Quick Tips For Building A Writer Platform

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101 Quick Actions You Can Take Today to Build the Writer Platform of Your Dreams

What does it really take to build a writer or author platform?

Money?

Connections?

An intimate knowledge of vampires, wizardry or erotic romance?

Actually, the most important aspect  to building an author platform is understanding that it’s about engagement; about connecting and interacting with people who are aligned with your message and affected by your story.

Your platform is a web of intertwined beliefs, values, emotions, thoughts, stories, images and ideas that stem from your own core philosophy and are ultimately shared by your fans.

The tricky part is finding ways to effectively share your message with an audience that is yet unknown to you, and you to them.  Read more here.

Author Exposed: Gina LoBiondo

Please welcome author Gina LoBiondo! She has stopped by to share her wonderful story and some writing tips.

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TNW: How long have you been writing?

GL: 38 years, 9 months. I started on 28th October, 1973 when I was 13.

TNW: Have you always written for children?

GL: No, I’ve written in all different genres including science fiction, biographies, poetry, etc.

TNW: What drives and motivates your writing?

GL: It starts with a good story idea and a strong desire to put it on paper. 

TNW: Do you feel it’s important for writers to use social media? How?

GLI, personally, have 2 Facebook pages, one for my PEGASUS book and the other for my company Nephthys Publications. I’m also on Twitter (though not as much) and now LinkedIn. Oh, yeah, and Google +! I think it is important for writers to use social media because I’ve met and connected with other writers through the groups I’m in and we all share ideas for promoting our works. This is a valuable tool for any writer.

TNW: Who are some of your favorite authors and why?

GL: Sarah Baker (a friend and fellow silent film lover), Ann Crispin (sci-fi author and friend for many years), Robin McKinley (brilliant fantasy writer), Ann Rice, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury (great imagination), Anne McCaffrey, Barbara Hambly, Wendy Pini, Susan Kay (brilliant fiction writer), J. K. Rowling, William Shatner (brilliant author and a great sense of humour), Frank Herbert (loved the DUNE books), Arthur C. Clark, Frederick Forsyth (loved THE PHANTOM OF MANHATTAN), Robert K. Klepper (dear friend and fellow silent film lover), Eve Golden, Connie Billips (friend and fellow silent film lover), Arthur Pierce and Lloyd Alexander (dear, dear friend and fellow children’s book writer).

TNW: What writing books would you recommend to new writers?

GL: I don’t know as I’ve never read them. I just happened to start on my own and read voraciously to learn my craft.

TNW: What advice do you have for new writers?

GL: Keep writing and don’t stop! Never give up!

TNW: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

GL: Being a successful author/publisher…and maybe being as rich as J.K. Rowling and living in the South of France! LOL!

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with us Gina.  To learn more about Gina please stop by Kristi’s Book Nook, where you can participate in a book giveaway of “Pegasus.”

Check out her personal website at www.ginalobiondo.com as well as the illustrator’s site at www.stephaniezuppo.com.

Book Reviewer Stacie Theis

Writers often wonder where they should go to get their books reviewed. I personally love to review books that are informational to writers as well as books that are fun to read by authors who reach out to me. I recently started following Stacie Theis at Beach Bound Books. Stacie has a passion for reading and is intrigued by the authors who write books. I wanted to share Stacie’s story here and introduce you to someone who loves promoting authors and reviewing books. Help me welcome Stacie Theis!

TNW: Stacie, please introduce yourself to everyone.

ST: My name is Stacie Theis. I am the mother of 4 and live with my husband and 3 youngest children in San Diego, CA. I am the Volunteer Coordinator for the art program at my youngest daughter’s school and recently started my author interview and book review website http://www.beachboundbooks.com.

TNW: How did you get started reviewing books?

ST: I was contacted by Lynette Hoy of Firetalker PR. She asked if I would review one of her client’s new books and interview him for the blog I had at the time. Her request gave me the idea to create a website and seek out authors to interview. Several of the authors I contacted also requested a review of their book(s) so http://www.beachboundbooks.com was born.

TNW: Do you have a genre preference? If so why/why not?

ST: I do not have a genre preference, although most of the people who have contacted me are children’s authors.

TNW: Are you are writer? If so, published/genre, etc.

ST: I have written two children’s book, but at the present time they remain unpublished.

TNW: What can authors expect when they visit your site?

ST: My site has numerous author interview pages as well as book recommendations. My book review page “Blogging About Books” is also on the same site. Authors may fill out a request form (located on the Home page) for an author interview, book review or both.

TNW: How do you promote yourself/blog/website?

ST: Currently, I promote my website and blog through social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, as well as several author groups also on LinkedIn.

TNW: Is there anything specific authors should know before they request a review?

ST: I prefer to do interviews via email as it has proven to be easiest. Authors are given the opportunity to answer at their own convenience and more able to think through the questions than having to answer on the spot.

TNW: Will you except ebooks?

ST: Yes, I accept eBooks, PDF files and traditional books.

TNW: How much time does it take to review a book?

ST: Typically, a review takes 3-5 days, but may take longer depending on the length of the book.

TNW: How else can authors connect with you?

ST: Authors can contact me through my website www.beachboundbooks.com, via email at beachboundbooks@yahoo.com, on Twitter (@beachboundbook) and on Facebook by searching ‘beachboundbooks.’

Thanks so much for taking the time to share information with us Stacie. I look forward to sharing your tweets and more about you.

It’s Free: Why Not Use It?

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Utilizing social media tools is extremely important for anyone who is looking to network and connect with others. The great thing about using social media tools is that most of them are free. When we look at the most popular social media tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, Blogger or WordPress, we find that they are popular because they are free but also because they are easy to navigate and establish a profile.

There are so many tools that can be used to network and find others who have similar interest, but where do you begin to find them? And how do you know which ones are free and which ones cost? I recently found a site that tracks all of the great social media tools that are out there, Social Media Examiner. This site has case studies, how-to, research and videos on all things social media. You can sign up for their newsletter and keep up with current trends.

Check out these popular posts from their site!

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/top-5-twitter-tools-for-social-media-community-managers/

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/top-10-small-business-facebook-pages-2011-winners/

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/34-google-resources-for-your-business-advice-from-the-pros/

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/12-social-media-tools-recommended-by-the-pros/

It takes time to build an online platform. There is a lot of help out there and the Social Media Examiner is just one way to help you get started and keep up. Have fun building your online presence, especially if you are getting all the tools you’ll need for free.

The Skinny On Networking

 

 

 

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Title: The Skinny On

Networking:Maximizing the Power of Numbers

Author: Jim Randel

Illustrator: Lindy Nass/Rebecca Kunzmann

Paperback: 245 pages
Publisher: Rand Media Company
ISBN: 978-0-98444418-1-5


Review:

Are you planning to write a book, start a business or have information that needs to be shared among the masses? If so, do you know how to network? Have you thought about how to introduce yourself to others? If not, then it’s time you learned how.

Randel has created a simple way to introduce anyone into the world of networking. Readers will learn how to lower interpersonal barriers. Get access to people who can help you. Start small and within your inner circle. Randel gives plenty of insight on social media and how to reach out and communicate.

If you are shy to start Randel will teach you how to get out of your comfort zone by getting to know someone and then making notes about what you’ve learned. Readers will learn how far to go with the networking you are doing. Read about how your favorite celebrities achieved their goals by networking. Learning to network is a slow process. Randel will teach you how to pace yourself and helpful tips are listed for quick and easy reference.