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15 Favorite Ways to Develop Your Author Platform

The term author platform is popping up all over the place, but what exactly is an author platform? Essentially, your platform is based on your expertise--a specific nonfiction topic about which you write or your genre and unique voice/style as a fiction author. Having a strong author platform is becoming increasing important in marketing your books or even landing a deal with a major publisher.

Here are my 15 favorite ways to develop your author platform:

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Added by Patrice-Anne Rutledge on April 25, 2007 at 2:04pm — 4 Comments

How do I contact Mommies?

Hello Everyone!

Sorry I haven't been more active on my blog. I just got out of the hospital (mental) after being struck by a 2X4 board (figuratively) in the middle of the forehead. You see, for years I have been marketing my books (on gymnastics and cheerleading) primarily to club owners and coaches.

Recently, the imaginary 2X4 described above, whacked me in the head and the realization struck me that my real market was the Mom's. What mother wouldn't pay $19.95 for a book that…

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Added by Rik Feeney on April 25, 2007 at 11:37am — No Comments

Book Excerpt and Jiri Kylian Ballet

Exquisite

Added by Adrienne Zurub on April 25, 2007 at 9:40am — No Comments

Reality: A Potent Brew of Spirit & Science

The Living Word of Kuan Yin: The Teachings & Prophecies of the Goddess of Compassion & Mercy, © 2006 Hope Bradford CHT & Lena Lees, ISBN# 1419646400, 376 pp.…
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Added by Hope Bradford CHT on April 25, 2007 at 9:09am — 2 Comments

HEllo!

Glad to be here. I joined this group to learn, network, and of course promote my forthcoming book,

'Notes From the MotherShip~Naked Invisibles'!

Please feel free to drop me a comment. I welcome your thoughts.

Adrienne Zurub…

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Added by Adrienne Zurub on April 22, 2007 at 9:21pm — No Comments

The Truth about Making Money on the Internet

The Internet can be one of the most effective ways to market a book (if you know what you are doing). Unfortunately, many authors don't know how to use the Internet to their advantage. I have been marketing on the Net for many years and make my living from doing so. I have written and developed a great resource that addresses a lot of the areas you need to know about to gain visibility, credibility and revenues from your Internet presence. To access go to…

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Added by Kathleen Gage on April 21, 2007 at 3:40pm — 1 Comment

Whale Song is an Amazon Bestseller

Four days after the launch of my controversial assisted suicide novel Whale Song, it made Amazon'ca's bestseller list. What a thrill! And I have been told that the first print run has nearly sold out. Then to top it all off, some major Hollywood film producers requested to see Whale Song and a package was sent out 2 weeks ago. I think that makes about half a dozen Hollywood film companies interested.

I am in 'mega marketing mode'…

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Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on April 21, 2007 at 9:10am — 3 Comments

Globeforum

Yesterday, Friday 20th, I visited the Globeforum in Stockholm. On a round table meeting "female entrepreneurs as role models" I was introduced as a role model!

I felt of course honoured but I wanted to tell the audience that I am not a good role model for anybody. I am always striving for something new, always trying to learn something, always having big goals and I sincerely believe I can make a difference in making this world a better place to live and to contribute to world…

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Added by Cristina Andersson on April 21, 2007 at 3:35am — No Comments

"Why Are Gas Prices So High?" -- Why I wrote it

In this entry, I want to explain some things about my book “Why Are Gas Prices So High?” – What it’s about, why I wrote it, and why you should read it.







“Why Are Gas Prices So High?”, William Bezanson: Victoria BC: Trafford Publishers, 2006. 171 pages, softcover.

Book website: http://www.trafford.com/05-3106.

Also available from http://www.amazon.com by searching on “Bezanson gas”.

Target readership: General, especially for people who care about the… Continue

Added by William Bezanson on April 20, 2007 at 10:33am — No Comments

Springtime in Salado, Texas

April 28, 2007

Texas Authors Speak

For authors who want to speak, and speakers who want to write...or…

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Added by Sandy Lawrence on April 18, 2007 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Book Marketing Blast-Off Seminar

Well, I'm taking off tomorrow morning (Thursday) for my 3-day Book Marketing Blast-Off Seminar in Marina del Rey, California (10 minutes from the LA airport). I'll be there in LA until Tuesday morning and be back in my Taos, New Mexico office on Wednesday.

