Sometimes, you get to a point when a hobby is really not a hobby anymore. You get to a point where you have to take yourself seriously if you want others to take you seriously. You get to a point where the work you put into something should be recognized, appreciated, rewarded. I’m at this point again in my life with writing; I’m not just writing for fun or a few dollars here and there. I’m a published author, and I want to connect more with readers. This has essentially become a career.
After I was spotted in the grocery store by local paparazzi, I realized I needed a strong author platform… I’m kidding. I’ve been thinking about this for a while (I’m a definite planner), years maybe. And even if I hadn’t been thinking about it, every professional piece of advice I’ve read on marketing a book says that you need a strong author platform. I’ve slowly started building my social media and internet presence as much as I can for next to no money, but just like with anything else, investing money and time is the the only way something good can become great. Or something unseen can be discovered.
So today, I’ve transitioned my writing blog to a fully customized website. This is the second major step I’ve made into my writing career, the first being buying some ISBN numbers. My author platform is almost complete. Now for what to write. . .
If you’re an author and you don’t know what an author platform is or can do for you, do an internet search on Author Platform; you’ll find a lot of resources. I’ve found some helpful ones at IngramSpark, Publisher’s Weekly, and Writer’s Digest. Author platforms are a must if you want people outside of your immediate circle to read your writing.
Things I’ve Learned:
I’m still planning and learning a lot about how to market my books and myself (author platform). But I can’t be successful if I don’t put any actions behind my plans. Hence, this new website. Welcome.