Wisdom sharing time, team!
A colleague of mine, Mara Purl, and I are putting on an AUTHOR PLATFORM workshop at the InD’Scribe Conference. We’ve got a good handle on the talking points and I’ve developed a handout for attendees that encourages them to write down their ideas as we talk. We’ll have a wide range of experience in our audience…some of them in the biz as long as you have been. We could use some tidbits from you!
We think the four ‘legs’ supporting an author platform are: GENRE, BRAND, GOAL, PASSION. The Hope: If an author can clarify for herself what she writes and can consistently articulate those premises to readers, she’ll find her niche…increase her readership.
Mara and I consider this a dynamic process. (Notice the table-top in my picture is quite worn :-) For example, my genre of choice these days is contemporary mystery with romantic elements. (Used to be contemporary romantic suspense). By examining my reviews and re-reading my own books objectively, listening to my editor’s comments along with my beta readers', I’ve see themes/patterns in my books I didn’t know where there. As a result, I redesigned my website and aligned with new authors who were 'like me.' The path to pinpointing genre, brand, goal, and passion is quite a journey of self-discovery.
My questions for you…any one of these five or all:
1. How much has your genre/brand changed over the years you’ve published?
2. What do you wish you’d known about these concepts early in your publishing career?
3. What’s your next step in polishing your author platform?
4. What’s a author platform strategy that's worked for you?
5. Critique all the above according to your experience.
Thanks for your ideas, team. I’ll be sure to give you feedback about what I learned from InD’Scribe workshops I attend (at InD’Scribe Oct. 4-7)! Stay tuned for my blog entry on October 10. Cross your fingers for me, too. BAD LIES is up for a Rone Award in the suspense/thriller category...at the conference. Hope springs eternally!
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