5 Things You Should Be Doing As A New Author

While you’re writing your fantastic bestselling novel, there are some things you should be doing to make your writing better

Have you started writing your first book? Are you thinking about writing a book? Well, hot damn. That’s fantastic. Start writing. Plain and simple. While you’re writing your fantastic bestselling novel, there are some things you should be doing to make your writing better and hopefully; help you land an agent or set yourself up for a successful self-publishing career.

1. SOCIAL MEDIA, BLOGS, AND WEBSITES

I can hear the wails now. ‘Why do I have to get on social media? I just want to write a book, not a blog. What the hell, I have to build a website?’ Yes, eventually you must do these things. Nowadays, agents and publishers look at what new authors can bring to the table. Gone are the days of publishers building the author’s brand. You’re responsible for your author brand. Don’t wait until your book is complete to start building your author platform. You’re not building your platform/brand to sell books. You want to build relationships. This will translate into a much more successful long term career. By starting this now, when your book is complete, you’ll have people you’ve developed a relationship with who will be invested in you and will hopefully buy your book.So, what social media should you be using? Start with Twitter. Read How to promote your book on Twitter with Shout my book. Follow authors you like. Follow agents that represent authors who write in your genre. Engage with people, retweet others content. Don’t make it about you. Remember you want to use social media to build relationships. Don’t tweet about me, me, me. People do not want to hear all about you.Pinterest—As you get closer to releasing your book, either by traditional publishing or self-publishing, this can be a great marketing tool. Facebook—Read up on Facebook for authors. When you have decided where you want your writing to go, then you’ll have a better idea of how to approach Facebook.  Instagram—I’m just now learning about Instagram and using it for my author branding. You can also use free twitter book promotion services of Shout my book.

Blogs—As for a blog; you don’t have to start one now. However, you should consider starting one soon. Jane Friedman’s—How to Start Blogging: A Definitive Guide for Authors will explain why blogging is important for authors. Blogging not only gets you out there, put it helps people connect with you. You can gear your blog to whatever you want. I set mine up to help new authors. I try to relay information that will help with their writing, save them time, headaches, and money. If you don’t feel comfortable starting your blog, find places like Being Author and submit a guest blog post to them. All these things will help build your author platform/brand.

WEBSITES: You do not need a website of your own to start this endeavor. Wait until you have decided where you want to take your writing. Ultimately, if you decide you want to have your books published you should have an author website. You can combine this with your blog. Almost all the providers allow for a minimal free website. You can play around with them and see what you like best. Joanna Penn has a great article on author websites.

My only advice, pay attention to what you put out there. Everything you do on social media will reflect on your author brand. Don’t get into arguments on any social media platform. You will never win, and it will remain out there forever.

2. JOIN A WRITING GROUP

Not only will you meet other authors, but you’ll also have a built-in support system. In my writing group, each month, we critique someone’s writing. You submit a few pages and then everyone tells you what they liked, didn’t like, where they think you can improve. I found myself stuck in a chapter and emailed it to someone in the group, the immediate feedback and help were fantastic. I found my group on Meetup.

3. GO TO WRITING CONFERENCES

You don’t have to go the most expensive conference on the other side of the planet. Check out your area. In Oklahoma City, we have small writing conferences all over the place. I attend the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc (OWFI) conference yearly. These conferences have industry leaders, agents, publishers, and editors there and they are accessible. At the last conference, I met three editors. I asked each of them if they would review three chapters of my book and give me some idea of where I was at as a writer and what kind of editor would benefit me in the future. Each did it for free. Each did three different chapters.

Hand in hand with conferences is joining a writer’s group like OWFI. There is the Romance Writers of America or the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. There is probably a writers group for every genre. These groups run contests, hold conferences and online workshops. It is usually very little to join and the benefits far out way that minimal cost.

4. Read

Yes, Read. Read books by authors who write in your genre. Read other genres. Read the bestselling authors and see how they do it. Follow them on your social media outlets. Connect with them, see what they’re reading. Find blog posts about writing. I read a lot that Jane Friedman posts. Frances Caballo’s website has great posts daily. You don’t have to read just books. Read about the writing process and ways to make you a better writer.

