Use Amazon and Goodreads Author Profiles to Promote Your Books

In previous articles, we’ve discussed the importance of setting up an author platform. This includes choosing a domain name for branding, setting up a website, maintaining a social media presence, and using outreach to help people find out about you and your books.

Another important element of your author platform is something you might not think of: your author profiles on Amazon and Goodreads. Both of these websites let you set up pages with information about you, and your books, and help you stay in contact with readers and fans.

In this, article I’m going to discuss setting up and maintaining author profiles on Amazon, Goodreads, and also discuss setting up a Facebook page.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

How To Market Your Book with Media Outreach

In previous articles, we’ve looked at setting up an author platform: reserving your domain name, which is your brand; setting up a website; and using social media. The next step is looking at how you can market your book using media outreach.

In this article, I’ll look at several ways you can get publicity for your book by putting yourself forward.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

How to Use Social Media to Promote Your Books

Your author platform contains many planks. We have seen in previous articles how the key element of your author platform should be your website, and how the domain name you use is an essential part of your brand. The other important element of your author platform should be your social media presence. While not every author needs to be present on social media, and many don’t like using social media at all, it is the way many people will discover your books and stay up to date when you have new ones coming out.

In this article, I will discuss the various social media platforms that you can use to promote your books.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

How to Set Up an Author Website

In recent articles, we’ve looked at the importance of setting up an author platform to market your writing, and how to choose a domain name for your online branding. In this article, I will discuss the most important element of your author platform: your website. This is the hub of your author platform, which readers can use to find out about your books, learn more about you, and keep up to date on your activities.

Building a website is fairly simple. Here are some tips on setting up a website for your author platform.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

Write Now with Scrivener, Episode no. 22: Allison K. Williams

Allison K. Williams is a writer, editor, and coach, and is the author of Seven Drafts, a book about self-editing. Seven Drafts helps writers get from the messy first draft to final draft.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

How To Reserve a Domain Name for Your Author Platform

The most important part of your author platform is your website, and the most important element of your website is its branding. The domain name you choose is both your address on the internet and your brand. It is important because it is how readers find you and return to your site, and you may also want to use it as your social media handle.

In this article, I’ll discuss choosing and registering a domain name, and why this is the first thing you need to do when you set up your author platform.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

How to Build an Author Platform to Showcase and Market Your Writing

Back in the day, publishers would market books, sending review copies, setting up author tours, organizing interviews, and more. Now, except for the most popular authors, it’s up to you to do much of this yourself. Your publisher may have a publicist who can do some of the promotion for you, but if you want to ensure that you get the most exposure, you need to create a platform so potential readers and journalists can find out about you and your books, and so your fans can keep up with what’s new.

Building a platform to highlight your work is essential for any author. The goal of an author platform is to allow readers to learn more about you and your books, provide information for fans, and present yourself to influencers (those on social media, as well as editors commissioning book reviews). In some cases, if you self publish, your author platform could be your storefront, and could be a stepping stone toward finding an agent or a traditional publisher.

In this article, I’m going to discuss the type of author platforms you can use, and in future articles, I’ll look more closely at some of these, and discuss how you can set them up and manage them.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

Get to Know the Scrivener Inspector

The Scrivener window has three main elements: the Binder, the Editor, and the Inspector. Previous articles have looked at how you manage files and folders in the Binder, and how you can customize the Editor.

The Inspector contains information and metadata about your project and your files, bookmarks to other items, snapshots, and comments and footnotes.

In this article, we’re going to take a close look at the Inspector, the third of the main elements in Scrivener.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.