Weekly Writerly Witterings ~ Starting Somewhere P1

witter (ˈwɪtə)
vb – (often foll by: on) to chatter or babble pointlessly or at unnecessary length
n – pointless chat; chatter

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This week I wanted to share my post from We Write Fantasy : A Writer’s Journey ~ Starting Somewhere

A little bit of insight before you dive on into the link above:

Melissa Wright and I were talking the other day about all the work that goes into setting up your website. As Indies, we usually do all the leg work, and that includes research, learning platforms, etc. For some of you more tech-savvy peeps, setting up your website is no problemo. Whether you’re a tech genius or average Jane, I hope you glean some helpful tidbits from my own experience. We learn best through trial & error, so if you are struggling to get your author platform up and running, you’re in great company 🙂

 Quick Starting Word

Before we begin, I can’t stress how important it is you do your research and make some choices. Being an Indie author is all about the long haul. You may be one of the lucky ones and strike the market with the right story at the right time, or you may be like me and find a niche, but no overwhelming success. I’ve had a lot of hit or misses, mostly because I had to learn all of this from trial and error. I’m finally at a point where I have a full grasp of what I need to do to build my author platform as a business, now that I’ve come into my own writing-wise (lots of room for improvement still of course though). And the best thing you can do starting out is to pick like your top three or five authors who write your genre. It helps if they’re also people you admired already. For me, I took a good look at S.J. Maas and Susan Dennard who write epic fantasy and have different ways of reaching their readership. I emulate a lot of what I see on their sites, but make it my own. And I’ve followed other Indies like Melissa Wright and Kate Avery Ellison for advice and inspiration. The trick isn’t to copy after these authors, but take what they’ve done, see what you could use that fits your brand and make it your own. 🙂

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