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Author Tip: How to Brand Yourself

How to Brand Yourself

by Michelle Rene Goodhew

Your author platform will be based on your brand and your brand stems from who you are, how you present yourself and how you are perceived.

Your platform begins with you and you ultimately define your brand. Your brand must start with you and stay true to you.  Your brand is you, heart and soul.

Some people find this part of branding the most difficult. Figuring out how to see yourself as a brand can seem hard to grasp at first but is actually really easy.

You are a fascinating person with all kinds of interesting aspects of yourself that are unique and can be added into your author brand.

What you look like, what you wear, how you pose for pictures, these all can be inviting portions of your brand. Are you fun, are you approachable, and are your interests interesting. What you read makes up part of what inspires you to write, so that is also a portion of who you are and should be included in your brand. This doesn’t mean you should list the books and articles you’ve read, it means the themes and content of those things is a major interest to you and a major influence to your writing.

What are you always searching for on the internet, what are your questions or concerns about being an author, what do you have a passion for, what are you wanting most out of your career as an author and what do you believe you have to offer.

Your Voice:

Your personality shines through your writing. Who you are in your writing will be how you connect emotionally to the public. Be authentic, allow yourself to grow as a writer and project your personality through your writing. Your voice will capture your public and bring them back for more of who you are when you write.

Your Look:

How you portray yourself through your graphics and especially through your head-shot speaks volumes to your growing network. How do you want to be seen, be sure that whatever fashion you choose to be perceived is done through a professional manner. How you look reflects on what you have to offer. It is worth the extra bills to have a professional head-shot done that reflects how you would like to be perceived and possibly gives a clue to your unique voice. When it comes to graphics a picture tells a thousand words and a professional graphics artist usually speaks that language best, hire one.

What You Read:

What you soak up as a reader is absorbed and morphs into a part of what makes you, you. It influences the way you write and what you write about and those concepts and themes become a major portion of your brand.

Your Ideology:

Your beliefs and ideals will come through in your writing, people will recognize these core values and many may be drawn by them, or even put off by them. Beliefs can inspire or repulse. Choose what you wish to share wisely as it will have an impact on your audience.

Your Personal Passion:

Your passion for what you write will speak volumes. Your dreams, desire, and faith in what you share will be heard loud and clear. Speak from your heart with authenticity and your words will move people. In general, people are attracted to what has the ability to move them emotionally in a positive manner.

Your Content:

Your content is your catch; this is how you bait your readers into following your blog and investing in your writing. The content you choose to write about should be relative to who you are and what you are selling.

Your Communication:

How you communicate with others throughout your network is a trait that will attract and keep dedicated followers who will cross promote you. What you say and how you say it creates a personal relationship between you and the people in your network. This is the public’s opportunity to see how you interact with people and they are given the chance to become emotionally invested in you and your brand. What you have to say matters and will reflect on what you have to sell.

Make a list of all of these aspects and you have the portion of your brand that is you. It will be an impressive list when it comes to dreaming up new content for your blog. You are your best resource for ideas and you will find that who you are will be your most successful marketing aspect.

How to Brand YourselfAnother way to map out the brand of You is to make a tree, where you are the trunk and all of these aspects are branches reaching ever outward and defining who you are. Branding yourself is a journey of self-discovery, an enlightening adventure. This journey should not be something to dread, the discovery of who you are fills a deep need for belonging in this world and is one of the most gratifying projects in this book. Who you are will always continue to grow and evolve beyond who you are now. You have everything to look forward to in that this project of You, this portion of your brand, is one great adventure unfolding.

Where to start?

I am a list person, if this project is daunting to you then let’s take it step by step. Get out your notebook and let’s make a list of all of these things that define the You brand first.

  1. what is your gender and your age
  2. how do others see you
  3. how do you want others to see you
  4. what do you read
  5. what do you write
  6. what attracts you to other people
  7. what attracts people to you
  8. what is your best feature
  9. what do you find most interesting
  10. what inspires you
  11. what do you care about and put effort into
  12. who would you like to be in three years
  13. what are your dreams
  14. what is the book you have always wanted to write
  15. what is the book you are scared to write

These questions will reveal what makes you unique; I’m sure you can come up with many of your own questions too. What’s important is that you have this very basic list to begin with. The answers to these questions should give you a sense of direction when it comes to creating content for your blog, writing your books, and marketing yourself. This is the You brand.

Now make a new list of themes you see developing from your list, there are a few ideas for your first blog posts. You are a writer, an individual with a precious and continually growing gift that can now be shared with the world in confidence.


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What Is Being An Indie Author All About

By Michelle Rene Goodhew

If you are an independent author or a writer on your way to becoming published, this articles for you.

Sitting on your laurels and basking in the glow of being published is not necessarily success.

Success is also about amassing a fan base of the work you have written, of receiving the payment that comes from your words being appreciated by a large assortment of the public.

Your book deserves the kind of time and attention that creating a best-seller requires.

I’m not saying that getting to the point of publishing does not deserve a feeling of success, but it may be only a point on the road to success, not a stopping point.

Becoming a successful author is more about a structured system of actions, business savvy, marketing strategy, and your ability to maintain a healthy and positive attitude. You are responsible for discovering just how good things can get, what real and full potential your book has. Becoming a successful author requires that you put in the effort required to give your book its best chances at becoming a worthwhile work of art.

