Each Sunday, I will endeavour to provide you with a curated list of the best articles I have seen throughout the week that relate to building your platform.
The featured articles cover topics on book marketing and promotion, blogging, social media and self-publishing. (I may even throw in a few inspirational and fun posts, just so that it’s not all work and no play!)
This week, consider looking at the ‘failures’ you’ve experienced in your writing career from a different perspective:
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
~ Michael Jordan
How Do You Keep Your Book Sales Momentum Going Over the Months and Years? by Lindsay Buroker at LindsayBuoker.com.
In this article, Lindsay outlines three of her strategies for fighting waning book marketing enthusiasm over the life of an ebook, and how not to fall off the radar.
How to Market a Book and Strengthen Your Author Platform with Goodreads by Kimberley Grabas at Your Writer Platform.
In this article I guide you down the path to author nirvana by helping you get the most out of the Goodreads Author Program.
The Hard Parts by Seth Godin at Seth Godin’s Blog.
Seth reminds us that creating something of value requires us to do the difficult work. Get noticed by taking on the hard parts.
The Book Marketing Strategy Every Author Must Implement by Robert Smith at Author Media.
In this article, Robert discusses why doing this one thing can increase your book sales, readership and engagement–and get your book into the hands of your readers.
How Twitter Hashtags Help Authors Find Readers by Frances Caballo at The Book Designer.
This woman deserves a hug! In this article, Frances provides a list of commonly used hashtags for writers, as well as the context in which they should be used. Yay!
The Most Efficient Way to Write Your Book and Build Blog Readership (At the Same Time) by Nina Amir at Write to Done.
Nina has a simple answer for writers who say they don’t have time to write their book (they’re busy blogging) and writers who say they don’t have time to blog (they’re busy writing): blog your book.
The Benefits of Having an Agent by Rachelle Gardner at RachelleGardner.com.
A back to basics post on the benefits of having an agent, if the right one can enhance your writing career and whether or not you actually need one in today’s market.
Post #2500! 25 Best Blog Practices That’ll Rock Your Blog by Mary DeMuth at MaryDeMuth.com.
What?! 2500 posts? Don’t I feel lazy! After 9 years of blogging, Mary shares some excellent advice on how to give your blog a boost.
Discover Your Author’s Brand by Philip Martin at Blue Zoo Writers.
Philip has a very interesting take on how to conceptualize your author brand–how to “identify it, strengthen and refine it.”
Six Essential Tips for Getting Your Guest Posts Accepted by Ali Luke at Write to Done.
Ali outlines the steps required to become successful at guest posting, which can pay huge dividends in the form of increased traffic to your blog and getting your writing in front of an interested audience.
3 SEO Myths That Scare Writers (And How You Can Use Them to Your Advantage by Alexis Grant at My Name is Not Bob (RobertLeeBrewer.blogspot.ca)
A useful post dispelling some of the misunderstandings writers have regarding SEO, and how to best incorporate it into their online writing going forward.
Don’t Let Negative Feedback Stop You – 5 Helpful Tips by Brian Hutchinson at Positive Writer.
In his post, Brian gives us some tips on getting helpful feedback from the right people; and reminds us to keep moving forward.
How Fiction Authors Can Steal Marketing Ideas from Their Non-Fiction Friends by Toni (the geek) at Duolit Self Publishing Team.
Toni shares some brilliant marketing ideas for fiction writers, by ‘borrowing’ some tips and tricks from non-fiction marketers. Clever!
52 Totally Free Resources for Freelance Bloggers by Sophie Lizard at Be a Freelance Blogger.
Just change ‘Bloggers’ to ‘Writers’ and you’ve got a smok’n list of resources that are just as applicable to the business of writing.
Just For Fun
Why the Ellipsis Deserves to Die by Meg Kirsic at Word Cafe.
Umm… I think Meg wrote this post specifically for me… 🙂
This would be my dream library–if it came with someone who dusted occaisionally!
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