Many authors have a dream of making a stable living and income from their writing. This dream is difficult to accomplish. The very first step towards being able to become a successful writer is having the ability to forget a connection between readers and fans. Readers and fans who feel that intangible connection with an author are more likely to purchase every book in your backlist, buy new releases, and spread the word about your writing to their friends.
This connection is a key part of building a fan base and readership.
This process is a lot easier said than done, unfortunately. You have to first be noticed by potential readers. From there, you need to catch their attention. Finally, you need to forge that connection with them. It’s hard enough to get noticed by potential readers, let alone keep and hold their attention. There are ways that you can encourage them to remember you, however.
Be a Friendly Internet Presence
A lot of readers connect with writers on the internet. Be a real, fun, and interesting person on the internet, and people will remember you. Engaging with readers and fans is a great way to help build a connection with them. Sure, it takes a little time away from your writing, but the rewards far outweigh the initial investment.
Readers are people too. Never forget that. They want to form relationships with people they’re interested in. Be interesting. Be unique. That doesn’t mean you have to do crazy, wild stunts, either. It just means you have to be yourself. Embrace the things that make you, well, you. If you enjoy photography, take those photographs and share them with your friends and fans on the internet. Let your passions show.
Who knows? Maybe someone who likes your photography, your art, or you other passions will become a fan of your writing as a result. Don’t be afraid to show your true colors, even if you end up painting yourself as a geek, nerd, or someone unusual.
Unusual can be another word for inspiring and interesting.
Be Careful How You Reply to Fans
When a fan or potential reader talks to you on a social media network, take the time to say hello or even a simple thank you if they love your books. That said, be classy when you reply to your fans. Some authors melt down when they receive a negative review of their books. Your writing isn’t you, and scorning readers is a good way to turn your current readers and fans into people who would rather read books written by someone else.
Your About The Author Blurb and Photo
Most people will meet you for the first time through your ‘about the author’ blurb and your photograph. Use a professional image and write a blurb that matches your style and personality. This will help readers forge their initial connection with you.
Just remember, when you write your blurb, your new fans and readers want to know a little bit about your life, so don’t forget to add it in, even if you think it’s boring – it isn’t to those people who want to learn a little more about you.
Kalen’s throne is his saddle, his crown is the dirt on his brow, and his right to rule is sealed in the blood that stains his hand. Few know the truth about the one-armed Rift King, and he prefers it that way. When people get too close to him, they either betray him or die. The Rift he rules cares nothing for the weak. More often than not, even the strong fail to survive.
When he’s abducted, his disappearance threatens to destroy his home, his people, and start a hopeless and bloody war. There are many who desire his death, and few who hope for his survival. With peace in the Six Kingdoms quickly crumbling, it falls on him to try to stop the conflict swiftly taking the entire continent by storm.
But something even more terrifying than the machinations of men has returned to the lands: The skreed. They haven’t been seen for a thousand years, and even the true power of the Rift King might not be enough to save his people — and the world — from destruction.
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Genre - Fantasy
Rating – PG - 13
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