Welcome to day twenty-two of the Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway. Today’s giveaway is three copies of my soon-to-be-released book, Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform by me, Christina Katz.
I’m giving away three copies of my forthcoming book to three different people on the day of the Amazon spike. You do not need to purchase my book today to participate in today’s drawing and, even if you do purchase a copy from Amazon, you can also still participate. So everyone gets to participate today regardless of whether or not your purchase. 🙂
About the Book
This guide comprehensively instructs writers on getting known before the book deal. There are numerous titles on how to market yourself and your book after publication, or after you land a book deal, but none focus on how you get known before you land a book deal.
Increasingly, book writers need to know: What can I do now to start getting known? How do I build a marketing platform that will attract the attention of editors and agents?
Many writers still believe that their credentials or education will be enough to impress agents and editors, only to find themselves stumped when asked to describe their “platform” that will support future sales of their book. Those who already know what “platform” means still struggle to weave self-promotion in with everything else they already do.
Get Known Before the Book Deal starts from square one and assumes no previous knowledge or experience in marketing/promotion. It walks you step-by-step through the whys and hows of becoming visible and cultivating visibility from scratch, while offering an economical approach. You don’t have to spend thousands to self-promote. More and easier access to Web tools means that platform-development is available to anyone with enough time, energy, and enthusiasm. With an emphasis on the most basic web skills relevant for years to come, this guide helps you get comfortable with the fundamentals of running a writing business or promoting yourself online.
This book also puts power and responsibility in the hands of you, the writer. Get Known Before the Book Deal empowers you to take charge of your writing careers and partner equally with agents, editors and publishers, instead of waiting to be discovered. With an emphasis on synergizing with other writers, editors, agents, association officers, booksellers, and in-house marketing people, you’ll be better prepared for authorship.
If you’re a totally unknown writer, this book will show you how to steadily increase your reach and visibility around topics that are most appropriate for your knowledge and expertise, with clear instruction in the basics of self-publicity and readership development. Introverts like to think they are exempt from self-promotion, so author Christina Katz shows all personality types how to become visible, how to thrive in the competitive marketplace.
Christina Katz is author of Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Build an Author Platform and Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids. She started her platform “for fun” seven years ago and ended up on Good Morning America. She works on incremental writing career development with one hundred students a year and is the publisher of the e-zine Writers on the Rise. Christina blogs at The Writer Mama Riffs, Get Known Before the Book Deal and Writers on the Rise.
Are you interested in becoming an author (or are you already an author)? How do you feel about the growing requirement for writers to build a platform before landing a book deal? Does it sound scary? Hard? Frustrating? Or possible, manageable and doable?
Is it clear what is being requested or are you like many folks who are not quite sure what platform means?
If this is your first post in the giveaway, please read “Da Rules.”
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