Kay DiBianca, an author I follow on the Killzoneblog.com has all her titles on sale until the end the year.
After a wild month of trying to get my project, (The Smoke Eater), off the ground, I made a wonderful Friend, Debbie Burke. (Check out Debbie’s site for her books – Debbie Burke – Tawny Lindholm Thrillers with Passion (debbieburkewriter.com).
It blew Debbie away by how much of social media following I have been able to generate. This led to a feature on a book blog called Killzone. You can check out that story and other posts here.
Since this feature I’ve had some amazing people reach out to me, and I have decided with in my game plan. Also, instead of releasing my book as an independent author, I’m going to try my hardest to find a Literary Agent.
Another Killzone regular, John Gilstrap recently talked about the relationship between his agent and publisher. I felt that I’m sorely in need of that type of relationship to get my author career in the right direction.
Please check into therealbenlucas.com, as I’ll keep everyone up to date on my progress.
I have to thank Debbie Burke, who featured a story about me and my branding strategies on https://killzoneblog.com/2021/10/twitter-tutorial-from-zero-to-12k.html
I hope you check it out.
Someone pointed out to me that I have been knocking it out of the park with my social media efforts. They asked me, how has an as-yet-unpublished author collected 12K Twitter followers in less than a year?
I actually have 12K followers on Twitter, 9.8K on LinkedIn and another 5K on Facebook. And I’m up for new connections.
I built all this after listening to James Scott Bell on Great Courses in August 2020. For some who may not know, James Scott Bell is an excellent authority on the craft of writing. Without him, I don’t think I would have been able to properly structure me WIP.
He said marketing was necessary for traditionally published and indie authors. My immediate takeaway was this is crucial.
JSB’s work led to exploring more references on marketing. I spent a solid month and bit researching, and decided I needed to brand as part of a marketing strategy. Branding seemed so obvious and things clicked from there.
I want to be crystal clear that I don’t believe that I would have these levels of followers without efforts aimed specifically at branding. Building an author brand meant building a social media base to create goodwill and credibility whenever and wherever I can.
Just in case, I wanted to say I have no illusions. With all things related to writing, I’m keeping to my personal motto—I have high hopes but low expectations. None of this is guaranteed, especially if my book that comes out and SUCKS!
However, our TKZ expert, James Scott Bell, says you can’t sell books on Twitter. I think JSB is right. But I also believe there are more important things that social media will offer you.
Next time – marketing vs. branding.
What are your thoughts about social media?
I know that it’s still a few weeks off, but I have started to dedicate my daily quotes to Halloween.
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I’m reading a new book by a fairly prolific writer, and I must say I’m losing confidence in this particular author.
The first 100+ pages were dedicated to introducing many characters who may or may not become important, and setting the scene.
That is just too much! Get to the point, already!
Just so you know, very few people will stick with a story that has too many characters (especially if they are all introduced at once), and too much vague scene-setting.
A publisher or agent will not read that far, hoping it will get better. They will chuck that onto the reject pile and move on to the next manuscript.
Do you want this to happen to you? No?
Well, then. Get some tension or something for the reader to wonder or worry about right away! There’s nothing worse than slogging through a story hoping it will grab your attention.
I hope that helps at least one person avoid this pitfall. I sure hope so.
Christine – Guest blogger
As you might know, I like to read the Killzoneblog everyday. Today, Author Debbie Burke, describes a real life event that impact the small town she lives in.
Thankfully, Debbie is fine. However, to read more about this unfortunate event please go to her entry for September 23, 2021. At the https://killzoneblog.com/
These can be confusing, so a quick way to remember is E for envelope. That way you will know that stationEry refers to things you’ll need to write and send letters – envelopes, paper, pens, stamps, etc.
The other one, stationary, means not moving.
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Thanks for reading.
Christine – Guest blogger