Getting ones ducks in a row….
My official publication date is tomorrow 3 February but making sure all the marketing channels are open at the same time is a nightmare.
My book was uploaded to CS some time ago. I chose to use them for Amazon distribution worldwide but I did not chose the expanded distribution option. I didnt press the approve button until I needed to (see IS) below. Once approved my book was live within hours on various Amazon websites globally.
Ingram Spark (IS)
I also uploaded without problem some time ago and use them for all distribution channels (you cannot pick and choose). CS would always take precedence as the distributor for Amazon but IS can get to other distributors and book shops. Because I read that it could take six weeks to filter through to the outlets I pressed approve early but to my dismay I found it live on Amazon the next day. It weas Ok in the UK as it was only listed for pre-order but you could actually buy a copy in the USA as Amazon.com doesn’t feature pre-order for books. I had to get IS to unpublish until closer to tomorrow.
I uploaded the ebook version easily to Kindle some time ago and it appeared on Amazon globally on a pre-order basis.
I uploaded to Smashwords for distribution of all other ebook formats. It appeared on the various outlets as a pre-order until tomorrow. I also used the discount coupon system to provide free or discount epub versions to friends, family and those that have helped me with the book.
By tomorrow all avenues to sale will be open for business.
Final mailshots are going out today and tomorrow.
Final pre publication social media content prepared.
Radio interview tomorrow morning.
Book signing next Saturday.
National and local magazines reviewing book in March editions out mid to end Febraury.