How to Launch a Book during a Pandemic

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

The coronavirus has brought much of what used to constitute daily life to a screeching halt. The feigns have reached countless careers–including those of scribes. Bookstores across the country have reduced customer capacity, limited their hours, or closed. Possibilities for columnists to share their work has lessened, virtually overnight.

Earlier this spring, I ascertained myself with an important decision to manufacture. Just as the pandemic was getting worse, I was nearing publication of my notebook. I had wasted more than a decade writing my story.

My book is about an accident I suffered at fifteen years old. I was hired for a epoch to move caskets and furniture, but by the end of that day, I had suffered second- and third-degree burns as a result of an accidental encounter with sulfuric acid. I spent the next several years in recuperation, both physically and emotionally. I wrote my volume because I wanted to share my experience with others.

When I talked to my publisher in early April, I carried 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 means would ensure that my book would be available in the fall–which, we anticipated, might be the end of the pandemic. “You’ll be ready to go once sits are ready to open again, ” she told me.

Several months later, this has not come to fruition. Despite the pandemic, my bible has been officially published for four weeks now, and it’s done better than I expected. Within the first twelve hours of publication, it induced it to the exceed 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 kept my entreaty be concentrated on three main goals 😛 TAGEND

Asking for “the organizations activities”/ influencer to share about my book on social media Asking for “the organizations activities”/ influencer to read a copy of my record and equip a review Asking for speaking openings( whether virtual or in the future) to share my story with others

This outreach strategy proved to be successful and digest fruit as I entered others to share on social media in preparation for my notebook propel. Surprisingly, I received many supportive words and was able to meet numerous mesmerizing and stimulating beings along the way.


Additionally, I contacted newspapers to publish my legend. I started off with neighbourhood outlets, then forked out to other newspapers with whom I had a personal connection to that specific society. For instance, I contacted one outlet because my great-grandfather had raced a shoe accumulation for many years in that community. I hindered my word short, and they greeted abruptly, agreeing to feature my record in an upcoming edition of the paper.

Send Emails to Supporters

As I prepared for my bible propel, I drafted an email message to my friends, pedigree, and partisans, asking them to support my diary by buying it and sharing on social media. On the working day of the launching, I transmitted the email. I realise the shares on social media by friends, home, backers and organizations.

I was humbled by the support and grateful to finally view my work in print. The era propped even more special significance for me–it differentiated the eleventh anniversary of the accident. Rather than feeling sad or responsibility as I had in years past, I was inspired at the was just thinking about my fib helping others, especially in the midst of this pandemic. After all, doesn’t everyone need a bit of inspiration and hope during these uncertain times?

Don’t Lose Heart after Launch Day

Many scribes are well-acquainted with the challenges of writing and marketing a diary. As with anything, it makes the significant efforts, and those efforts aren’t always recognized right off. It’s important to remember that the true success of a notebook is not fully measured by its performance in the first few weeks of publication.

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

Inevitably, your work will fall in the Amazon ranks. Precisely as your blog will fall in readership. You can’t stay on top forever. Just as any business work, “theres been” declines and flows in the speed of your success.

Selling and marketing a book takes time. To be addressed with the exasperations 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 work was a cathartic seek. It was an opportunity for me to tell my unvarnished fib. I demanded others to be inspired by my floor. To speak my book and identify with my journey. Not simply in the challenges but also in the success, even the small ones. So that, hopefully, a reader could lay down my journal with a restored appreciation of determination to face whatever comes next.

To Release or Not Release?

So to those of you wondering whether or not to exhaust your journal, 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 novelist, there is nothing more satisfying than having others read your work.

Words, whether spoken or written, have the power to inspire, encourage, illuminate, and enlighten. We are all in need of a bit of inspiration 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 expressions, fellow novelist, by liberate your storey today. Whether that be through a record, blog announce, 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 writers to sell bibles in person, maintained volume ratifies, and take part in speaking commitments. In the meantime, I’ll impede doing all I can to spread terms of insight and hope. I hope you’ll join me in doing the same.

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

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