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No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksWelcome back to No Wasted Ink.  This Monday I have a nice grab bag of general writing tips including subjects like author platform, building a community, working on a copy edit and what environments are most suitable for writing.  Pour yourself a cup of Joe and relax.  Enjoy!

Building Community As a Writer

10 Tips For Writing an Effective Query Letter…

The Synergy of the First Draft, Whether You Trim or Embellish

5 Steps to Surviving Your Copy Edit

Facebook Ads Work: How to Use Facebook to Reach Niche Readers

How Your Surroundings Ignite Your Creativity (And What To Do About It)

A Definition of Author Platform

THE LAST OF A KIND: EXTINCTION IN FANTASY

When Reading Books on #Writing and #Marketing

Postcards provide link to Edwardian social media

How Authors Can Promote On YouTube & Use Patreon by Adam Mulholland

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YouTube offers content creators a way of cross-utilizing mediums to enhance and bridge engagement beyond a book. Authors wanting more presence should leverage this platform to reach a larger audience and potentially earn more revenue. I hear calls for help all the time from bloggers, eBook writers, and even published authors that are trying to get their content out to readers. Today, we are a more fractured society in how we promote and consume everything from an article in the dentist waiting room or the late night YouTube binge on Chromecast.

Content creators are rarely able to switch into promotion or sales when all they know is building engaging content. This is the whole reason marketing companies exist, but the power of the internet has given so many the ability to learn how, and for some, prosper. As an author, you have tremendous power with your brand and if you are a self-publishing author you have even more freedom. YouTube can easily take what you have built and mold it into a sales funnel without striking any deals with a marketing company.

You might think this is a difficult proposition because you write and that’s it. The first steps into building video content and the audience is a camera. You can do everything from a webcam like Blab uses (another serious platform as well), to a GoPro as long as it captures video and hopefully audio. There are endless search results on building your video solution. Once you sort all of the equipment fundamentals out, it’s time for actual production and potentially outsourcing.

Authors can, and do find success by using YouTube. I want to share a few ways on how to do so.

  • Create a YouTube channel and brand it with the same look as other platforms you have pages on so it looks professional.
  • Decide what to share that relates to your stories. Some authors do Q & A’s, give behind the scenes info, or discuss whatever topics that may interest your readers.
  • Fan interaction is great and you could do a Google Hangout, or maybe a weekly video on something you think fans might want to know about. Plan these out ahead of time.
  • Build consistent content that is well edited. You can either learn how to edit, don’t edit, or outsource the editing to a freelancer. Editing is the most difficult part, but is the most important as well.
  • Use YouTube to bring your brand together with the creator of the content your fans enjoy. A quick search brings up results of authors that are already using YouTube to reach fans.
  • Be unique and engage in the comments with people who are interested.

Don’t just cast YouTube to the side because it’s difficult to use. It’s the world’s #2 search engine and your brand will expand by stepping into a new platform. Take the challenge in building video and bridging the conversation with the audience on YouTube.

While I didn’t focus on these areas, it’s important to consider podcasting and blogging as areas to push into if you have the time or desire to do so. Video is not the only path to fans, but it is the most intimate. Let’s transition from using YouTube to combining it with fan-funding. I think these two go very well together and it provides more opportunity.
Patreon for Authors

Crowd-funding is relatively new, but it’s probably one of the hardest things to build into if you have limited time or content to offer. If you can leverage YouTube and build an audience in video and books Patreon is a must for many. It’s a platform that you build a page that introduces who you are and what you do. You ask your fans to support your work by monthly contributions. In return for the support, you offer them special rewards. The concept of Patreon is simple, so I want to leave you with ideas for rewards, and this list is nowhere close to being exhaustive.

  • A private video on YouTube where you discuss behind the scenes info.
  • Merchandise like t-shirts or coffee mugs.
  • A signed copy of your book or a future book.
  • 1-on-1 Skype calls with a fan.
  • Add a fan to your next book as a character.

These five basic things to choose from, and can be unbelievable when it comes to fans wanting special rewards. This is a platform that creators have had massive amounts of success with and it can work for you as well as a side offering in between hidden retreats into a log cabin on the side of a mountain while you pen your next work. Hopefully, this gives you some ideas to chew on as you look for new ways to build your base.

Biography

Adam MulhollandI’m Adam Mulholland and I’m a blend of designer, marketer, blogger, and more. My goals are to help others with getting their message out into the wild. I am also a 20-yr veteran of the U.S. Air Force which allowed me to travel the world and learn cultures. I discuss content marketing, design, all the while building online communities, and establishing my new company, Adding Social, LLC. Visit Adam Mulholland.com to read new ideas to expand your reach and deepen connections you already have.

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksSometimes, regular articles about the craft of writing are what it is all about.  This week are all pieces about improving your skills and becoming a better author.

4 Places to Find Your Best Story Conflict

20 misused English words that make smart people look silly

Small is beautiful: from Jane Austen to George RR Martin, the novella is making a come-back

How Solitude Enriches Creative Work

The Truth About “Platform”

Train Your Mind for Writing with Great Books

7 Ways Writers Can Find an Exclusive Voice

A Hobbit’s Guide to Launching Your Book

Why Facebook Is My Dream Publicist

Breaking Grammar Rules in Poetry Writing

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksThis week, I was intrigued by different facets of writing.  What Native Americans might strive for when becoming authors, women turning the publishing industry on its toes, legends in fantasy, even a little about the history of e-ink and its invention.  I hope  you enjoy the steps of my journey.  Until next time…

Legends and Folktales in Fantasy

SATISFYING ENDINGS

4 Ways to Verify Your Story Concept Is Strong Enough

9 Lessons Learned About Writing From Walking 100km In A Weekend

How Electronic Ink Was Invented

Maverick women writers are upending the book industry and selling millions in the process

3 Myths About the MFA in Creative Writing

Want to Get Published? NY Literary Agent’s Tips For Native Authors

WHY DO WE WRITE ABOUT ORPHANS SO MUCH?

Why Most Academics Will Always Be Bad Writers

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksThis week on No Wasted Ink, I have several great articles on general writing tips for you.  A reference article about writing wolves.  Also, great comments about creating a body of writing work.  I hope you enjoy them!

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU EXPERIENCE WRITERS BLOCK

Writing Wolves Fairly and Accurately

WRITING A PLOT TWIST

How to Write Subtext in Dialogue

Tips for introverted children’s book illustrators attending the SCBWI Summer Conference for the first time

Think Long Term. Create A Body Of Work.

How to Write (and Not to Write) an Author Bio

9 grammatical mistakes you need to stop making before I throw live scorpions at you

You Should Read More Romance Novels

Use This Predictive Text Generator To Write The Best Internet Fanfiction