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?



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.

Skype an Author Network

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If you are an author whose target audience is kids, have you considered using Skype? Writers most often are on a budget. An inexpensive way to visit a school to share your latest project is by utilizing Skype. I stumbled across a site that offers lots of help.

Skype an Author Network

We are hosting authors of children and young adult (YA) publications.
Authors, we welcome your input and participation in creating what promises to be an exciting way to bring books to life for our students. A Skype visit is an excellent first meeting with authors who are invited to schools to make in-person presentations. Authors are listed in alphabetical order in the navigation list on the left.

Our goal is to set up a network of authors who are willing to participate in Skype conversations with students in classrooms and libraries. This wiki provides a page for each author who joins the network. Our author template ensures consistency of content and keeps things simple for authors, teachers, and librarians. The author pages provide procedural and contact information. Take a look at other authors’ pages as an example.

Arrangements for Skype visits are initiated via email and/or phone between the author and the teacher and/or librarian.

Authors offer two types of visits:

  • No Charge – Meet the Author Visits – 10 to 15 minutes
  • In-Depth Visits – Time and fee determined by each author 

To learn more go here.

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


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.




What’s Cooking At Google: What’s The Hot Pot?


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Are you a foodie? If you love to write about food whether it be cook books or restaurant reviews then you could very well be a foodie. If you love writing reviews about your favorite restaurants local or not you will love Google’s Hot Pot.

The “Hot Pot” is Google’s version of social networking. Of course, it’s nothing like Facebook or Twitter but it is a social network for people wanting to hear your thoughts on what you liked about a restaurant. If you have a Google account then you already have a profile established. Now all you have to do is pick your favorite restaurant and write a review. It’s just another way to get your name out there in the world. Invite your friends and family to share their reviews too. Don’t forget to have some fun with it.

So, now I know you’re a foodie. What’s your favorite place to eat?