Tyrika Williams is a digital strategist to authors, writers, and other reluctant creatives. During the day, you’ll find her advising indie authors on building their brand and managing book launch promotions. At night, she’s heads down, headphones on, flitting about social media either soaking up knowledge and making new friends or grumpily shaking her imaginary cane at anyone fueling the stigma of invisible illnesses.
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Yes; if you do a presale, those buyers will get the book immediately upon release. Include a message in either the front or back matter that encourages them to leave a review once they finish the book. You should also encounter them to join your mailing list, that way you can continue to build a relationship with them.