Building a Platform

thWhen I first began thinking about getting published, I heard lots of chatter about the importance of the writers platform.

“What’s That,” you ask? Well . . .

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Yeah. As a creative person searching for an audience, you kind of need a platform. There are still publishers that deal with the promotional side, the platform building thing, but more often than not, they want you, Writer, to know your audience and to be capable of marketing yourself to them.

What I have learned in the time I’ve taken to build my own little platform is that my audience consists of people that share my interests. My books will most likely be interesting to people who share my love of music and romance.

Your audience consists of people like you, who like what you like.

There is a site that I love: Your Writer Platform. I get regular emails from them. I think that the author, Kimberly Grabas, has a lot great and useful advice. And since I am on the verge of beginning promotion for my second book, tentatively titled, Countdown To Chaos, I’ve been refreshing myself with much of the knowledge and advice gleaned from this site.

Knowledge is power. And power helps us eradicate fear.

awesome quoteSo, in this blog post, I’m basically going to pass along the links that I’ve found most useful and encourage any hopeful authors that might read this post to check them out.

The titles are pretty self-explanatory:

Set Up Your WordPress Blog in Less Than 15 Minutes

The 9 Must-Haves for a High-Performing Book Launch Page

You just launched a book. Now What?

34 Strategic Ways You Can Use Pinterest to Market Your Book and Your Author Brand

How to Get Reviews For Your Book (Without Begging, Bribing or Resorting to Subterfuge)

I urge you anyone who is writing or considering publication to look into this site, or some other sites like it. Get involved with other bloggers. Get social. Find out where people like you hang out and go there and tell them all about your awesome book.

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