7 Ways To Build a Platform Through Your Online Community

I wrote a bit about platform last week. It’s not the end of the world for fiction writers if you don’t have one. (What is platform? Let Jane Friedman tell you.) However, it’s great if you do by the time your book is on the market. Not necessarily at the time of querying your book,Continue reading “7 Ways To Build a Platform Through Your Online Community”

6 Tips for Author Self Promotion You Can Start Today

Self promotion has a sense of over-confidence about it. Only people who think super highly of themselves can promote themselves unabashedly, right? Wrong. Self promotion has two sides to it: you and people who receive it. If you build a community online (whether it’s social media, a blog, or a website) self promotion is how toContinue reading “6 Tips for Author Self Promotion You Can Start Today”

Yes, Agents Google Writers

You don’t query in a vacuum. If you write a query letter and an agent is intrigued (congratulations!) the next thing an agent does is Google you or click on the links in your signature to see where it takes us. A writer’s virtual footprint is their resume at that point. Here are my ‘online guidelines’ forContinue reading “Yes, Agents Google Writers”

6 Ways Social Media Doesn’t Help You Get Published

Does social media help or hinder the creative process? So many writers are on Twitter and Facebook chatting with other people in the same position. Everything from sharing common experiences, information about who to query, and joining critique groups are part of the wonderful things social media can offer. There are a number of thingsContinue reading “6 Ways Social Media Doesn’t Help You Get Published”