Welcome to day thirteen of the third annual Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway!
Ready to get known? Then you are ready for Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform by Christina Katz (that’s me!).
Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform 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.
Here’s what others’ say about Get Known:
“Every day I tell writers, ‘Build your platform!’ They ask, ‘How?’ Now I can point them in the right direction, to Christina Katz’s excellent guide to platform-building.” —Eric Maisel, author of Creativity for Life and A Writer’s Space.
“Christina Katz’s no-nonsense guide to building an author platform is a shot in the arm, a kick in the pants, and a bracing dose of reality, not to mention chock full of sage advice, invaluable resources, and buckets of encouragement.” —Hallie Ephron, author of Never Tell a Lie and 1,001 Books for Every Mood.
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.
If you are new to the giveaway, please read “Da Rules.”
Today’s question is…
What are you doing to figure out your personal strengths and get known? If you have started, please give us a list of what you have done and how you prepared. If you have not yet started, tell us how you will prepare and what you will do. And have fun with this because platform development should be/sound fun to you!
And P.S. I’d especially like to hear from my former students on this because I know that many of you can provide a great example. So, don’t worry if you already have the book or not. Just please share the wealth!
Give me the goods in 50-200 words, please. 🙂
Before you go! WE HAVE A CAUSE TO RAISE MONEY FOR THIS YEAR! Please read the story about the Applin family here and consider making a small contribution at some point during the giveaway. We’re aiming for $100/day collectively. Please help us help the Applin family adopt two beautiful children from Russia. 🙂