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Planning Your Book Launch: Strategies for Success
Publishing a book soon? Learn how to plan your launch! Join us as multi-award-winning author Ruth Kaufman discusses key promotional strategies you can employ before and during your launch, including putting together a press kit, approaching local media, and growing your newsletter list. Launch strategies don’t guarantee sales, but they can help! Don’t miss this chance to learn how Ruth has used these tactics to launch her own successful self-published books. Please RSVP here on AND register at Speaker info: Ruth Kaufman’s WARS OF THE ROSES BRIDES trilogy (AT HIS COMMAND, FOLLOW YOUR HEART, and THE BRIDE TOURNAMENT) reached #1 historical romance on Amazon in the US, Canada, and Australia. Her new romantic comedy is MY LIFE AS A STAR. The standalone prequel, MY LIFE AS AN EXTRA—in which EAT, PRAY, LOVE meets LA LA LAND in Chicago—received an Honorable Mention in The Tracking Board’s 2017 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition. Other accolades include 2016 Booksellers' Best Award double winner (Best Historical and Best First Book) and Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® winner. Ruth is also an on-camera and voiceover talent with a J.D. and a Master's in Radio/TV. Credits include independent features, short films, web series, national TV commercials, and hundreds of voiceovers, including e-learning courses, medical narration, and commercials. She presents workshops for authors and actors and is a comedic storyteller. Learn more at and NOTE: You must be registered as a Next Door Community Member to attend this event. Joining the Next Door Community is totally free and will give you access to register for any of Next Door’s classes or financial coaching, which are also free of charge. Please register at Once registered as a Community Member, you will receive a monthly email highlighting Next Door’s calendar of class and events. No additional solicitation or emails will be sent to you, and your information will not be shared. When checking in at the event, if you are not signed up as a Community Member, the check-in team will ask you to sign up onsite.

Next Door Cafe

659 W Diversey Parkway · Chicago, IL

What we're about

Join us at the Chicago Self-Publishing Group as we explore the dynamic world of self-publishing and indie publishing.

We meet every month and we welcome anyone interested in learning about self-publishing:

self-published authors who want to learn more or share their experiences

writers looking for information on how to self-publish

professionals who are not writers but want to publish material related to their work

book designers, graphic designers, and ebook formatters

publishing industry professionals

marketing and PR professionals

We'll explore all aspects of self-publishing, including writing, editing, design, ebooks, print on demand, book marketing, author platforms, writing tools and publishing technology, and much more. We will feature short presentations by self-published authors, book marketers, and others involved in the wonderful world of indie publishing.

Whatever your relationship to self-publishing, we invite you to join us to share your knowledge and learn from our speakers and group members.

Kim Bookless, Organizer

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