Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day… Planning Your Splash onto the Scene
It’s hard to believe that my journey to publishing began in September of 2010. It was the April prior to that when I put fingers to the keyboard and created the world of the Brethren by writing Trinity and then Relic. Five books later, and I can tell you, it’s been a wonderful blur and a skyrocketing learning curve. Today, I thought I’d share with you a couple of simple ideas that are actually crucial to your big splash as a newly published author.
Simple Idea #1
CLAIM YOUR REAL ESTATE
As soon as you have the slightest inkling that you want to take your writing hobby to the next level (putting it out there for others to read), get yourself a dot com! I’ve heard so many stories from author friends, who after getting their first sale, went to create their website only to find their top choice of names had been taken by someone else!
Then, start acquiring your real estate. Get a facebook page, twitter account, google account, etc. You’re not gonna know exactly what to do with all of these social media outlets right away, unless you’re already there. But don’t worry. It’s BEFORE you’re published that is the best time to play around with everything. Play around with a blog. Get a feel for your own unique style and voice. What do you want your site to look like? What do you want to offer on it? It’s scary, but believe me, there will be someone who will read your very first blog post. Link your blog to facebook and twitter so that people see your posts instantly. Post funny comments and comment on other’s posts. Go comment on other people’s blogs, too. That’s right. Blog surf! Offer your real estate (your blog) to newly published authors to promote themselves. They’ll likely return the favor when you become a newbie, too.
Now that you have all of your stuff in place, go after more. Get into email loops that focus on your genre of writing, or a group blog or two that you only have to post on a scheduled day. Get your name out there. EVEN BEFORE YOU’RE PUBLISHED.
Simple Idea #2
GROW YOUR TRIBE
Your tribe is your fan base. They are loyal followers who will promote you even when you’re sleeping. You mean you can have fans BEFORE you’re even published?! YES, YOU CAN! I blogged every day when I first started writing. People came, they commented, they subscribed. Then, when I got my first contract and began editing my manuscript, I started talking about it on my blog. I offered sneak peeks, a snippet here and there, teasers and tantalizers, on facebook and it drew a crowd. By the time TRINITY was published, I had people anticipating its release and then pre-ordering! Now, those very same people, and more, eagerly awaited Relic’s release.
Enlist your tribe to gather more members. Be creative. The sky’s the limit when pondering how to grow your tribe. What may work for one may not work for another. You just have to be willing to think outside the box and jump in with both feet.
And finally, reward your tribe members! They do so much for you, you must reciprocate. It doesn’t have to break your bank. It can be a small token of your appreciation. Maybe a special piece of writing meant only for them… But let them know how important they are and how much you care.
Good luck to you on your journey to publication! If you’re interested in seeing the fruits of my labors, you can find me here:
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