Here’s an intriguing call for submissions. Thinking I might submit something myself. What about you?
This is a really good, simple approach to building your author platform. Something I myself am having to rethink and start over at doing, because mine was on Google+. Please read the full post, it’s solid and short and sweet.
There are some truly wonderful and very comprehensive articles out there that discuss ‘how to build a successful author platform’ and also the many reasons why you should do so ASAP. But I’m just gonna keep it simple for you (and short), because simple and short has worked for me.
When building your author platform, the four most important things you need to do are:
1) choose ONE social media account to focus on
2) enjoy it
3) consistently use it and;
4) grow it.
In my opinion, if you try to develop multiple accounts at the same time, you’ll:
a) get stretched too thin trying to manage everything and;
b) your author platform/s will therefore suffer.
It’s like catching a train. You don’t stand on the platform waiting to board 10 trains do you? No, you’re waitng for one train and one train only. And once you catch that…
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I’ve opted to blog my commentary on this issue rather than create a YouTube video and in the meantime, I’m trying to figure out for myself what I want to do going forward. Those who follow the YouTube beauty and makeup community, or a community affectionately referred to as AuthorTube, or any other number of […]
Note to self, I need to watch this film. Started to years ago, and never got to finish. To those who know nothing about it, it’s the first adaptation of I Am Legend with Vincent Price. Later, we’d get Omega Man with Charlton Heston. And even later still, we’d get I Am Legend with Will Smith. True story. Well, that those are adaptations of the same story, not that the story is real.
MJ Bush won the Internet today.
It unfortunately does seem commonplace for some writers to be absolutely arrogant when it comes to their and others’ works. Their work represents all that is beautiful and perfect with storytelling, and others’ represents all that is wrong and ignorant.
Yes, there are rules. But if I learned anything worthwhile from reading Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, aside from all the horrible things, it’s that the rules of writing were made to be broken. I have never read a book in first person perspective that sounded so much like dialogue, as if Edward Norton was in the room narrating a story. When you listen to the voiced over parts of the Fight Club film and compare them with the same narrative in the book, it’s the same. That was sort of a mind blowing moment for me in my writing, and that was in high school many years ago. Granted it would take many years later before I could consider any of my work decent, and in a few years I’ll consider my current work drivel I’m sure of it. But the point is this…
We are all learning
Some of us are ahead of the curve, and that’s fine. But being ahead of the curve is no reason to be arrogant, rather it is a reason to humble yourself and give back to the community with grace.
So, thanks to MJ today! I’m so glad she won the Internet, and that the Google+ algorithms worked in my favor and fed me that post.
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