Monday, January 5, 2015

How to Start an Author Platform #writingtips

How does one start building their author platform? This is one of the most important steps an up-and-coming author can make in their career. 

I suggest starting work on your author platform before you even get published. 

Why? Well, many agents and publishers appreciate an author that has already started the hard work of getting their name out there.

But where does one begin? All of this can sound like a foreign language, but it is really quite easy, and fun!

Here are a few tips to get you started:

•Start a Facebook author fan page 

•Start a Twitter account and become an active user (tweeting, retweeting, and sharing your posts and interesting posts about your craft)

•Start a blog

Let's take a moment to talk about this. An author that I'm mentoring asked, "What would I blog about?"

Well, let me tell you a story.

My first book, "The Chronicles of Koa," started out as a web series on my blog. I wrote a chapter each week, and promoted my posts on Facebook and Twitter. After each post I had a surge of overwhelming interest in the series. Friends and strangers from all over were commenting and looking forward to the next installment.

Next thing you know, I had enough content to complete a book and it is now a bestseller around the world. Use your blog to display what you love: writing, book reviews, poetry, etc.

Blogs are important, and fun! Use them to your advantage and to gain notiriety in the writing community. Another great use of your blog is to post guest articles and blog tours.

Now, back to our list.

•Become an Ezine expert by writing articles on what you know (writing, art, crafts, movies, etc)
•Create a YouTube Channel where you can video blog about your experiences as a writer, what drives you, and what obstacles you have encountered.
•Start a Pinterest account and share your blog posts there
•Get on Google Plus and share your  Facebook fan page and blog posts.

All right. That sounds like enough to get you started! Enjoy this time, and remember that what you do from here on will be out there for the public to scrutinize, so make every post represent you in a positive light.

K.N. Lee