I’ll take the risk of turning those terms into cliches, because they’re important enough to my own career that I’m going to keep mentioning them, over and over again.
Part of “making it” as an author, artist, or creator is having a voice. You need to get your work in front of the right people, and the best way of doing that these days is with a platform. I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again.
Anyway, today’s about something else.
Today, I’ve got a guest post that went live over at WriteToDone.com, called How to Build the Writing Platform of Your Dreams Using Social Media. It’s a pretty good post, talking about things like automation and how you can use it to further advance your efforts (leverage).
Go check it out, but also know that tomorrow I’m GIVING AWAY copies of my first nonfiction book, Building A Blog for Readers. You can buy it now on Amazon for less than three bucks, but if you’ll wait until tomorrow, you’ll get it for FREE!.
Things are better when they’re free, right?
Here’s the deal: While I want you grab a copy of the book, read it, and use the information in it, I also want to you share it with someone if you can.
The way Amazon works (after their infamous KDP Select algorithm change earlier this year, anyway) is that the more downloads it gets while free, the higher the ranking of the book in the Kindle Freebies section (or whatever category).
I won’t get more money for it (I won’t get any, actually–again, it’s FREE), but I will get more exposure.
In this market, exposure is everything.
Let me explain that a little bit:
Self-published authors like myself don’t have the benefit of huge marketing budgets behind them. You probably know what I mean. We can’t rely on a huge push from a publishing company because–hell–we are the publishing company!
So instead, we must take alternate measures to get our stuff out there. Giving our work away for free (like I do with this blog) is one great method of gaining readership. So that’s my plan.
From tomorrow, August 9th, through Sunday, August 12th, Building A Blog for Readers will be completely free on Amazon.
That includes Sunday, so you have all weekend to grab your copy.
One more thing:
If you already have the book, or if you haven’t seen this before, I made a cheat sheet for it. All 101 questions are featured in an easy-to-use way. Print it out, hang it up, do whatever with it. It’s also free, but it’ll ask you to Tweet about it to get the download link:
I hope you’ll help me share this post, the book, and the cheat sheet with the world–it’s one way I can give back and help others build their online platforms, and I hope you know that I’m happy to return the favor!