Friday Roundup: Online Resources for Authors

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Authors: Grow Your Platform

I hope you enjoy my selection of blog posts this week. I selected these online resources for authors on the basis of containing tips that will help you to grow your audience/platform. Enjoy them!


5 Brilliant Things Writers Can Do to Overcome a Small Platform from Chad R. Allen: It is true that the number 1 reason we turn books down is lack of platform, and I suspect that’s true for most trade houses. But I have some good news: Platform is not the only thing publishers care about, and determination and hustle can take you a long way. In this vein I want to offer 5 things to do that will undoubtedly help you build your platform and increase your chances of landing a book contract.

8 Simple Tweaks That Will Skyrocket Your Blog’s Traffic, Growth, and Impact from Michael Hyatt: It’s not as difficult as it might seem to get your message the attention it deserves, especially when so many others are doing it so poorly. All you need to do is to make a few small changes to really move the needle.

5 People and 2 Sites Writers Should Follow from Sherrey Meyer, Writer: Writers and bloggers need resources to aid in getting their ideas into context attractive to their followers. In order to find these resources, we could spend hours surfing the Internet to find those people most helpful to our brand, blog, or book. The following five individuals and two sites are resources I follow consistently. I hope you find something helpful among them.

How To Get More Twitter Followers: 24 Effective Tips To Grow Your Following Fast by Blogging Wizard: Have you ever wanted to get more followers on Twitter? Watching as others amassed a huge number of followers and wondered what you can do to replicate their success? I felt exactly the same and for a long time I struggled to make much progress, but eventually after trying different tactics I was able to make serious headway. And I want to help you do the same thing.

65 Accomplished Writers & Marketers Reveal Their Secrets to Productivity by focusalot: This is probably not the first productivity article that you have read. You’ve probably have read countless lists telling you things tips like “Just start typing!” or “check email later!” But the real key to productivity is not about little tricks or one-day-stints. It’s about working consistently even if you don’t feel like it, or you’re too tired, or you have to take care of children. It’s difficult, but not impossible to create a system for work. You can do it, because these writers and marketers (who are human, just like you) have done it.


Social Media Time Suck: Time-Management Strategies for AuthorsAbout the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of  Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write, Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter and the San Francisco Writers Conference. You can find her on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+.

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