Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Book Blast Is Here!

The SCBWI Book Blast is a fantastic way to boost your newly published book's outreach. Design a one-of-a-kind, online page that gives visitors an inside look at you and your book. 

For $25, you can choose from one of our 7 beautiful pre-designed templates, which will be hosted here at for the general public to browse, purchase and enjoy!

Start creating your page on September 1st!  We want you to take full advantage of the entire six-week promotion period, so have your page ready by our launch date, October 10th. You can still purchase a Book Blast any time between October 10th and November 18th. 

The Book Blast promotion will last six weeks, from October 10th to November 18th, and is available for all books published in 2016
To see an example of all our 7 templates, CLICK HERE!
Ready to get started?
To purchase a Book Blast: members simply log in to and click "My Book Blast" on the left side of your profile.
INSTRUCTIONS for creating your Book Blast page

Q: Is this anything like the Book Launch Party promotion from last year?
A: Yes! Book Blast is the same program as the Book Launch Parties, but polished and re-tooled. You can access Book Blast through your member profile, in the same spot where the BLPs used to be.
Q: Can I make a Book Blast for my app or ebook?
A: Sure! Apps and ebooks are welcome along with hard copy and paperback books.
Q: How long does the Book Blast period last?
A: Book Blast is a six-week promotion, launching on October 10th and ending on November 18th. Your page will be visible throughout that time and you can make edits at any time.
Q: When will my Book Blast page become accessible to the public?
A: All of the Book Blast pages will be launching together on October 10th; after that point, we encourage you to publicize your page as much as you can.
Q: How do I promote my own Book Blast page?
A: We recommend putting your Book Blast on all of your social media platforms, especially Facebook and Twitter. You’ll need to get the link to your personal page, which you can access by clicking ‘Preview Book Blast’ and using the URL from the top of the Book Blast page. Copy and paste that URL into all of your posts and tweets.
Q: How do I ‘submit’ my Book Blast when I’m finished editing?
A: After hitting ‘Save’ on your finalized page, you don’t have to do anything other than wait. Your Book Blast will automatically go live on the launch date, October 10th.
Q: How long do I have to edit my page?
Make sure your page looks perfect and check for typos before the launch date, October 10th. That being said, you can add or update information (like reviews or upcoming appearances) all throughout our Book Blast period.
You’ll be able to access your page through your member profile, as usual. You can edit your page at any time, up until the program ends on November 18th.
Q: When I post my page link to Facebook I only see the SCBWI Book Blast logo as the image and not my book. What’s going on?
A: When you paste the link to your Book Blast into a new Facebook post, Facebook will dynamically retrieve the "SCBWI Book Book Blast" image, and place it in your post. If you click that "Book Blast" image, it will take you to the *full* Book Blast listing—it won't yet go to your personal page.  That's because you haven't saved the Facebook post yet. After you click the blue "Post" button to save the post on your timeline, clicking the image *will* take you to your personal Book Blast page.

Note that the blue "Post" button is now gone, and so is the URL that you pasted in.  That URL is now the link when clicking the image.

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