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    Build a Platform & Start Blogging

    Every writer can benefit from having a platform from which to promote their work. And for writers of non-fiction, it’s critical. Here you’ll learn the basics, including setting up a blog, strategies for effective blogging, and how to make your platform a revenue generator as well.

    The Basics of Building a Writer’s Platform

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    If you want to sell more books or simply get your name out there, a writer’s platform is essential. Chuck Sambuchino, author of Create Your Writer Platform explains what a platform is … Read more

    16 Blogging Tips For Writing Fresh Content & Attracting Readers

    Get Published With an Author's Platform | Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz

    If you already write a blog or are thinking of creating one, you’ll need to know how to attract and keep your readers interested. Today’s tip comes from Christina Katz’s book Get … Read more

    Take Your Author Website to the Next Level

    Is your online home ready for visitors—say, editors, agents and your future fans? Tidy up your digital den with our blueprint for success. Read more

    Top 10 Blogging Tips: How to Turn Your Blog Into a Book

    If you’d like to quickly amass content for a book—without the pressure of actually having to work on one—consider blogging a book. Blogging is a fast and simple way to generate a … Read more

    10 Foolproof Tips to Launch a Regional Writing Conference

    No writers conferences in your area? No worries. Follow these 10 foolproof tips to launch your own regional writing conference. Read more

    50 Simple Ways to Build Your Platform in 5 Minutes a Day

    If you’re the kind of writer who prefers being read and selling your work as opposed to being an unknown starving writer (who doesn’t?), here are 50 quick, simple ways to launch your platform into action and climb your way to success. Read more

    Writer’s Workout Exclusive

    Download a free motivational poster to keep you moving as your build your writing career. Read an Excerpt! Learn how to cultivate clarity, inventory ideas, write richly, and serve up words. About … Read more

    Writer’s Workout Excerpt

    Excerpt from The Writer’s Workout by Christina Katz CULTIVATE CLARITY When you write something needlessly prolix and convoluted, there’s a reason for it, and that reason is usually a lack of clarity … Read more

    Writer’s Workout

    The Writer’s Workout: 366 Tips, Tasks, & Techniques from Your Writing Career Coach by Christina Katz Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1-59963-179-0 ISBN-10: 1-59963-179-2 $19.99 paperback, 384 pages Buy the Book! Read … Read more

    How to Keep Some Privacy When Using Social Media

    In an age when both working and aspiring writers are expected to be “out there” more than ever before, privacy has become a luxury unaffordable to those of us not named Stephen … Read more

    10 Ways Writers Lose Blog Traffic and Alienate Readers

    As a food and travel writer, I rely on my blog as my lifeline. It helps me connect with my readers and is a wonderful platform to make my voice heard. But … Read more

    5 Excellent Tips for Platform Building

    This past weekend, I had the honor of keynoting the Writers’ League of Texas Agents Conference in Austin.

    During that weekend, I also had the opportunity to hear some wonderful advice from other publishing experts. Here’s some excellent online marketing advice I heard. All are direct quotes unless in brackets. Read more

    Listen Free: The Future of Authorship & Publishing

    Yesterday, I was a guest on The Best People We Know Show with Deb Scott, on BlogTalkRadio. It’s already ranked #4 in popularity in the writing category. Read more

    2 Free Opportunties to Hear Experts Speak

    Tomorrow (June 9) there are two FREE opportunities to get advice on writing and publishing. Read more

    Free E-Book on Building Readership by Cory Doctorow

    Portrait by Jonathan Worth My most popular post (so far) this year, 5 Free E-Books Every Writer Needs, could’ve benefited from one more addition: The Problem Isn’t Piracy, The Problem Is Obscurity … Read more

    Do You Have a Marketing Support Network?

    This month at Writer Unboxed, I discuss one of the invisible aspects of your platform that directly impacts your success: Your relationships. Click here to read “A Critical Marketing Secret: Don’t Go … Read more

    6 Key Components of an Online Author Platform

    Next week, on June 2, I’ll be teaching a live, online class on building your author platform. To help make “platform” more understandable and approachable as a topic, I’ve boiled it down … Read more

    8 Things Readers Want From Self-Published Authors

    My post last week, The “Self-Pub Is Crap” Debate, has probably generated more comments than any other post in 2011. Reviewing the comments provides an excellent to-do list of how self-published authors … Read more

    Should You Self-Publish After a Near-Miss?

    Writers often ask if it’s wise or helpful to self-publish their work if they have “near-misses” with agents or publishers. There’s no one answer that works for everyone. But I’ll try to … Read more

    Is Email the New Blogging?

    The meme these days seems to be that e-mail newsletters (or content marketing through e-mail) is the new blogging. Actually, I lie. It’s a fairly old meme—I can at least trace it … Read more

    Midlist Nonfiction Books: Too Much Effort for Too Little Return?

    Pictured above: A slide from Margaret Atwood’s marvelous presentation at TOC on the future for authors When it comes to non-narrative nonfiction books, I don’t think of the authors of these books … Read more

    How to Start a Successful Newsletter

    Next week, I’m teaching an online class on how to start a successful e-mail newsletter. This is a topic I’ve covered here at No Rules before, but this class will allow me … Read more

    How to Build Your Website Without Knowing Code

    Today I sent out the latest issue of my e-mail newsletter, which I call “3 Happy Things.” Each issue has a different theme, and this one focused on how to build a … Read more

    5 Innovative Poets to Watch & Learn From

    As everyone knows, you can’t make a living from writing and selling poetry. Or can you? Well, it IS next to impossible to make a living by only writing poems. Sometimes I … Read more

    Helpful Insights for Self-Publishing Novelists

    I moderated a panel at SXSW called The Self-Publishing Novelist, which included insights from 3 experienced experts: John Sundman. Read an interview with John here, Building an Enthusiastic Fan Base as a … Read more

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