How to Market Yourself as an Author Before You Have a Book to Sell


The best time to promote yourself: now

But what if you don’t have a book or anything to sell yet? What are you selling then? Simple:  You’re selling a connection to yourself.

Sure, you don’t have a book for sale now, but you will in the future — so you need to connect yourself to interested individuals now so you can inform them of the book release down the road.

You can encourage potential readers to stay connected to you in a few simple ways:

  • Follow you on Twitter
  • Sign up for your free email newsletter
  • Like your Facebook fan page, or befriend you on your personal page
  • Subscribe to the RSS feed for your blog

If you get someone to connect with you in any of these ways (preferably in multiple ways), then you establish a lasting connection with a person that doesn’t likely disappear.

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The Winner’s Post!

C.S. Wilde

Hi Everyone!

So here’s the blog post from B.B, this year’s winner of the Two-Sentence Story Challenge!

B.B. shared some awesome writing tips with us, and her blog is pretty cool, so make sure to check her out at:


Take it away, B.B!

This is my first time ever guest posting, so bear with me while I try to not come off like the ranting lunatic I sometimes tend to be on my blog. After all, I see this a bit like hosting a party in someone else’s apartment: you want it to be fun, but you probably shouldn’t get drunk, take off your shoes and dance on their coffee table either.

Not that I’ve ever done that at parties. I’m just saying.

One thing I see a lot of writers struggling with on the internet is character creation/development and, seeing as this is one thing I’m actually confident…

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A new writing technique.

When plotting my novels I often use a number of different approaches. This present novel I am working on with the two main characters, Deo and Toney, I have use a type of mind mapping to come up with the scenes. And this worked fine.

Learning from other individuals who are more experience than I am at the writing process continues to help me progress my work. I had discovered recently from a writer that a similar mind mapping is used, but this one is used in an Excel sheet. I liked the idea they used and decided that I will formulate the type of structure, if you will, which fuses together my technique and theirs. The objective is to make sure that there is a flow in my novel, as well as to identify any holes which may exist in the work.

Having said this, I do have a few more scenes to work on in this present novel and therefore will attempt to plug in the information into this new structure, and see how it works. I feel that this will be an opportunity for me to test how this new approach works, as I have already completed more than 90% of this present novel.

How it works is like this:
1. On an Excel sheet you put each chapter (for me, I will put each chapter on a new Excel sheet).
2. The next step is to put the various headings or the scenes category. I guess it is really up to the individual writer as to how many scenes they will want to put in each chapter. For me, anything between one or two or even three scenes may be just enough. I really will not want to have too much confusion in the chapter. But again this is just my preference.
3. For each scene I will now have a category entitled the time frames/timelines. In that way it will allow me to keep track of the movement of time. For me this can become very confusing if the storyline is moving forward but I have no idea as to the time frame (the years, months or days).
4. The final category will be entitled the main activities. The various activities that are happening in connection with the time frames/timelines can now be easily tied into the specific scene in the story.

So this will be my new method or experimentation a few like to call it that, on my approach to writing my novels, novellas etc.

If you want to use this method feel free to do so. And in the future, I will try to update you on how this process is working out for me.

My word count grew.

So, I’m writing this story, it started sometime early in the year 2015. Originally, it was supposed to be a short story. As I grew to appreciate following the characters, they started doing things that interested me. As it is, weeks, and months went along, and though originally I started with a plot, there were many surprises along the way. So I said to myself, well I will write a bit more and see what these characters, or scenes eventually look like. Then I struck 20,000 words. But the more I wrote I recognize that there were holes that started to develop, and so I had to fix these. Then some new secondary characters came along, intertwining their lives with that of the main characters. So now the story’s word count has reached to almost 40,000 words. I have an idea of how the story will end but I suspect in a few days the ending in my mind may also change.

An Open Letter to My Left Hand

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Dear Left Hand,

I am sincerely sorry for falling on you and breaking one of Wrist’s bones. It was painful. What might have been worse was the relief I felt when realizing your superior twin, Right Hand didn’t break, because it’s like my, never mind. You have been in a rivalry since birth, but that isn’t what I meant.

Let me start by thanking you for not waking me up at night. It must be difficult while being restricted by the air cast. You’ve never complained, except for when you reflexively tried to grasp the lettuce box as it slipped from Right Hand. I felt that yelp of pain.

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I’m sure you think I like Right Hand best. I use it a lot more often than you and the truth is I find it stronger and more dexterous. So I’ll admit that I am guilty of this favoritism.

I shouldn’t…

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