Well, it has been a pretty intense and very informative last 24 hours. Yesterday from 4pm to 9pm and today 10am to about 2:30pm I was participating in an Online Writing Conference sponsored by www.MasterKoda.com. (Kim did awesome job putting it together and I believed I learned at least one thing from each speaker that I can actually apply to my novel: I hope to get it out, in the market, within the next few months.)
I will be honest I didn’t know if I was going when I first about and I wasn’t sure what it was all about. However I am very glad that I did go as I learned so much and met some really positive and energetic people.
I have learned the Master Koda Online Writing Conference. . .
- How to find my target audience. . . You should have at least a 10 year age range, and your genre mentioned, gender, employment class, location: as not everyone is going to enjoy every type of book.
- How to use facebook, twitter and my blog for networking. . . You need to create a platform, how people can connect with you and your work. Blogs and websites are great ways to express yourself, (and they don’t cost as much as you think.)
- How important a cover really is to appeal your readers. . . Colors pull people in as well as the flow of the picture, theme and font of the title. How do you want to be represented?
- How important a “signature speech” for marketing your book and to make you look more professional and organized. . . You need a clear, precise message to tell the readers what you and your book are all about. (Posting pieces of the speech here and there is also a good way to market your book as well.)
- How important to market and get a fan base before you book is out on the market. . . It pulls people in and that way you have hungry readers who want your book right away.
- How formatting and grammar can make or break a book. . . You always need to check your novels at least five times before sending it out. Publishers do not always edit your book; so make sure it done just in case. The first paragraph needs to pull the reader in.
As for myself, I learned first of I need to be consistent with facebook, twitter, and my blog . . . I need to use my pen name for my writing references and use my other pages for my personal life. The more organized I am, the more professional I look and the more people will take me seriously as a writer. I made some new links strictly for my writing.