Monthly Archives: May 2014

How to Prepare For Your Book Release


 Releasing a new book is a lot like giving birth. Your life will never be the same. The demands on your time will leave you with little time for writing or sleeping. Like expectant parents preparing a nursery, there are several things you should do before the Big Event.

Create a Media Kit

A media kit is a tidy package that contains all the information bloggers or interviewers will need to promote your book. It should contain:

  1. Your photo. Label the jpeg with your name.
  2. Your book cover. Label it with the title of your book.
  3. A short blurb about your book. (Essentially, the back page blurb.)
  4. A short excerpt.
  5. Your bio. This should be about a paragraph. Bonus points if you write it in the same vein as your book. For example, I write Young Adult Paranormal, so my bio mentions one detail from my high school years, and the fact that I am a shaman and live with a dragon.
  6. Your social media links. (No, you don’t have to be on everything!)
  7. Your buy links. These may not be available until the last minute. Ask ahead of time if your bloggers would prefer you to wait and send the media kit after you have your buy links. Some will want to set up their posts and just add the buy links at the last minute.
  8. A book trailer. You may want to save the trailer and release it if sales begin to drop.

Additional Materials

  1. Author interview Q & A.

If you can afford a professional blog tour (I’ve used “I am a Reader, Not a Writer”) then by all means book one. Not all bloggers will want to do a spotlight. Some will request an author interview and will either email you questions, or want you to provide the questions and answers. (5 are a good number.)

  1. A 5 or 10s list. Lots of bloggers request these. And if they don’t, you can use them on your blog. Your lists could be about writing or books in general, or relate to your book specifically. For example Your 5 Favorite Romance Books. Or 5 Fun Facts About Dragons.
  2. Pick quotes from your book that you can use on social media.
  3. Gather advance review quotes if possible.

Social Media

You need to have some presence on the web. An author website is a must. Beyond that, decide what types of social media you enjoy. Blog. Facebook. Twitter. Google+. Pinterest. Etc. Social media is necessary for book sales and an enormous time suck. Proceed accordingly. Whichever platforms you choose, google rafflecopter and learn how to do a giveaway.

After Your Book Release

Set up an author profile on Amazon by going to Author Central.

Create an author page on Goodreads. You may have to request the librarian include your new book.

 Prepare what you can ahead of time. Ask questions on author loops.

 Congratulations on birthing your new book!

Copyright 2014 by Ariella Moon

 Ariella Moon writes sweet Young Adult paranormal fiction. Her Teen Wytche Saga includes SPELL CHECK, SPELL STRUCK, & SPELL FIRE from Astraea Press.




Tracing the Gay Rights Movement through LGBT Pulp Fiction

Last night, the Palm Springs Library presented “The Significance of LGBT Pulp Fiction with Author Katherine V. Forrest,” an author interview conducted by Dr. Christopher Freeman. Forrest is the author of Curious Wine and other lesbian-themed novels. Freeman has published numerous works on gender studies.


The term “pulp fiction” refers to the cheap “pulp magazines” printed on low-quality paper and produced in the early twentieth century. These precursors to modern mass-market paperback novels were sold in drugstores, train and bus stations, and grocery stores. Their bold covers reflected the often torrid or taboo subject matter contained within the slim volumes.

Freeman and Forrest encouraged audience members to relate their experiences with pulp fiction. Their tales shed a fascinating spotlight on the struggles faced by gay and lesbian readers and writers in the decades before and after the pivotal Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village in 1969.


Imagine in the 1930s through 1980s trying to purchase books with two or more bikini-clad men on the cover or nearly naked women. Gay and lesbian pulp fiction gave Katherine V. Forrest and many members of the audience their first glimmer that they were not alone in their sexual orientation. But obtaining the novels were often an ordeal. One audience member related making multiple trips to the library to read a book he was too embarrassed to check out. Katherine Forrest remembered buying four books she didn’t want in the hope the cashier wouldn’t notice the fifth book, a lesbian-themed novel she did want. Others related similar experiences.


For many it seemed, these books gave them the courage to inch out of the closet, even if just to their friends or families. Some mentioned Spring Fire by Vin Packer, and Odd Girl Out by A. Bannon. Others remembered The Price of Salt by Claire Morgan.


Many of the authors of the lesbian-themed books were later discovered to be men with female pen names. Few authors, like Ann Bannon (who wrote as A. Bannon) were openly out of the closet. Dr. Christopher Freeman, an English professor at the University of Southern California, discussed Maurice (pronounced Morris) by E. M. Forster, which had been written in 1913-1914 and twice revised decades later. Forster had resisted publishing the book because he knew his story of same-sex love would be all the more controversial because of its happy ending. Thus it wasn’t published until six decades after he had first written it.Image

Many mentioned Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness, a 1928 novel about a female ambulance driver in World War I. A campaign against the book led to an obscenity trial in the United Kingdom during the time of Virginia Woolf and Rudyard Kipling.Image

As a writer hoping to add more LGBT characters to my Young Adult novels (The Teen Wytche Saga), the evening was a fascinating immersion into the history of the gay rights movement as seen through LGBT literature.

©2014 by Ariella Moon

Helpful links

Christopher Freeman, PhD