January hops onto the map like a young kangaroo, with not one but two BABS meetings. We’re in Belvedere Monday and in San Francisco on Wednesday, with two different groups hearing about tools for book launches and author platforms.
I’m excited to get my concept of independent book launches out onto the round table of our group. House launches, (I call traditional publishing “house” publishing), the source of great excitement in decades gone by, have very little in common with Indie launches. That’s what I’ll be talking about at this week’s meetings. Wednesday night in San Francisco, Anne Hill will shine more light on the author platform. Sign up here: BABS
The past three months, I’ve enjoyed the initiation of a formal ePub Club. Well, formal might be a bit of an exaggeration. Five of us meet on the phone and make use of Google docs and spreadsheets to move forward with a variety of tasks to help our ebook discovery. This month we will all get up to speed on Google Hangouts so we can build a presence on YouTube. See the Club Checklist tab for more information on how to create an ePub Club.
JANUARY AUTHOR PLATFORM CLASSES
Also in January, I am offering two one-night classes for authors. On January 24th, authors will learn the basics of an author platform. At the end of the class, every participant will know what to do next. On January 30th, authors will start creating their outreach system to build a readership. This class is good for people who attended the first class, or authors who already have some web presence established and want to expand. Go to this page of Bel-Tib Rec and scroll to the bottom:
Author Platform Classes at Bel-Tib Recreation Department
BECOME A SUPPORTING MEMBER
Bay Area Bloggers Society has grown to over 600 members. This month we are offering a new option which will help us serve this large group with better venues and content. You can now become a Supporting Member at $30 per year. After January, BABS meetings will be $5.00 for the public, and free for Supporting Members, who will also be notified about meetings before they are announced publicly. We’ve had waiting lists for most of our meetings, so this is one way to help those most interested secure a seat. The membership dues will help pay for the Meetup site, allow us to reserve bigger venues, attract better speakers, and of course, more chocolate! If you’re on the Meetup site, you’ll receive an email describing all this in detail.
MANAGE THOSE REVIEWS
My second e-course, “Managing Reviews,” is available on Amazon. The continuum of a launch has a whole lot to do with effective and appropriate reviews. If you only have time to learn one thing about your author platform this month, I recommend this e-course. