Okay gang, I have a special treat for you all today. My good friend and fabulous author Keira Kroft has agreed to talk to you all about building a fan base for your writing.
Now, a little about Keira before I unleash her on you all. Keira carries a vet assistance degree; her love for animals is as great as her love of people. She gives a percentage of her personal book sale profits to the animal welfare league. Residing in a quiet suburb in the outskirts Chicago with her husband, she manages their comic book store fulltime, spending any spare time that she has working with her cats Scamper and Sawyer to achieve total world domination, one shared Twinkie at a time. Her passions include reading, writing, football, comic books and family.
And now, without further ado. Here is Keira... remember to take notes, there may be a quiz afterwards.
Building a fan base...
If you follow a few simple steps, you can be in paradise within days. This is assuming you have written, tweaked and edited, edited and edited your work to a primo shine. But you are special and your work will be published, so don’t give away too much, a few sample chapters will suffice. However, the following advice works for someone that has only just begun, because it is never too early to acquire a fan base.
#1 Most important, get a Facebook for business, if you have one for family and friends, I suggest getting another one to meet and greet people to talk about your work. A fan page is also a nice idea.
#2 A blog, website or both is very important. Here are some helpful websites.
#3 Blogger http://www.blogger.com will sell you a domain for only 10.00 and is very versatile. I highly suggest whether you use blogger or not, to have a static website and blog.
These websites a completely free and there are more. But I have used the above free web hosts and I know they are safe and easy to snap together.
#4 A twitter account is very important. I know some people still have opinions about twitter, being a place to talk about your bowel movements and what you ate. But that is not true, it’s a very effective tool in reaching the masses.
#5 Don’t be a wallflower. Get out there, schmooze, and mingle. This never stops, enjoy the little bit of fame and fun. Most publishers do not require that you advertise for yourself. But most of them don’t mind, because every bit helps. And let’s face it most of us our are reader pimps, we want to collect as many of those as we can J
#6 Swim around, the internet is your friend. You can find many creative ways to advertise for free.
#7 Don’t be afraid, they are very few published writers that aren’t willing to give advice, so ask questions.
#8 Network with other writers, although befriending writers that write the same genre as you do is helpful, that is not a hard rule. They are multi-genre writers and there are multi-genre readers. I love a nice romance, but I also love the works of Clive Barker.
Good luck to all of you, if you need any further help or advice, please feel free to contact me
Thank you all so much for having me here today :)
Hugs, Keira Kroft,
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