Sorry to be MIA. I was working with my designer on the banner for this blog and the upcoming website. What do you think? A pretty big contrast from the look over at The Writer Mama Riffs, but that's okay! Speaking of my other blog, have you heard about the Writer Mama Back to School Giveaway? It's a daily writing book/stuff giveaway that starts tomorrow, September 1st. Here's the complete round-up of giveaway items and the "Da Rules."
Here's a few posts on platform that are worth your time:
Joe Wikert's Publishing 2020 blog has an interesting post about author's e-book rights.
Amazon is reportedly acquiring Shelfari. Interesting.
Chuck Sambuchino recently interviewed Jeffery McGraw of The August Agency, LLC and he has a few valuable things to say about author platform. Why not read the whole interview since it's a way down?
If you are a fitness pro, you'll be interested in this post on platform development from Amanda Vogel over at Active Voice Fitness Writing and Marketing. (Clever blog name, too.)
Joe Wikert also mentioned, "Penguin Group USA offers a free 64-page document called Internet Advice for Authors: Getting Started, Getting Online, and Getting Noticed. [Ed. Note: This link will download the PDF to your computer.] This is an excellent resource for any author who doesn't know the first thing about websites, blogs as well as building a solid author platform and online presence. It's great to see a major publisher sharing this sort of information with the world, not just their own authors."
Thanks, Joe and thanks Penguin!
And finally, my advice for aspiring authors who are considering cracking open their checkbooks and laying down a big chunk of dough for platform growing advice this fall. Save your money! Wait until October when my book, Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform, will be rolling off the presses.
Can't wait to hear what you think about it. In the meantime, the praise has started rolling in. I'll post a taste next time...