Your Simple Checklist for Getting Known & Getting Readers

There’s such a wonderful comment on yesterday’s post that I wanted to
bring attention to it (slightly modified to apply to all genres). Thank you, Banana the Poet (aka Michele Breton)! Follow her on Twitter or visit her site.

Simple Checklist for Getting Known, Getting Readers, Building Platform

  • Blog your work and gather readers (Michele blogged for three years)
  • Start publishing company (optional, but great route for poets)
  • Release poetry book (possible to accomplish for free and with little or no technical expertise, through services like Smashwords, Lulu, Scribd)
  • Format for Kindle and release

What other steps would you add, or have you found to be critical?

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7 thoughts on “Your Simple Checklist for Getting Known & Getting Readers

  1. Michele Brenton

    Umm perhaps I’d better add – Pay attention to when blogs kindly respond to your comments and act in a timely manner?

    Sorry for taking 3 years to say thanks for this 🙂 I was searching to see which of my poems were ‘findable’ on Writers Digest and spotted this blog post.

    But in a way it is fun to come back and say it all worked quite well.
    Here I am after having done all those things (and a few others besides) and in the last three months found myself in the astonishing position of being consistently the Top bestselling poet on the UK Kindle lists and in a fairly respectable position on the US charts too.

    Hubby never got round to the iPhone app – but these days Apple is easier to publish to – so I’m there via a different route.

    Thanks again for highlighting my responses – and hope my belated reply helps to underline that following the checklist does get results. 🙂 xx

  2. Jane Friedman

    @Bridget – Way to act!

    @Triona – I’ve found speaking and teaching to be one of the most important things that authors can do, especially if they have any level of engagement with the audience, and it’s superlatively effective if the author has charisma. … And definitely agree, credibility and/or authenticity is an essential ingredient to a successful effort.

  3. Triona Guidry

    Terrific advice. I’ve also found that speaking engagements are good ways to display your skills. All of your marketing efforts feed back into themselves. Someone might read an article you wrote for a magzine and visit your blog, someone might visit your blog and come to your seminar. The more credibility you’re able to build, the more you’ll be able to expand your platform as a writer. Even better, get your seminar recorded so you can put a video clip of it on your blog. I’m in the process of doing this with clips from a recent class I gave on social networking to market your business.

  4. Bridget

    Jane, thanks for the tip about commenting on others’ blogs. I think a lot of bloggers (myself included!) overlook the importance of this. It’s not just about putting yourself out there; it’s about building a writing community.
    Or something. Anyway, I am going to be commenting more on blogs. See, doing it now. You already inspired me.

  5. kerry dexter

    for non fiction especially, although these could work for poetry and fiction as well:

    pitch articles to respected print publications and web sites in your field

    if your skills and area of knowledge lend themselves to it, seek out opportunities to contribute articles and chapters to reference works

    attend conferences and festivals both on line in person. consider looking for gatherings connected to your area of subject matter expertise rather than (or in addition to) writers’ conferences — and look into presenting at them, as well


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