Next up....I would like to introduce you guys to the VERY talented BK Walker!!!
Build An Author Platform
Often times, especially new writers, the question that arises is – “Where do I go from here?” After the writing, after the editing and formatting, and after a book is put into the public eyes. What are the steps to take to build your audience and engage readers?
The key is to start before you are even finished writing the book.
What? Are you kidding me? Who wants to know about a book before it’s published? The answer to that is easy! EVERYONE!
In case you haven’t noticed, especially if you hang out on Facebook and Twitter, following other writers and reading fanatics, they love the juicy details! Trust me, the more they know, the more they want!
So where do you begin? Facebook , of course. Create your author page, start following other authors, book bloggers, and readers. Comment on their status updates, make friends.
Then start a blog of your own. Let readers know where you’re at in your writing process. Let them know what your book is about, character situations, conflicts, love triangles, and leave short excerpts or quotes from your writing. Maybe you’re trying to decide how a character should be acting. Ask your readers for their input, then use it. They will love it.
Once you get close to being finished, hold a cover contest. Let your readers choose the best cover, or do just a cover reveal.
Once you have the final edits and it’s ready, announce your release date, hold a release party, and don’t be afraid to give away free e-copies. You know you’re going to want reviews, and what better way to get them?
You can ask for Beta Reviewers – those that read the book before it’s official release date, and then they can all post their reviews on the day of release. Perfect!
Don’t stop there though, keep engaging your readers, posting new reviews, new projects in the works, and inquire about guest appearances on other blogs. Let the readers get to know you more and more, and they will be anxious for your next release.
Go on tour, virtually, and make even more friends.
There are several book tour organizations out there, but I will suggest ours, the Virtual Book Tour Café’. You can also chat with Jessi over at Release Day Diva for help planning your release party, she does a phenomenal job.
The Virtual Book Tour Café also offers a few free workshops that you may want to check out, Free Ebook Marketing and Build Your Blog Community, just visit our Workshops page. You can also get a free ebook on Building A Platform by joining our mailing list. (No, I don’t hound you every week, but I do send out writing tips, new releases, and freebies on occasion).
We also hold a Hot Topic Tuesday over at our blog, VBT Café Blog, where you can submit a topic for discussion on anything from writing, publishing, to blogging, or if you just have a question, you can email me at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is just the start to building a platform, but it’s a great start to help you become the next Bestseller.
About BK Walker:
Jack of all trades, master of none. BK Walker is first and foremost a mother and a wife. With three beautiful children and a wonderful husband, she enjoys her days living on their farm in Eastern Pennsylvania. When she’s not writing, she manages her time organizing virtual book tours for other authors, and helping her husband as a consultant in their jointly owned business. Putting most of her time into research, BK is always seeking for the most effective ways to market and promote books and business alike. Art is a secondary love, and you may often find her sketches popping up on one of her blogs, or simply catch her reading the magic created in the pages of a great novel. Who knows, it just may be yours.
Excerpt from Upcoming Novel – To Love A Wolf (Erotica PNR)
“There is a legend that a wolf pack lives here in Shadow Falls. Most believe it’s just that, a legend. It is much more than legend though Cevin. Many years ago, my great grandfather was walking his land when he heard howling. He thought it odd that wolves would be so close to mankind. He followed the howling to an open clearing in the woods. He witnessed the transformation of human to wolf, and followed the pack, learning their ways as he documented it all. His journals I’ve not personally seen, but my family talks of this legend as if they were all there to witness it.”
I started laughing. “You really want me to believe that there is actual werewolves here?”
“Not werewolves, Cevin. Werewolves are of myth and legend. These are humans that can turn into wolves.” I looked at her dumbfounded.
She smiled. “Yes.”
“It seems that you have been chosen to become the next Alpha. I don’t know what happened to the current one, but you’re next in line. You’ve been marked.”
“Marked? The scratches on my chest?”
“Yes. Once the full moon is at its peak, you will change Cevin. You will transform into the wolf and you will lead the pack, next to your new mate.”
I left it sink in for a minute before the panic struck. “My new mate? Oh my God! I can’t do this. I don’t want to do this. What about Sam? Is there a way to change it, for her to pick a new mate?”
For a split second I saw the sympathy in her eyes. “You must die to be released. If you refuse to lead and stand next to your mate as new Alpha, the pack will kill you.”
“The cards tell me you have a connection to this pack from long ago. Maybe a family member, maybe a past life. That I cannot be for certain, but you have a connection.”
“What about Sam? My life here?”
“Your life is going to change Cevin. You will not be able to be with Sam anymore, you will have to lead the pack. On the night of the full moon, you will go through the transformation, you will seal the deal by mating your queen, and you will lead the pack as if you’ve always been their leader.”
5 lucky winners to receive ebook of choice:
Death Upon Me, Night Secrets, Immortyl Kisses:Warrior Rising, or Broken Captive.
Thank you so much BK for stopping by today and celebrating with us!!!
This giveaway is International.
All giveaways this month end on October 7th.