5. Write Regularly:

Sounds too easy huh? If you’re serious about writing a novel, you’re going to need to set aside daily writing times. If not daily, because shit happens, you should be writing several times a week. I don’t care if you write standing, sitting at a desk, or sitting in a recliner (that’s me) just write. If you have kids like I do, write when they’re at school and late at night. If you work, figure out a daily time to sit down and write. Then don’t do anything else for that hour or however long you’ve blocked out. Don’t get on your social media, don’t answer emails or pin stuff on Pinterest. When you sit down to write, write. DO NOTHING ELSE.Don’t get bogged down in the little stuff. It’s not rocket science; but if you want to be a serious author/writer, you’re going to have to put in the time and effort. It’s very rewarding and very demanding at the same time.It all starts in one place, though, writing. NOW GO WRITE.

 

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Get 10,000+ Twitter Followers – Easily, Quickly, Ethically

Target your way into millions of minds, hearts, and pocketbooks!

What does anyone with a product or service to promote need? A way into millions of minds, hearts, and pocketbooks.

What did the 2016 U.S. presidential election teach us? That Twitter is the way into millions of minds, hearts, and pocketbooks.

Do you not “get” Twitter, but know you must? Besides being the No. 1 place to promote your product or service, Twitter has become the de facto news source today.

In this book you will discover, written in plain, easy-to-grasp language:

• The 3 easy keys to interpreting any tweet—with lots of screenshots

• The 5-to-10-minute-a-day program guaranteed to grow your flock of followers, with step-by-step directions and screenshots for even the most trepidatious tweeter

• How to get onto Twitter if you’re not already there

• How to relax and laugh even (!) as you deal with Twitter • How simple it is to Get 10,000+ Twitter Followers—Easily, Quickly, Ethically!

“Get 10,000+ Twitter Followers—Easily, Quickly, Ethically is one of the best books on building a Twitter audience that I have ever read. An award-winning author and admitted technophobe, Cathy Turney has been there and done that when it comes to Twitter success (after starting from scratch) and she shares her game plan fully, with many illustrations to make it easy. I’ll be recommending this must-have guide to our clients for years to come.”

–Rusty Shelton, best-selling author of Mastering the New Media Landscape (with Barbara Cave Henricks), sought-after marketing speaker, and founder of the award-winning marketing agency Shelton Interactive

“More of my business comes from Twitter than from any other platform.”

—FRANCES CABALLO, social media strategist, manager, and author of Social Media Just for Writers

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Guide to Promoting Your Social Media Accounts

You just need to determine the best social networks that will help you to promote your blogs successfully.

It’s not easy to spend time researching and making an effective content. The days that you have spent for that must be well-paid off. Thus, making a lot of people notice your content is the best way to suffice your effort. Social media has been a great help to promote any kind of business. You can always expect people to check your promotion since social media never run out users. If you have already got your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or any account, then you’re on the right track.

The Best Social Networks for Promoting Your Blog

It is not difficult to find a social network where you can promote your content since there are tons of social networking sites that have already existed for you. You just need to determine the best social networks that will help you to promote your blogs successfully. Here are some tips one how to settle with the best social networks for your blog promotion:

1. Know your target readers

This should be the first thing to consider. You need to identify your possible readers of your blogs. Know what social network they are into so that it will be easier for you to keep in touch with them and give them whatever updates you may have. So, if you expect your supporters as young, then you may choose to promote on Instagram or Facebook. Instagram users are fond of creative photos while Facebook ones are fond of videos, posts, etc. Your blog promotion will be successful if you find its real readers.

2. Know the traffic potential of your target social networks

After you have tracked your readers, then the social networks that they’re using should be your next objective. You gotta find out how strong is the traffic potential in each social network. You’ll only be able to do the analysis once you start getting traffic from those social networks. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn are some social networks that you may try.

When to Promote Your Content on Social Media

It is advisable that you promote your content on your social media on the same day that you publish it. After that, you must promote it again the day after and the week later. There should be a constant sharing of your content if you really want to make it popular. It’s social media so that you should not worry about sharing the same thing again and again.

Where to Promote Your Content On Social Media

Again, there are lots of social networks for you to promote your content. You may choose Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or a little bit more formal ones like Google+ or LinkedIn.

You just need to base it on your followers or readers.

How to Promote Your Content on Social Media

It is undeniable that social media participation sometimes requires creativity, especially if you want to be known. Thus, showing your creativity for your blog promotion is a must for you. Posting creative photos on Instagram or Facebook is a great help. The users of those social media are attracted to very creative visuals. Of course, you’re not just going to show your creativity on visuals but also by your explanation, catchy words, and other factors.

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About the Author: Alex Angeles is a content writer for BuyRealMarketing whose credibility is focused on social media marketing. With her prowess, she perceives what a business needs and equip her social media marketing skills integrating the Buy Real Marketing services.

