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Creating an Author Platform: Really Useful Links by Amanda J Evans

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If you’re like many people in this strange Coronavirus time we find ourselves in, you might have a little more time on your hands. If so, maybe now is the time to tackle your author platform. For some this may mean starting at the beginning, for others it may be improving on what you already have. Wherever you are on your author platform building journey, I hope the links today will really help.

  1. https://self-publishingschool.com/author-platform/ – How to Build an Author Platform: 8 Important Steps for Beginners: The first link this week comes from the Self-Publishing School and in an in-depth guide on creating an author platform. Before you get to the 8 steps there is a section that explains what an author platform is along with the benefits of having one. Then you are straight into the 8 tips, each of which is elaborated on to ensure you get the most out of this guide. It’s an easy to read guide and perfect for those starting out and those who want to add more to their existing platforms.
  2. https://writingcooperative.com/how-to-build-your-own-author-platform-from-scratch-9d6123858bac – How to Build Your Own Author Profile From Scratch: The second link is from The Writing Cooperative and it contains 7 different steps which mostly focus on writing and publishing articles, blogging, and submitting to literary magazines. There are some great tips included and it is a short, but worthwhile read.
  3. https://davidgaughran.com/2019/04/08/how-to-build-an-author-platform%EF%BB%BF-website-email-facebook – How to Build An Author Platform: This next article is from David Gaughran and his guide starts by explaining what an author platform is. He then moves on to explain the essential elements that you must have before taking a look at the different social media platforms available to authors. There are lots of great points in this article and some superb takeaways.
  4. https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/writers/advice/1252/a-writers-toolkit/essential-information/ – 5 Ways to Build an Author Platform: Next is an article from Writers & Artists that looks at why an author platform is important and how to go about creating it. It talks about identifying your author brand, the importance of newsletter signups, using social media to engage, and how to get started.
  5. https://jerichowriters.com/author-platform-what-it-is-and-how-to-build-it/ – Your Author Platform: What is it, Why it matters, & how to build your own: Next up is an article from Jericho Writers. I’m a big fan of this website, if you haven’t already noticed from reading this weekly column, and this guide to author platforms is excellent. There’s a section on platform vs authority, why author platforms matter, and a great section on how to build your author platform. This article also includes a great list of what not to do.
  6. https://www.draft2digital.com/blog/building-an-author-platform/ – How to Build Your Author Platform (starting where you are): This post comes from Draft2Digital and is aimed at those who self-publish, but the tips can be used by everyone. It lists a number of potential author platform resources that authors can use if they are not already doing so, how to use a “call to action”, and how to let readers know when you’re published.
  7. https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-build-an-author-platform-to-market-your-work#quiz-0 – How to Build an Author Platform to Market Your Work: This is an article from Masterclass, and it talks about how a lot of marketing elements have now shifted from traditional publishers to authors themselves. It discusses what an author platform is, why having one is important, and the 4 steps to building an author platform. It’s a three-minute read, so be sure to click the link.

I hope you enjoyed the links today and I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.

(c) Amanda J Evans

www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans

Amanda J Evans is an award-winning Irish author of YA and Adult romance in paranormal and fantasy genres. Growing up with heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, her stories centre on good versus evil with a splice of love and magic thrown in too. Her books have all won awards and her latest novella, Hear Me Cry, won the Book of the Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference 2018. Amanda has been featured in a number of poetry anthologies in 2017 and 2018 including A Bowl of Irish Stew, a charity anthology for Pieta House and her short story Moonlight Magic was included in the Owl Hollow Press Anthology, Under the Full Moon’s Light, published in October 2018. Amanda is currently polishing her novel, Winterland, which will be submitted to agents and publishers in 2019, and is also working on a Bronte inspired story for an anthology due for publication in 2020. Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012. You can find out more on her website www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans