Years ago I was reading an issue of Writer’s Digest and came across this topic. I can’t remember the author of the article but at the end of it was her Twitter handle. I decided to follow her in hopes of learning more. Since then I have expanded my brand through Facebook, Twitter, Goggle+, Linkedin and a website just to name a few.
It takes time to cultivate one’s brand but it is, in my opinion, vital to each author out there. I mean after all, once you are done writing your book and the revisions and edits are all done, then what? No matter how you choose to publish how will you basically shout to the world about your book? Apart from friends and family how else can you let people know about it?
I started on my brand the minute the first draft of my first book, “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure”, was done. I didn’t wait until it was completely done, I didn’t wait until all the T’s were crossed and the I’s dotted. In fact when I started sending out query letters a good portion of the publishers wanted to know where I was online. Thankfully I was able to provide that information.
Like I mentioned it will take some time in the beginning, but start somewhere, anywhere, and grow from there. You don’t have to be all over the place for that will exhaust you and the sites that do work for you will not be fully run due to you trying to do it all. That was how I learned my lesson trying to be everywhere and not thinking that I was not giving each site enough love and attention it needed.
In due time it will get easier to update the sites to go and make a post or send out a relevant tweet to your followers. But, everyone, do start somewhere no matter how small no matter where just start. You want your book to shine. It deserves to shine.
In my county there are a few times during the year that they hold what they call Author Showcases. It is designed for authors in the area to meet for the public to interact with. Sometimes they are successful while others not so much. I been doing these for a few years now and while inside I am full of butterflies once it starts it is just a lot of fun. The last one we had the show was moved to a Sunday afternoon. To help it be more successful we had a thunderstorm along with lightning and thunder to accompany us.
Upon arriving the crew that showed up only filled up a bit of the room. What I liked however was how I knew about 80 percent of the authors there. So while the day was not very successful I was able to hang out with authors and friends at the same time. Plus I made some new friends to boot. This is always a win for me.
What was funny was how my friend Joanna who was a table next to me said how every time she turned around to talk there was something sitting down talking to me. For an introvert such as myself I had to chuckle. Maybe I should have done like Lucy and charge 5 cents for each visitor. 🙂 Another plus was how authors gave me free books with no strings attached. I will definitely read and review as my way of saying thank you, even though they didn’t ask me for anything.
All and all the three house went by super fast. In a few months we will be doing another one and the venue will be bigger so I won’t get a chance like this one to mingle and talk to the other people. In a way I am glad it happened the way it did. I made new contacts, saw different and unique ways to set up one’s table and learned about options to expand my brand. The outcome was just as fun.
Do you ever take a break from writing or is it with you constantly? I ask for one simple reason. My friend Adrianne said that I am always looking at objects, people and so on for possible story ideas. The funny thing is I had not noticed I did that until she brought it up. I so do this.
One member of one of my writing group made this statement. “I only have this idea the book I am working on.” That floored me and honestly the whole group. I personally have a few notebooks with pages and pages of ideas, summaries or plot scenes for potential novels. If I stopped adding ideas to this book and finished each one I would have to live another 100-200 years. And yet I add more ideas. It’s insane that I do this.
With me being a photographer as well I am always looking for “the shot” to capture so between these two fields it’ not surprising that my brain goes into this mode.
Is this something you do? Or do you work on one project, finish it and move on to another? Do you work on more than one project at a time? I know I do. Do you have ideas for multiple genres or primarily the one you work in? It keeps the mind active and ongoing which helps as we get older.
Maybe I need to write one of those prompt books that we see and use my ideas for that. Maybe someone could work on the idea further then I have. Nay. I just need to live for a very long time. 🙂