Today I am drafting many of my blogs for the forthcoming weeks. My problem is that I have never been able to blog on a regular basis.
Some may think why bother anyway. Well what I have learnt along the way is that whether we want to publish lots of ebooks, Indie publishing or aim for that traditional publisher. The joy of seeing your book on the shelves of a bookstore. Whatever your goal you need people to know about your work. Your Author's Platform.
Well here is my top five websites and the people behind them that could help you as they have helped me.
Number 1 has to be Nick Daws writer/author of over 80 books and courses. If I had not come across him and his inspirational courses, I would not have started, let alone come this far. His first course I purchased was "Write any book in 28 days" which is still relevant and successful today as when he first produced it.His chatty style, made me think he was in the room next to me. Teaching me and guiding my hand, If you haven't already follow him on Twitter and Facebook along with Nick's writing blog. I also signed up for his e-newsletter and his MWC writers forum. All well worth diving in to!
Secondly I joined Twitter, you do not have a clue when first joining and I know it can be off-putting. So I looked to see who followed who, up came Gary Smailies from Bubblecow.
I have learnt so much from his experience, They give hints and tips of which publisher will accept authors without an agent! The have a mentoring program and will edit your work for a fee. If you visit the Bubblecow website and Gary is at his desk then a pop up window arrives and you can ask any question and Gary will answer via live chat. Gary may not know this but he has been there to motivate me to carry on writing.
Number 3 has to be Joanna from The Creative Penn. Joanna frequently gives Podcasts, webinairs, writing tips and author interviews. She is a published author herself, her most recent being the "Pentecost".
Through her downloadable ebook on the author's platform, she gives the benefit of her experience.
My last two I have grouped together as they work together, Problogger and Copyblogger. They have tutorials of how to get started with your blog. They make it all so simple, break it down, you learn from very successful guys.
I love learning, love a challenge. Recently this blog has not been as regular as I would have liked. Unfortunately I have been dealing with my own health issues. I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and one of the ways I have been coming to terms with it, is through my blog called Fibroliving.wordpress.com. On there you can read my story of how I am leaning to live with Fibromyalgia and it is learning to live with me.
Who inspired your writing career and who helped you along the way?
I will post my writing tips in my blog as I come across them, alternatively you can follow me on Twitter and Facebook as Sloanwriter.
Look forward to catching up with you soon.