Here’s what I learned this month in my search for enlightenment, the hunt for Indie Education. It was a good month:
* Headlines. Write a good headline and people will come. It’s not difficult to figure out. Surf the web for an hour and track what types of headlines intrigue you. People in general are looking for ways to improve their lives, hobbies, decrease waistlines and budgets. Chances are you clicked on this articles to find 10 easy ways to increase your platform as an Indie Author.
* Last month I participated in a Blog Hop (more on what that is soon). Dana Sitar wrote “A Writer’s Bucket List: 99 things to do for inspiration, education, and experience before your writing kicks the bucket.” Writers from every corner came together through Dana’s blog, each of us writing about the theme: What Will You Cross off Your Bucket List in 2013. Not only did it introduce me to amazing writers, it lauched Dana all the way to Writer’s Digest, where her DIY writing blog and Bucket List book were featured on their website.
* Speaking of snappy titles, How to Sell 8 Million Books, caught my attention immediately. The article features Ray Bradbury’s success as a writer. The one thing I walked away with was to persist in writing. Success in writing won’t appear unless I sweat ink.
* Writing Conferences are THE best way for writers to grow, to learn, to find encouragement. Conferences can be expensive and time consuming. As a mother of four, I don’t always have the time and I never have the money to travel, stay in a hotel, and afford the registration fee for conferences. IndieReCon was the perfect solution. I stayed home, read through the posts, watched the videos and learned about marketing, writing tools, found new blogs to follow. Best of all, it was free!
* As an Indie Author, I’m always looking for ways to increase book sales, to grow my blog, to figure out Twitter. Joanna Penn delivers. She is an Indie Author with some seriously impressive book sales and blog followers. She shares all she learns and it’s all doable.
* A list of site to promote your book(s)- I haven’t looked into these too much, don’t know anything about them…so if you know more about any of these than I do (which is very likely!) please let me know.
* An example of a blog hop – the I <3 Books Blog Hop. I told you I would share more about about a blog hop – here it is… A blog hop is hosted by a blog host who invites other bloggers to write on a particular topic or theme. It’s a great way to increase blog traffic, find new writers, and promote a book release.
* Just for fun…If I wasn’t a writer, I would play the piano like this… Piano Guys Maybe I should say, I hope I write as well as he plays piano.