Post Publication Celebrations: musings from a debut author

Now that my book’s been published, it’s time to sell it. Oh yes. And so it begins. AGAIN.

It’s time to get THE LITTLE LIGHT into the hands of readers and customers. My ebook was released on 6th June, and the paperback was released on the 8th.

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It was quite the ordeal to put it all together. Most people have no idea the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to make your dream come true. For some reason, some people think I woke up one morning with the book magically on Amazon with a wish-granting genie by my side.

HAH!

I was working through odd hours to make sure I would be awake to communicate with the team that was based in three continents, in three different time zones. My tech person is in India and my marketing people are based in Europe and the US. If I don’t respond to an email, it often delays communication by a day, sometimes more. But I promised myself that I would publish this book in June, and I have done it. 

HOORAY. 

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I’d like to say the whiskey I had that night was to celebrate – but the truth is, it was a sedative to put my pounding mind to rest. I’d barely slept in days. I went from being stressed as …. to being so over the moon that I thought I was going to faint. 

A big thank you to everyone that bought the book, or downloaded it via Kindle Unlimited. Some of you shared my Facebook posts and the link to my book and that meant a lot to me. I also received some highlighted quotes and it made my day to know that the book was being enjoyed. For those of you who did get the book, please do leave that review when you’re done. Any support that I get at this stage is much appreciated as I am starting out and there’s still a long long journey ahead… 

Which is why it surprises me when *some* peculiar individuals are ALREADY asking me to help them publish their book. 

Humans…

I don’t come with contacts in the business and it really is a one woman show at the moment.

I am enjoying it, though. It’s been one hell of a ride. I realise I am capable of a lot more than I thought.

But then again, aren’t we all?

Now it’s onto the marketing and advertising side of things. There is so so so much to do. From ad design, to targeting, to deciding if I want to do CPM vs CPC to contacting bloggers to do reviews to SEO optimisation to affiliate marketing to making all the cost and benefit decisions that come with that. I’ve already started running ads on Amazon and Bookbub. I’ll start with Facebook next week.

Phew. 

I will write those blog posts about marketing your book once I’ve gone through the process. Right now all I have are a gazillion haphazard handwritten notes and MS Word Documents that don’t make much coherent sense.

But it’ll all come together. It always does. 

BTW, I am doing a free giveaway on 13 June on Amazon, so if you haven’t gotten the book yet – here’s your chance to read it for free. 

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But it’s not all business. Our successes, even the small ones, don’t mean much unless we get to share them.

So on Saturday, my best friend and I went to Mariamman Temple in Chinatown. Despite its location, it is the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore and my family’s been going there for generations. 

It was a proud, full circle moment. To come back to where I used to go as a kid having fulfilled one of my childhood dreams. And the fact that I got to share it with my best friend who’s been there by my side through this arduous journey was just… so incredibly special. We’ve known each other for 17 years and counting. 


Hooray! 

I wonder what my next ‘small success’ will be… 🙂

Wish me luck. 

Author: Dipa

Founder of Mith Books

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