Tag: Authors.

LEARNING CURVE

Have you ever as an author enjoyed an opportunity, thinking expansion and that this opportunity is going to help build your brand or platform? So, you work diligently accepting the opportunity making sure all the little ducks are in a row. And then it goes live or public, when immediately you want to take it back or change the way it was sent out into the world. This is what I call the learning curve for authors.Typically, I’m very conscientious of what goes out being as truthful as possible. However, there are just times when it’s out of your control. Have you ever flubbed an interview, regretted a book review done for another author, got on the radio and went into a state of panic, appeared at a book signing and said something you shouldn’t have? It’s all in the learning curve.
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Recently, I have been lucky enough to get a couple of interviews when the learning curve struck. During the first couple of questions when asked about myself, I just happened to describe myself in the 3rd person. Ouch! Who does that? Yes, it might be funny for a Seinfeld episode. However, I don’t know if that’s what I was going for. Then instead of describing the books in my own words, I copied the back cover (word for word) which seemed like a fool proof plan at the time. OUCH again, very canned! Needless to say after the interview was posted, I emailed the interviewer. What did I shout, you ask? “Learning Curve!” Ok, I didn’t shout it and I didn’t blame him at all. It was my error through and through. But we did have a good laugh about it. I am still hoping he’s laughing with me instead of the alternative.But if your career is growing and movement is happening, I think learning curves are always going to be present. I watched an interview with Stephen King the other day that was quite awkward. I wish I would of tagged it to post here today, but I didn’t. When I went back to retrieve it, I could no longer find it because he has done so many of them. I would hope that when all of our careers reach Stephen King status, the learning curves will be less and farther between. But realistically, more learning curves will probably be thrown our way because when you get to that status, there is always some new opportunity or event around each corner.Here’s one of his wise rules to leave you with, while also reminding us why we started this writing journey in the first place: Writing is about getting happy.
“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”If you have a particularly interesting or embarrassing learning curve story, share it in the comment section below and start a conversation.Stay connected to the author! Find out the latest gossip, news & events: https://lnkd.in/bBmmx2B

 

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I started using Twitter about a year and a half ago, and at first it was a major learning curve. I’m only allowed 140 characters? What’s a hashtag, and how do you use it? Why would I want to make a list? These were just a few of the questions I had. Now that I’ve been on Twitter for a while, I’ve learned what a valuable tool it can be for self-promotion as an author. So, I’ve made a list of a few tips that have helped me navigate the fast paced world of tweeting.

  1. If you want people to take interest in what you are doing, take interest in what they’re doing. Simple, right? You never know what interesting things you might find of Twitter if you just pay attention.
  2. Don’t spam! (Maybe this should have been my number one point.) Nobody likes the same ‘pitchy’ blurb or ad thrown at them every five minutes. So don’t do it!
  3. Be active. Be interactive. Actually talk to people on Twitter! Most of them are just like you, trying to get their words out there.
  4. Find creative ways to collaborate with people via Twitter. I networked with people to find indie authors/bloggers to guest blog on my website www.katherinedell.com. I sent out a schedule of who and when posts were happening, and in return we all, tweet, retweet and favor each other’s posts. Social networking/Indie author support at it finest!
  5. Use the list function in Twitter. The feed of all the people you follow can get overwhelming. When you make a lists in Twitter, you can categorize the people you follow. For example, I have lists for my guest bloggers, book promoters, etc.
  6. Learn the Twitter language. Use all the @’s, #’s, and shortened url’s to their full potential. You only get 140 characters to get your message out there, so type wisely.
  7. As much as you can, say thank you on Twitter… without it being a canned response. A ‘thanks’ could be one of many things, a follow back, favoring a tweets, or tweeting out something positive about them. Be creative.
  8. Favor, re-tweet and follow back, BUT be selective. My goal is to build a fan base that will buy my book. So I follow back people who write, publish, love to read… you see where I’m going with this. Be consistent.
  9. Set goals. Why are you on Twitter? Are you trying to create a fan base, find a publisher, boosting sales? Create a Twitter strategy that fits your goals.
  10. When your number of Twitter followers gets large, you may want to get an app to help you manage your account. I use Crowdfire. (Previously justunfollow). It allows you to see who unfollows you, who isn’t active, and much more.
  11. Let’s not forget… Tweet something interesting to your readers. This can be difficult to figure out. It took me a while to find my niche.
  12. AND, last but not least… Be genuine. There’s enough fake people in this world, don’t be one of them.

Happy Tweeting Everyone.

Katherine