First of all, why should you build a brand? Aren’t authors all about writing books? Brands are for merchandise, aren’t they?
Well, no. Not these days.
Or perhaps a better way to look at it, is that authors (and our books) ARE merchandise, or at least, merchandisable.
In fact, taking it a step further, if you follow (and if you don’t, why not?) well-known authors, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, https://kriswrites.com or her partner, Dean Wesley Smith, https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/ , we should all be considering licensing our products – from ideas, to worlds, to characters, and everything in between, for future merchandising that we control.
So today, the first step – branding, courtesy of Dakota Krout (if you missed it, read more about his phenomenal success and his advice in this earlier post.
Decide on your public face.
Pick a few things about you that you feel represent you as a person – eg. a colour, sense of humour, style of dress – and always use these in any communication, posts, press releases etc.
You can fine tune these things later, don’t be afraid of change, but if you haven’t already, start thinking about them NOW.
STEP TWO – BUILD A FAN BASE
Have the same approach to everyone.
1.Do not criticize.
2.Give honest, sincere appreciation.
3.Become genuinely interested in other people.
4.The only way to get the best of an argument is to not have it.
Obviously, social media is a great place to interact with people, but remember
- When you are socializing, you aren’t writing.
- No one is amazing at all of it.
- Pick a platform or three, work to maximize on there before expanding.
[Dakota had a really great tip about Facebook – if someone sends you a friend request but you don’t want to accept, don’t delete the request, just leave it there, then Facebook will turn them into followers and they will see all your posts. ]
STEP THREE – WHEN SUCCESS STARTS TO BITE
Take care how you scale up
Be smart and stay on track – as a writer you gain the majority of your money in only one way: producing Content.
Hit the word mines!
(If you missed it, I covered what he had to say about Patreon in a previous post)
Once you get there, fans can be turned into SUPERFANS, who will offer to help you with things like social media (running your Facebook page, for example), and even keeping track of your reviews (if you don’t like reading them yourself) and bringing important points to your attention without you needing to take time out. It offers them a sense of being involved – something today’s readers adore.
And at that point, you really know you’ve cracked it!
SO that’s it from Dakota – if you have anything you would like to add, please go ahead: remember, indie authorship is all about sharing and supporting each other.