Launching One Moment of Madness

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Last Friday I held my home book launch for One Moment of Madness. If you want to know how it went, read on.

Launching One Moment of Madness

Last week saw the publication of my 7th book entitled, One Moment of Madness. I am lucky, because of facebook and Twitter, I can use their advertising as a usual tool, and this has not only helped with sales, it has also enabled my author page to gain many more likes.

My advertising brought me in an event at Canterbury Library, another one at Herne Bay Library on 28th April, and also a special evening in May at Sudbury Library, where I will be doing a talk, and then afterwards selling signed copies of all my books.

But the event that is most personal to me is my home book launch, because my family and friends can come along and have a drink and a bit to eat, and celebrate with me in my own home environment. I have done this for all my books so far, that is the initial launch of it, and it gives me a chance to thank everyone personally for their support.

How we Prepared

We have an average sized house, with a long through lounge, with a conservatory at the end of it. The kitchen is also average size too. So we used the conservatory to set up a table display of all my books, with posters in the window, and a chair at the end for me to sit and sign.

We made home made punch, alcoholic and non alcoholic, most people are driving, so don't want to drink too much, and the punch with sliced fruit on top has always gone down well. We also had bottles of wine, beer and soft drinks as a back up, but the punch was a clear favourite. I got the recipes off the internet, and they were very quick and easy to prepare. We served the punch in glass bowls on the kitchen table as guests arrived, and then invited them to mingle in the front room and the conservatory.

The dining room table was laden with sandwiches, pastries, and all sorts of party bites from my local frozen food shop. I tried to keep everything simple, and it was clear that the party bites rather than the sandwiches were most pleasing, especially the fresh cream cake bites, as they simply disappeared. Next time I will make one plate less of sandwiches.

Ladies Who Latte

I have recently joined our local LADIES WHO LATTE group. It is a great little community, they all run various businesses, usually set up by themselves, and we all try to help and support one another. They did me proud, as no less than 6 of them came along that night.

I also had a lot of support from friends and neighbours, more people came than I had anticipated, which was great, and although I always state on the invitations, which my publisher supplies, there is no obligation to purchase a book, a lot of people did buy it, and that helps to get a book going.

I sold a lot of books through facebook, as friends who couldn't come, but wanted a book, contacted me on there. Today I got my first review from Megan Parry, who ordered her copy from Amazon. I have never met Megan, but as we share the same interest in Lewis Hamilton, I feel as though I have known her for years.

Everybody mingled well, and the atmosphere was very friendly and informal. I have never seen our house so packed, it was difficult to get past at times, not that I am complaining. I tried to speak to everyone, and also to greet them at the door, and make sure they safely got up the steps when they went home, as although we have outside lights, we also have steps.

I think the essence of a successful evening, is to keep it simple, and offer good old fashioned hospitality. People have changed, and rarely do they reply to an invitation, even though I had both my phone numbers, and email address on the invitation. I find that strange, as when I get one I always reply, that way the hostess knows how many to cater for. If there are any authors out there wondering if a home book launch would work, I hope you find my experiences helpful.

About the Book

One Moment of Madness is my 6th novel, and 7th book. The story centres around identical twins with opposite personalities. Rachel is quiet and studious, whereas Diana is fun loving, and good at the arts, but not at all academic.

Something happens to both of them which turns their lives upside down, and the story traces how they both cope with this huge devastating incident. Along the way, a baby is abducted from the hospital, and the reader learns that there are 3 women, who have had unhappy experiences, and yearn for their own baby. It's up to the reader to guess who it was, without skipping to the end of course, and I truly hope they don't succeed, and the twist remains a big surprise. I very much enjoyed writing this story, and I hope it pleases my readers.
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author avatar Carol
I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Carol
19th Apr 2018 (#)

Thanks Peter for the moderation and star

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author avatar LOVERME
21st Apr 2018 (#)

What a delight to know
you have launched
your 7th book
now all know.

Success depends on how many friends one has
sure enough I am glad
you have

I have many who read me but am unlucky no one really knows me
I love to bask in my anonymity
Carol Ma'am now you are a celebrity
Congrats to thee
from your well wisher
Loverme .

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author avatar Carol
21st Apr 2018 (#)

Thank you Loverme, I am not a celebrity yet, but I am working on it.

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author avatar LOVERME
22nd Apr 2018 (#)

Yes you are
Not many can publish books
All the BEST

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author avatar Carol
22nd Apr 2018 (#)

You are so kind. x

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author avatar LOVERME
14th May 2018 (#)

I admire you for your sole distinction
Ma'am Carol

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
15th May 2018 (#)

Congratulations dear Carol.
I am so looking forward to seeing your books displayed on the supermarket shelves ..Is that possible ?
Many blessings to you and yours
Stella xx

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author avatar Carol
15th May 2018 (#)

Thank you Stella. I don't think they will be there, as they are hardback, and can only really sell in places like Waterstones. People do buy them direct from me if they want them signed, and I do them at a much cheaper price. Facebook is a good platform for my selling. I hope you are keeping well. xx

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