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PART II: The Author’s Platform – Social Media Sites

PART I: The Author’s Platform – Marketing Your Way to Success

NaNoWriMo: Time to Start Preparing

WOW!! It’s been a long time!

PART II: The Author’s Platform – Social Media Sites

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A successful writing career is dependent on a successful marketing campaign

 

In this part we will discuss the importance of “social media” networking sites.

You most likely have an account for some perhaps many of the following:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus+
  • Tumblr
  • Instagram
  • VK
  • Flickr

If you aren’t signed up – set up a time to do so.  It’s important that you have a presence on the social media stage.  Why? For two very important reasons:

1.  First, it will be an opportunity to build your social network.  This is goal #1.  When you eventually try to find a publisher or an agent they’ll ask how many people are in your networks.  It shows that you already have a potential reading audience and you are dedicated to growing that audience.

2. The second reason is that it will greatly increase your main site (that’s the place where you blog) mainly because you’re going to follow the process I lay out for you below.  Google algorithms like bringing up sites that are popular.  The more sites that “point” back to you the greater the odds that your site will be listed way up in front.

Steps:

1.  Go through as many social media sites as you can and sign up.

2. Begin networking with as many people as you can.  It helps if you “follow” someone else.  Usually they will return the favor and begin following you!  Eventually others will find you for the same reason you’re searching – they need to maximize their own networks

3. Whenever you post a blog article or whatever, make sure that you “share” it to your social media site.  It is important that when you do this that the social media site post will have a valid link back to your main page.  Hopefully, others will find your article useful and will “retweet” or “share on their page”, etc…

Now go do it!  Don’t waste too much time getting your social media sites up and running.

In the next installment in the series we’re going to discuss public appearances!  Not as difficult as you think it is!

Good Writing!

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admin @ June 8, 2015

PART I: The Author’s Platform – Marketing Your Way to Success

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A successful writing career is dependent on a successful marketing campaign

Writer’s write.  But that’s was then this is now.  Today to be successful you need to market yourself.  The days when you expect your publisher to do all the work – are long gone.  Even the big giants – JK Rowling, Stephen Kings – they too aren’t off the hook.  They need to keep the appearances up – touring the land – marketing their new books.

But you may be telling yourself as you read this – “this is for the published….I’m still trying to break in.”  STOP!  Don’t hit that BACK button.  Stay with me for a while.

If you’re not a published writer it may be even MORE critical that you break from your writing routine for a moment to consider how to market yourself.

In this series I will introduce how to develop a powerful marketing campaign that will grow as your popularity grows.

For now, here is your assignment:

Pick one or two of your favourite authors and create a list of the marketing devices they utilize.

In our next article we will introduce Social Media.

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admin @ June 7, 2015

NaNoWriMo: Time to Start Preparing

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It’s time once again!

 

NaNoWriMo countdown starts again.  In less than two weeks writers – novice and professionals alike – will shut themselves off from the rest of society for a whole month in an attempt to start and finish a complete novel.  However, it isn’t as ‘anti-social’ as you would think.  For starters you really only need several hours a day to achieve the goal of writing a 50,000 word manuscript.  Remember, the trick is to write the damn thing and not to focus on the rewrite to the perfect finished work.

Here are a few tips that you can do ahead of time to prepare:

1.  Know what you’re going to write about.

If you take the time to carefully decide what you want to write – ahead of time – you will ensure that you don’t waste precious time at the start of NaNoWriMo.

2. Prepare an outline.

Yes I know…some writers don’t want to prepare an outline but if you’re one of those who benefit from a good working plan then an outline will serve you exceedingly well.

3.  Take some practice shots.

You wouldn’t want to swim the English Channel without jumping in the water and doing a few exercises.  If you start writing ahead of time you will develop a momentum that will help kick start the NaNoWriMo challenge.  Try writing a short story each day or write a personal memoir…anything to help you get into the writing habit.

4.  In addition to #3 above you will want to ensure you have your routine down.  That includes setting aside time each day at the same time.  Also make sure you have your writing location down pack.  If you think you’re going to write the novel in your kitchen then start practicing in your kitchen.

5.  Reschedule appointments and trips throughout the month of November.  Nothing kills the writing process more than having a week long trip smack in the middle.  Anything that will change your routine will hurt your writing momentum.

Good luck.  Hopefully I’ll have some further tips to share with you later on.

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admin @ October 20, 2014

WOW!! It’s been a long time!

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Did anyone notice my New Year’s resolution this year?  I promised to write something everyday.  In fact my plan was to write in my writingbasics blog something each and every day.  The bad news is that I haven’t been writing anything (in my blog).  The good news is that I’ve been writing some 2000 to 4000 words each and every day except for the occasional weekend when I’ve been resting and working at being a good dad and devoted husband.

The year 2014 has marked a new turning point.  I suspect it’s a mid-life crisis.  As my hormones go out of whack I’ve been trying to redefine myself.  I’ve taken up new causes and realigned myself towards new goals, especially writing goals.

My sideline job has been exceedingly difficult and repleted with complexity and uncertainty.  Which is wonderful! Whenever something stirs me up like this it prompts me to TAKE MASSIVE ACTION.  Anthony Robbins outlined the success formula as follows:

 

 

1.  Know what it is you want

2. Take action, TAKE MASSIVE ACTION

3. Check to make sure if your actions are working

4.  If they aren’t working, CHANGE YOUR APPROACH!

 

Hence, we must continuously examine whether the actions we take on a daily basis work to bring us closer or further from our goal.  Inaction, should be seen as “being taken away from your goals.

So before I leave you, I want to ask are you writing consistently?  Have you fallen out by the wayward side?  If so re-evaluate what it is that you’re doing and CHANGE YOUR APPROACH!!

 

Have a great and successful writing day!

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admin @ September 11, 2014

Why I Write?

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Do you ask yourself “Why I write?” Does writing cause you to question your motives?

A few years ago when I was beginning out I suddenly had this sudden bout of concern.  That I was kidding myself.  I kept telling myself that writing was for the creative arts graduate, that despite my ambition to write I couldn’t see it through.  As a result I put my word processor down and didn’t go back for two years!  I bet there were a number of reasons why I did that.  Perhaps I quit writing because of an ever changing role in my relationship to my wife and family.  Perhaps it was because up until then I hadn’t published anything.  Whatever the reason it caused me to seriously doubt my writing ability and as a result I said “Screw it!”

Today I write each and every day.  I have three published books and I’m working on a new novel which I believe is going to be the best thing since “Catcher in the Rye”!!  Okay maybe I’m fooling myself but know this that if you say to yourself “I am a writer” or “I am NOT a writer” in both cases you are correct! You are what you believe.

I don’t want to make this to be a religious thing since that wouldn’t be politically correct for this blog but I truly believe with all my heart that God instills innate qualities in all of us.  My calling was to be writer.  I seriously don’t know why this is for instance I hated reading books growing up.  Except of course for a good dozen or so which left me saying “wow!” Subconsciously, reading these books churned my subconscious engine to internalize all the reasons why I wanted to be a writer.  To the point where I couldn’t ignore my calling any longer!   It took more years for me than it does for many writers but today I am glad I have set my goals to be a writer.

If you have that burning desire, RUN WITH IT!! Keep at it day to day.  You will be successful.  You will be successful.  You will be successful….keep telling yourself, please.

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admin @ January 13, 2014