Okay, we are back from our ‘time out’ and ready to ROLL. Here’s a fast recap: As you know Blake & Beckner have a couple of books in the works. We started sending our first manuscript, Remember Us, out to agents earlier this year with mixed results. Some agents never responded, a few read/loved it, but said the same thing: the market for fiction books is crap right now. Agents are only paid when their authors are paid, so they’re mostly looking for the next blingy bestseller.
This was our favourite rejection, “You write wonderfully, which makes me even more sorry to have to turn this down. If it were ten years ago, I would have offered representation very happily and proudly. But the market is simply impossible now for this kind of insightful, well-wrought novel. So I have to say no, but I would read anything else you write with great pleasure.”
Another agent we really love/respect sent us some advice: try something different, “try this thing called Publishizer to get your book published.”
We thought about it for awhile and decided we’re going to go for it.
SO, we are about to send our book proposal to Publishizer, a crowdfunding platform that matches authors with publishers. We have 30 days to raise funds by selling preorders of our first book together.
Before we go on… Wait, are you sitting down? Because this next part is really exciting! Maybe grab yourself some wine too – you’re welcome.
We’ve decided to gather a Launch Team of real readers – that’s you, our Dear Masses – willing to help us get Remember Us to infinity and beyond!
Er, WHAT IS A LAUNCH TEAM?
A launch team is an enthusiastic tribe of Blake & Beckner
fans obligated volunteers who will cheerlead our book and help get as many preorders as possible in a 30 day time period from when we launch in mid-January. They will help spread the word through any means possible generally accepted social media outlets.
(We love you, Beth/Bernice, but you can’t join this team. #superfan)
WHY ARE YOU FORMING THIS TEAM?
We are looking for help to sell as many pre-orders of Remember Us as possible with Publishizer, a crowdfunding platform that matches authors with publishers. The more preorders we get, the better chance a publisher will pick us up.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE LAUNCH TEAM?
- Are you excited to read Remember Us and tell everyone you meet about it?
- Are you an obsessive reader or in a book club?
- Are you fairly savvy and active on a blog or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram?
If your eyeballs are popping out of your head and your heart is singing YES to the above, then please reach out to us! More details coming below.
We will only take a few “Launch Team Members” and those spots will be gone before any of us can say Jack Robinson.
WHAT WILL YOUR COOL NEW LAUNCH TEAM ROLE LOOK LIKE?
It’s as easy as 1-2-3….
1) Read an early digital copy of the book. Yay!
2) Engage with your friends and followers online by posting about the book before and during our promotional month. (January 9 – February 9.)
3.) In your place of influence (yoga studio, chess club, bridge club, moms’ group, Tinder, Snapchat, blog, website), we’d love for you to shout or write about the book!
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
You will receive an advanced (digital) copy of the book, so you can read it and begin telling everyone and their moms about how much you love it. Once we get the printing press rolling, we’ll send you a signed copy of the book.
Oh wait, and did we mention you will have our undying gratitude?! Forever and ever, amen. Definitely that.
WHERE’S THE DOTTED LINE FOR ME TO SIGN?
Send us a photograph of your Blake & Beckner tattoo Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and tell us about yourself, your social media platform, and why you want to be on our launch team. We will get back to all of our applicants before Christmas.
Thank you so much for being with us on this journey! We couldn’t be here without you. Oh wait, that’s not entirely true. Our moms and dads had a little something to do with us being here, but let’s not talk about that right now.
We are so excited for you to read our book!