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Writer to Writer -

December 2011

 

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Only a few sleeps 'til Christmas.  Can you believe it? Ack! Time is slipping away...

As is my norm for December, there's only one issue, and the same will occur in January.  One Bumper issue for each of those months.


In case you missed it, I sent out a very short and sweet email not long after the last newsletter. 

I wrote a short report that suggests a variety of techniques and ideas to earn mo.ney from your writing .

It was written as a way of making additional in.come for Christmas, but when you download it, you'll see you can use the ideas all year round.

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Feel free to send the report to anyone you feel will benefit from it. There is absolutely no charge to anyone for this report.

Okay, onto this issue.

Paul Callaghan has written an article about building your author platform, and from Dawn Carrington, the second article in the series about creating book trailers.

Before I go, I'd like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and fantastic 2012.  If you don't celebrate Christmas, enjoy whatever this time of year means to you.

That's it from me til next year, time to sit back and enjoy this issue.

Til next time…

 

p.s. This is a great time to start thinking about your goals and aspirations for your career in 2012!

 

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Building an Author Platform
 

© Paul Callaghan - All Rights Reserved

 

It seems that almost every blog, writing course and marketing strategy for authors I have come across lately wants to talk about platform. So what is an author’s platform? How do you build one and what can it do for you?

· What is an Author’s Platform?

Basically, your platform is the number of people who are interested in your work and either already are, or are likely to become customers. It’s important to remember that last part. Customers. Your mum is probably interested in your work but you need to sell, and most of us owe too much to mum to even think of charging her.

If you are looking to go the traditional route for publishing it is likely that your agent or publisher will expect you to develop a platform before you get a contract. If you are self-publishing then you really need to establish that will be a market for your work before you put in all the effort.

· How do you Build Your Platform?

There are probably as many ways to build a platform as there are authors or books. If you have published before, then those buyers are obviously prime targets for selling to again. But what about those authors just starting out? How do you build your platform from scratch?

In a word, it comes down to marketing. Get yourself out on the social media networks, forums for your niche and blog your little heart out. Article marketing is not dead yet despite what some of the doomsayers believe. Offline, connect with local groups or write for local newspapers and newsletters. Take an interest in people in your target market and interact with them.

Make sure that you always present your best quality work. There’s a common saying on the internet that ‘content is king’. I think it’s more important to remember that ‘quality content is king’.

Don’t be one of those writers who turn everything into a sales opportunity, though. Sometimes – OK most of the time- you have to give away a little for free before your customer moves from potential to actual. That may be something like a free report or an ebook or just as simple as a comment on someone else’s blog. I have picked up followers and friends simply by retweeting a message or liking a page too. And some of those followers become customers.

One of the key factors for marketing anything is timing. You can’t generally predict when a prospect is going to make the decision to become a customer. What you can do is promote a feeling oaf respect for you and your work. If you come across as a reliable expert or at least someone who cares, there is a good chance that you will come to mind when that purchasing decision is made.

 

Read the entire article here

 

How to Revise Your Novel

Did you grab Holly Lisle's new download How to Revise Your Novel(Lite)?  It's still $5 and it's still the bargain of the year. Holly has advised she may be pulling it down soon (due to some issues with PayPal), so if you want it, go there now otherwise you may miss out. (I still don't know how long it will be available.)
 

Your Book Video-A Test Run
(Part II of Video series)


©Dawn Carrington - All Rights Reserved

 

Now that your video has been created to your satisfaction, you’re ready to start your one-month test run. There are actually two parts to this process. The first is generating buzz. The second is generating sales from the buzz. This article will focus on buzzing your video.

Before you do anything with your video, check your website or blog stats. You want to notate how many hits you’ve already received that week or that month because this information is going to come in handy.

Now, upload your video to YouTube (you’ll need an account which is free), Facebook (I’m sure by now you have a Fan page, right?), your website, your blog, and at least two other video sites such as Vimeo and Daily Motion. You’ll also want to post it to place you frequent such as My Space. Please make a note of when you posted the video.

When you do upload the video, you’ll be using tags to help people find it in the sea of other book videos. Please don’t just put the title of your book and your name. This is a shot for people to find your book video amidst thousands, so you’re going to have to make yours easy to find. You’re going to want to think of anything and everything associated with your book, including the genre, the storyline, information about yourself, your publisher, and where your book is available for sale as well as titles of your other books.

Now that you’ve uploaded the video, prepare an announcement that will really entice readers/viewers to take a look. Don’t just say “come take a look” because that’s not inviting enough. Give them a reason to view it, and post it on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, and other places across the webs to which you normally post. Word of caution: If you don’t ordinarily post to a group, don’t join just to make your announcement. You’ll only create ill will.

You don’t want this to just be a “buy my book” promo. You want to get people interested in the story and in you as an author. That’s what is going to help create a buzz. So think creatively. Why should people watch your video? (The next paragraph will give you an idea!)

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