A Structured System of Actions for Indie Authors

A Structured System of Actions:

Get on board with the self-publishing industry. Take the time to establish connections and network your author brand. It’s important to connect with other authors, people involved in the publishing industry such as editors, reviewers, bloggers, readers, journalists, radio hosts, television hosts, producers, directors, media personnel, and graphic designers…anyone in the industry that could help you succeed. Connecting to groups of people that might have an interest in your author brand is a bit more tricky, but enormously necessary in getting the word out there about your new book.

Talk to the people in your network, comment on their posts, wish them happy birthday, laugh with them, cry with them, but make them remember who you are. People that care about you are 95% more likely to purchase your book and recommend it to others. As an author you attain an almost immediate celebrity status, leverage that status with a network you develop through careful consideration of who would be driven or motivated to purchase your book.

That said, know your brand. Read more about author branding here. Knowing your brand is crucial in growing your following and establishing interest in your book before it is published. If you have already published, it won’t hurt to revisit your brand and begin again with a possible rewrite or by starting to establish a larger following by gearing your writing and marketing efforts in relation to your brand.

Indie Author Business Savvy

Business Savvy:

Becoming an independent author is very much similar to becoming a business owner. It is like launching a start-up. Your business as an author requires almost daily attention. It pays to be educated, get to know the publishing industry by reading blogs from other authors or articles and books related to the business of self-publishing. These are resources you can use, and people you can network with, all of which will help serve you on your road to becoming a best-selling author.

Knowledge is power. The questions you have can be the subjects of articles that you write and can begin to amass a following to your blog that you will have created on your author website. Yes, you have to establish certain accounts and will have a schedule and a list of daily actions to perform much like a business owner.

Treating your writing as a business will ensure that you give it the respect that it deserves and the attention that it requires in order to be successful. Just as it requires three years for a business to become established and start to see profits, so will it be for your business of writing. Buckle down and take the necessary steps required to learn the ins and outs of your trade and discover how to make an impact and up your profit margin.

Marketing Strategy for Indie Authors

Marketing Strategy:

After you create your online presence you can begin implementing a marketing strategy immediately, before you publish. Marketing your book is about marketing your author brand and developing your author platform. Do this now so you don’t make the mistake of having to back-track later. It’s no fun to be sitting on a published work with the crickets chirping because no one knows who you are or what you have published.

If you are a shy individual, it’s time to get over it or you’ll most likely never get anywhere in the publishing world and remain a nobody. You can’t expect to reach success without hard work, creative planning, and decisive action. You are now a business owner with a product you need to sell to be successful. Learning about the world of social media will help, understanding marketing strategy will help too, but there is nothing without your ability to take action on what you have learned.

Your marketing strategy will determine the number of books that you sell, period, beyond the purchases of family and friends. And let’s face it, is that really all you’re aiming for, to be published, only recognized by your immediate peers, not having used the huge assortment of assistance, guidance, support, and resources that are available to you. Do you really want your book collecting dust, or are you hoping that a fairly large number of people will enjoy it, dreaming of getting to that place where you can truly feel successful and call yourself an author. Setting up and working a well thought out marketing plan will get you those sales, and it’s worth it.

Healthy and Positive Attitude for Indie Authors

Your Ability to Maintain a Healthy and Positive Attitude:

In the publishing industry, success can be more easily acquired if you maintain the right mindset. It is important to remember that you live in a universe of abundance. That when you think a thought, at least ten thousand other souls are thinking of something along the same lines. A person with a positive outlook would see that as ten thousand possible purchases already attained from the point of concept in creating their best-seller. That ten thousand people would find your subject matter intriguing and would be inspired to buy your book is a completely realistic idea.

The world’s population is currently 7.3 billion people, that brings your immediate readership to a statistic of .00000137 percent of the world’s population at the moment you thought of your plot. If ten thousand people buy your book, you are already a best-selling author. The odds are already stacked in your favor. You can break onto the New York Times Bestseller List in certain categories with sales as small as 3,000 copies sold. It all depends on the category of your book and what else you’re competing with in a certain week. Three thousand copies, Can you believe it? If your wonderful book doesn’t make it, remember that there are many other marketing tools that can help propel your title just as well: other newspaper lists, awards, editor’s recommendations, reviews, and word of mouth. If your book is good, people will find it and love it!


So it’s time to get your head in the game. You are responsible for using the resources you have at your disposal in your marketing efforts in order to catapult your book to success. What’s that old motto, you don’t know until you try? Well doesn’t your mark on the world deserve your best efforts just to see how many people will experience the appreciation of what you have created? This is your baby, treat it as such, and give it the care and attention it deserves.


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You Should Do It –

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I would become an entrepreneur and start a publishing house. I would love to market books and publications all over the globe and meet new people.

I would have a flat in Australia, London, and also in the Mediterranean. I would be in heaven if I could  put this plan together. I would still spend a good amount of time at home in the Pacific Northwest to be near both my mom and my daughter, they are angels in my life.

I would illustrate and write too, work on my graphic novel which is a larger endeavor than I thought.

I am starting to plan. I am making the most of the time that I have free to brainstorm and research. I have a great passion for doing art, for books, and for people. I would love to learn of new places that would whisper to my wanderlust and just soak up all that I can in this short existence.

I am networking and asking questions, hoping I will make the best decisions toward my goal. Trusting that I will meet up with the right people who I can learn
from.

by Michelle Rene Goodhew