As this month’s guest speaker for the Maryland Writers’ Association Howard County Chapter, I will be teaching attendees all about “Perfecting Your Author Platform.”
In today’s highly saturated book market, a strong publicity and marketing campaign requires that authors have a solid platform to get the kind of attention necessary for sales. But what is a platform, what is it used for, and how do you build one? How does it affect your book deal, or whether you get one at all? How does it help you sell more books, whether you self-publish or have a publisher? My presentation will show you how to evaluate the “planks” you already have and design a blueprint for building a bigger, stronger platform—the most critical tool in your toolbox after the book itself. Whether your book is already out there or you’re still writing your draft, you need this information, so come on out and join us.
The presentation includes a handy worksheet and I will walk attendees through some examples to show how to leverage what they already have going on for them or in their books. I’ll need volunteers, so if you’re looking for a little personalized advice this could be a great opportunity. I love class participation! ;-P
This meeting is happening on February 18, 2016, 7-9pm at Owen Brown Community Center 6800 Cradle Rock Way, Columbia, MD 21045-4809. Meetings are free for first-time attendees and MWA members, $5 for repeat guests.
For more details, you may contact chapter president Amy Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the chapter website: www.mwahocowriters.com.