One month ago my debut picture book book, Someday We Will, launched out into the world–in the middle of a pandemic. Libraries are closed. Bookstores are closed. This makes readings and signings tough. I did manage a virtual book launch party, complete with a book giveaway.
The party was a hit.
Since that seventh day of April the book has received one professional view and two reader reviews. Content, perhaps am I, as Yoda might reflect. Somebody is reading Someday We Will. I am not sure what to expect in terms of getting reader attention, although I have attempted to nudge publicity by all sorts of reaching out. For those who are trying to garner your own “I published a book when the world shut down” attention, feel free to be inspired or perhaps encouraged by efforts.
To date I have contacted:
- my library (they are wonderfully supportive)
- the local newspaper and community magazines (nada yet)
- set up my author page on the major social media book websites (decent response)
- promoted on my blog (great response)
- created a storytime video on YouTube (wait and see)
- announced it through my school’s internet update page (very supportive)
- reached out to NPR and AARP (creative hoping)
- contacted my alumni magazines (Woo hoo! Got in!)
My publisher is doing their part. My launch team is doing their part. Publishing a book, a debut picture book, during a time when the world is in crisis is not easy.
Yet, I believe in my literary effort. It’s more than getting people to read the book. I know Someday We Will offers an incredible message of encouragement that goes beyond the story idea of grandparents and grandchildren looking forward to seeing each other for a family visit. Right now, we are all in a state of anticipation of what we will someday be able to do once again:
I have started a list—feel free to add to it:
Someday we will go to the grocery store without masks
Someday we will go to the park without worrying guilt for being outside
Someday we will go out to dinner AND a movie–in a theater
Someday we will hug those we haven’t seen for awhile without worry
Someday we can have teachers teach in the classroom again
And someday we will look at this time in our lives with wonder, awe, and even some sadness and remorse, but someday it will be in the past.