Hello SErs! Harmony here 🙂 I hope this finds you well. Earlier this month, I was going along, business as usual, when a few American friends started talking about July 4th and the big American holiday. It struck me that right up until the 3rd, when all the noise started, I had remained fairly oblivious. Of course, I knew of the date and the importance of American Independence, but this year, it hadn’t registered. This served as a reminder that as a writer and author with published books out there, such dates can be important, and then there’s blogging as well.
So, I thought I’d gather some of the most significant dates and events here for you. I’ve put them into a jpeg to make it easy to download and save, should you so wish. Along with the lists of dates and events, below the picture, I include links to pages that list just about every event out there, just in case they prove of use.
** = specific to writing
Link for UK holidays and events: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/uk/2019
Link for US holidays and events: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/2019
Solstices and Equinoxes:
From the US Naval Observatory … https://www.weather.gov/media/ind/seasons.pdf
From Greenwich Mean Time … https://www.weather.gov/media/ind/seasons.pdf
Other dates, such as International kissing day, International Friendship day, and National Sisters’ Day can be found on … https://www.clareflorist.co.uk/special_dates.asp
And, the whole of November each year is National Novel Writing Month. You can participate in that via: https://nanowrimo.org/
And, of course, significant dates can be useful for looking backward for a novel idea.
Did you know that on this day, July 18th …
- in 1811, famous author William Makepeace Thackery was born. He is most famous for writings such as Vanity Fair.
- in 1838, Huskar Colliery Mining Disaster in Silkstone England: mining pit floods drown 26 children, leads to 1842 ‘Mines and Collieries Act’ bans women and children working underground.
- in 2017, North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile into Sea of Japan.
Regarding book sales peaks and troughs, I have found March through April good launch dates with some positive response. Summer, being the main holiday season, seems to see a huge slump until later August or so. October has proved a good time for me to release a book in time for the Christmas sales season. Another date, that I never would have thought about, being in the UK, is American Tax Day. That can also see a hold-off on sales until it has passed. The UK tax cut-off date falls on April 5th each year, but doesn’t seem to have any impact on sales.
I hope you find this useful. I’d love to hear what dates have and haven’t worked for you. I wish you all the best with your writing and book launches. 🙂