Interacting With Authors On Twitter

Twitter is a great tool, not just for promoting your work, but also for communicating with other authors. It is the perfect way to put yourself out there.

Most, if not all, living authors use Twitter. Twitter is a great tool for reaching out and speaking with other authors as well as publishers. When an author-for example, Lois Lowry-sees an enthusiastic tweet tagging them and praising their amazing talent, they tend to respond. This is not to say, “go kiss up to famous authors,” (although that helps, too ), but rather to put yourself in the light. When an author tweets back to you, other followers and authors see it and that leads them to your work.

Let’s face it, JK Rowling isn’t going to see a single tweet that says, “hey girl! I love your work!” She gets that all the time. Use Twitter as if it is still your Microsoft word, Google docs, PDF, whatever! Say inspired things, tweet often, and tag other authors when it’s relevent. Rowling may not see your “hey girl” tweet, but she may just see a response to her already posted tweet if it is something that came from the heart. More than that, she may even respond or retweet, starting a possible conversation. I gained a lot of followers on my personal Twitter for a response to a tweet that I tweeted from the heart:

Twitter is a great tool to use to become known and recognised and very well may earn you some street cred. Of you’re looking to be recognised as an author, it’s probably best to do these things from your author page rather than your personal one like I did. Remember, people like JK Rowling have A LOT of tweets to skim through each day, if you want to be noticed, say something worth hearing. Also, images help because they’re noticable.

And remember, #usehashtags

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So you Call Yourself a Writer? Good!

Where to look, who to follow, which risks to take, and how to stay strong: a few tips for the freshly sprouted author.

I recently gave myself the title of Author. Well, Children’s Book Author and Daydreamer to be exact. I do a lot of daydreaming in between writing sessions. But when can you take the risk and call yourself a writer? The answer is now! You just have to take the first few steps. Hell, make them leaps because there’s no time for hanging around. So where to start?

Instagram. Twitter. Facebook. Youtube. Website. Start here. Get this platform up and running. I have subscribed to articles from Katie Davis. She is giving indispensable advice and helping writers to build their platform. Don’t underestimate it. You need it. If you book them, they will not come. They need to be enticed. Katie has an awesome book available called How to Write a Children’s Book. Get it! I also use Wix as my base. A super simple website building tool that will boost you like nitrous oxide.

I am still learning. Every day I am reading something new and trying to find my voice. But I am not stressed over it. It’s exciting. I am excited and you should be too. Write in various genres. Throw the ones that don’t feel good. You will quickly discover which you are hot for and which ones you want to give the cold shoulder.

Look out for courses such as those offered by Wappo. These are invaluable. I am currently taking one called Learn to Write Amazing Children’s Books. I’m taking it slow because inspiration is coming to me from all over the internet, but this course has kicked me into play from the off.

If you have some work that you are proud of: a short story, a novel, a poem – whatever it is, now is the time to start throwing it around. I used Kindle Direct Publishing to get my first piece of writing out there, and the responses have been positive. My family has been crazy supportive, so have friends. Maybe I am lucky, but I think you will be too. If you love the work you are doing chances are that someone else will.

Search for publishers that are working with genres you enjoy writing in and send your work to them. Don’t fear rejection. Embrace it. Use it as a tool to improve. Stay positive and don’t let anything or anyone stop you. Write every day. A good start is 1000 words. It isn’t too much and I know that you can smash through that goal. I told myself yesterday I will write 1000 words each day and I wrote 1500. There’s something about being challenged that forces you to do better than is expected.

It can feel scary when you are fresh on the scene: the new kid on the block. The competition is fierce, but I have found that the writing community is an embracing one. Follow people on Twitter that are writing in genres similar to you. They will share your posts, they will support your self-published work. Tweet, retweet, repeat!

A great way to practise your writing and to find your voice is to use writing prompts and enter competitions. Here are seven you can enter before the New Year, but keep a look out. Do some research. There’s a lot happening in 2017. And even if you don’t enter these competitions, you can use their guidelines and prompts to practise. I have enjoyed the Crimson Comp. The prompt is inspiring. Here are ten creative ways to practise your writing and if you are wondering how your finished book should look, here is a cool list of the parts of a book 

These are just a few ways that I have propelled myself into the world of writing. The articles and inspiring people have made a huge improvement in my confidence and ability to get the job done. I hope the same rings true for you. Last but no least – and in the words of Journey – don’t stop believin’. Write!