Most authors, when they are first getting started wonder what it takes to begin building a platform. Very few people jump in ready to go, not in need of any help. This is not surprising seeing as so many things go into writing a book. The writing itself is a large undertaking, however, once you are finished that’s not nearly the end. To build promotion and therefore business you have to keep working. This includes starting what is referred to as a platform. How do people know who you are? How do they know what it takes to learn more about you? Why should they buy your book? What makes you as an author unique? You can help them learn these things. Build a personal webpage, if you wish to, start up a blog. Open a page on the social sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin. Do whatever you can to get your name better known. It may sound awful to consider but it’s not as hard as it seems. Visit a site like Weebly.com or Wix.com, either one of these will guide you through the process of starting up your own site. Pay a call on a site like GoDaddy.com, for as low as $25.00 ever two years you can pick up a catchy name for the page.
Once the book has been released you can indulge in a blog tour. Visit as many blog sites as possible. Many of these will be more then happy to work with you to either review the book or interview you, oftentimes they’ll do both. Being an author myself, I know this can all seem a bit much, but trust me in the end it does pay off! I hope I have given a little help to all of you fresh authors, and best of luck to anyone watching!