Writing a book in and of itself is a painful endeavor, but, and this might not come as a surprise, it’s actually the easiest part of being an author.
In a world full of commentary about what you should do after writing, sometimes it’s hard to discern what to do!
Let’s take a look at what soon-to-be-published author, Britt Weisrock (Triad) says about the steps she takes to build her platform daily!
“Writing. We’re all here because we’re writers. We have an innate desire to take words, string them together, and create new worlds, illicit emotions, you know the fun stuff we all love, but what happens when you’ve finished a project and are looking to take the next step?
I found myself in this exact position around seven months ago.
Find Your Niche In Social Media
What I’ve learned is: do your research. Social media has a power that reaches beyond the typical stretch. Start to create professional social media accounts. I recommend Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Pinterest, or YouTube. These are currently at the top of the pile for extending your reach and gaining an audience. If you’re an overachiever, heck shoot for all of them, but juggling all apps might lead to feeling burnt out, so do be careful not to over-extend yourself.
For me, I found my niche in the ‘Bookstagram’ Community on Instagram. My love for books and taking photos allowed me to grow a platform with an engaged audience. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!
I find people love to be entertained, so give them something entertaining.
Do You Have a Blog/Personal Website?
Do you blog? Great! Start reviewing books or writing something near and dear on a consistent basis. It’s a great way to get your name and writing out there–no matter how small the audience at first. Are you better at photos or even videos? TikTok–which hosts a large community known as ‘BookTok.’ It’s an excellent place to make short fifteen-sixty second videos that capture your ideal audience by an algorithm.
If you have the means, look into a personal website. Before you get worried about cost–there are plenty of sites offering free versions of their service you can always upgrade later. I tend to favor Wix; they provide an easy to use platform with plenty of free alternatives until you’re ready to expand. You’re going to want that website to showcase yourself and your work because a huge part of writing is the ability to sell yourself along with your book/work. Having a website also offers the opportunity to send newsletters and gain email subscribers, which become a critical part of mailing out information.
What Publishing Path Are You Taking?
As for me, I wrote a book (Triad) and wasn’t sure what to do with it. I was a fresh writer with no real experience in the community and in need of guidance. Did I want to query agents? Did I want to query small presses? Was I interested in self-publishing? I wasn’t sure. I turned to my old friend, Google, to see if she had any ideas. And it was then I stumbled across something on Twitter—PitMad, now, if you’re unfamiliar—I’m going to give you a crash course!
PitMads are Twitter events held every couple of months where writers of all genres can ‘pitch’ their work via a tweet. Two hundred eighty characters of pure pressure to select the right words, hashtag the proper things. But, under the hair-pulling pressure of that character limit lies an opportunity–an opportunity for an agent or publisher to see your pitch and give it a ‘like.’
Once you get that golden like, the work begins!
Every agent or publisher is different. Some may require a full synopsis, others a short one. Some may ask for a partial manuscript or the full. Some may go by pages. My point is before seeking out agents, publishers, or PitMad—Be prepared. Have your letters, synopsis, bio, and manuscript as polished as it can be. Agents and publishers have lots to read, and you don’t want to give them any extra reasons to set your book down.
Each writer’s journey to publishing varies. Some take more time than others to reach certain milestones but keep going. Keep writing. Keep trying. Your only real challenge is an empty page—fill it.”
Britt Weisrock, author of Triad was born in Chicago and raised in Northern Wisconsin, where she and her husband, Bryan, live with their daughter and with two cats. She’s a self-described fantasy aficionado and wine-enthusiast who enjoys Mickey ears and taking baths. When she’s not got her head in a book or writing her own, you can usually find her at www.facebook.com/brittweisrock or Twitter @brittweisrock.
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