3: Mon 23rd Sept – One Fatal Error [New title is One Last Chance]
4: Mon 30th Sept – Who To Trust [New title is Friends Who Lie]
5: Mon 7th Oct – Burden of Guilt [New title is No More Secrets]
***3 x Morecambe Bay Trilogy covers arrive – I’ll get boxset 3d graphics done on Fiverr***
***Will make a call on whether DTM Trilogy is being included in this rapid release plan***
6: Mon 14th Oct – So Many Lies [New book]
7: Mon 21st Oct – Box Set 1 [Dead of Night/One Fatal Error/So Many Lies – Fast Thrillers]
8: Mon 28th Oct – Mon 4th Nov – Left for Dead [Morecambe Bay 1] [New book]
9: Mon 4th Nov – Two Years Later [Ready 23rd August]
10: Mon 11th Nov – [Morecambe Bay 2/22nd Sept]
11: Mon 18th Nov – Box Set 3 [Who To Trust/Burden of Guilt/Two Years Later – Female Leads]
12: Mon 25th Nov – [Morecambe Bay 3/ready 3rd Nov]
13: Mon 2nd December – Box Set 3 [Morecambe Bay]
To be confirmed …also depends if I get an August Bookbub:
14: Mon 9th December – Don't Tell Meg renamed
15: Mon 16th December – The Murder Place renamed
16: Mon 23rd December – The Forgotten Children renamed
17: Mon 30th December – Box Set 2 [DTM/TMP/TFC]
- Basic promo budget is £650 for 6 x ads ie Robin Reads [£52] + BKKnights [£4] + ENT [£36] + Fussy Librarian [£15] = £107 per book x 6 = £650 or thereabouts
- Additional promo budget is £450 ie £75 per book … for FB ads + BookBub + Amazon Ads
- Bargain Booksy is £44 + Book Gorilla is £40 … both optionals, dependant on budget
- Will throw in extra budget as I earn it between now & when rapid release starts
- I now have a BB on TSB – I won’t hold my breath on income – and I can re-submit TG again soon
- That income will be used to get new covers on my 7 x sci-fi books
- They’ll be branded in the same world now and numbered books 1-7
- I’ll unpublish them, do a light edit based on feedback and then rapid re-release on them
- Notionally I have a final 3 x books in that series, based on a time travel concept & a final trilogy
- My aim is to re-cover, re-edit, re-title & re-release
Release schedule [Sci-Fi]
This is the schedule:
- Mon 6th Jan – The Secret Bunker 1
- Mon 13th Jan – The Secret Bunker 2
- Mon 20th Jan – The Secret Bunker 3
- Mon 27th Jan – The Secret Bunker Box Set 1
- Mon 3rd Feb – Phase 6
- Mon 10th Feb – The Grid 1
- Mon 17th Feb – The Grid 2
- Mon 24th Feb – The Grid 3
- Mon 3rd March – The Grid Box Set 2
- I have 3 x books slated in for release with Jon/James in July – before 20Books Edinburgh we hope
- I wound up the trilogy so if it flops, it can stay that way
- If it succeeds, there are many more books that can come in that series
What’s my thinking?
- I’m convinced about the benefits of rapid release combined with being in KDP Select … reads makes up 90% of Adam Nicholls’ income
- I’m struggling to do this on my own so I want to ride on the coat tails of other audiences
- I can write fast and furious – this is my primary offering to others … and I deliver when I say I’ll deliver … I’ve been told I’m easy to work with
- I’ve learned about the power of series so I want my cover branding to reflect that to encourage more buy-throughs
- The more I learn the more I’m convinced that the book has to be good – it can’t be rubbish – but the marketing and sales are most important
- I want to really give my books a good thrash using best practice to see if there’s anything to play for
- I’m using the power of the mastermind group – as outlined by Napoleon Hill in ‘Think and Grow Rich’ – and I’m using networking contacts made through this podcast to create collaborations.
- If this tanks – or only brings in mediocre success – I’ve brought all of my assets up to a level going forward … they can all sit there like that forever!
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