As I go into the final stages of my book launch, I find myself wondering, “Is this book going to succeed, or will all my time and effort be wasted?”
You always hear people talk about the “key” to success, but is there any such thing? Can success be distilled into a simple formula?
Famous people have said all kinds of things about the magical key to the fictional creature called success:
“Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill
“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.” — Zig Ziglar
“Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.” — Jim Rohn
“Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.” — Wilfred Peterson
“Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” — George Sheehan
(Quotes courtesy of IncomeDiary)
So everyone has their own definition of success, meaning that there is no single “road” to success. Well, that makes things a lot harder for me!
How can I make this book launch “successful”? Truth be told, I have no idea! I’m not sure what will make my book sell all the copies I’d like it to, or how I’ll put my book in front of as many people as I need to in order to make it a “success”.
All I can do is what I can do. What does that mean?
Writing as many author interviews and guest posts as I can.
Interacting with as many people (now and on launch day) as I can.
Submitting the book to as many review sites as possible.
Getting as many people to help me with my launch as I can.
Other than that, I don’t know what more I can do!
It’s tough for a book to truly succeed in the world today. Unless you have a fortune to spend on marketing and hours in the day to promote yourself and your works, it basically comes down to the hard work and daily grind.
So that’s what I’ll be doing from now until August 21, the day the book officially launches. I’ll keep doing it even after that, as I’ll need to find ways to keep the momentum going. I may not know what the “key” to success is or if it even exists, but I’m not going to worry about it. I’ll do everything I can, and hope that my efforts pay off.
If you want to help with my book launch in some way, drop a comment below, message me on Facebook, or send me an email! I need all the help I can get!
Got any interesting ideas of how I can expand my reach and get my book in front of more people? I’m all ears!