For info about my seminars, see http://www.bookmarket.com/blastoff.htm.

Added by John Kremer on April 18, 2007 at 9:34pm — No Comments

FOR THOSE THINKING OF STARTING THEIR OWN PUBLISHING COMPANY

I got the following from Kim at "PageFree Publishing, Inc." at kdb@pagefreepublishing.com. "Here is the process we use: 1) We notify LSI that we need a new imprint name - this would be the imprint you designate. 2) We use the ISBN you furnish, and the LSI/Ingram converts it to 13-digit (all our are 10-digit since bought so many not long ago). 3) We make sure your book shows up using your ISBN and imprint name. 4) When/if you withdraw the book from… Continue

Added by T. R. Catanzarite on April 18, 2007 at 3:02pm — No Comments

If you can help or are just curious

Tomorrow, April 19th is my Amazon promo day. If you'd like to see it and/or are willing to help, you can go here:

http://www.jimdonovan.com/life.html

If anyone here has a mailing they'd be willing to annouce to, I'd greatly appreciate it and, of course, will return the favor where appropriate.

You can just use the above link.

I'm excited to see the outcome.

Jim

Added by Jim Donovan on April 18, 2007 at 2:32pm — 1 Comment

You get what you order

"You get what you order" is the motto of my book "The Winning Helix".

Last week I received, once again, evidence this to be true.

I try to live according my own teachings and focus my energy there where I can win. Creativity, networking, helping others, trying to do everything I can to promote world peace are among those areas where I want to use my energy.

So last week I received a VIP invitation to the Globeforum in Stockholm as a "Global Influential Female Leader"!!!!…

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Added by Cristina Andersson on April 17, 2007 at 11:13pm — 1 Comment

Enter to win :)

I've just created my first competition on my website.

http://www.theacneprogramme.com/competition.html

I'm hoping it will be another great way to get readers interested in my book. The competition gives away some products that are associated with my book.

Will let you know how it goes!

Added by Rebecca Kepple on April 17, 2007 at 3:52pm — No Comments

198 and counting

I invited the readers of my Book Marketing Tip of the Week newsletter to come here to the Book Marketing Network. So far, another 15 have signed up today. Congrats.

If you don't get my tip of the week email newsletter, you can sign up at BookMarket.com.

To read old issues of the tip of the week newsletter, go to http://www.bookmarket.com/tipsindex.htm.

Added by John Kremer on April 16, 2007 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Book trailer

Clicking on the web site www.authorsden.com/johnhturner you can read my poems and see the movie trailer by clicking "Click Here" the release date for Before We Disappear is May 1st.2007

Added by John H. Turner Jr. on April 14, 2007 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Taking the "Treatment"

Someone in the film industry asked me to do a “pitch and a “treatment” for my novel, Horizons Past ( http://www.horizonspast.com ). He has a couple of ideas to try to get it into development as a movie. I had some notion of what a pitch is, but I’d never heard of a treatment. Fortunately, he gave me some examples and illustrations to follow. But I decided to buy Writing Treatments That Sell, by Kenneth Atchity and Chi-Li Wong to…

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Added by Bill Stephens on April 13, 2007 at 8:17pm — 1 Comment

My Neighborhood My Home

My Neighborhood

My Home

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Added by Gary Osborne on April 13, 2007 at 8:10am — 6 Comments

Amazon Campaign Update

Today was my Amazon campaign. What a crazy day. Everything that could go wrong did. One of my JV partners with a list of 50,000, had problems with his email system and could'nt send any emails out today. Then another JV partner ,who uses the same system, had the same problem! I happen to use this system too,so I sent frantic emails to tech support. Finally around 7:00 pm they were able to resolve some of the issues. But I don't think the partner with the 50,000 emails has all of the problems…

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Added by Christina Rowe on April 13, 2007 at 12:51am — 1 Comment

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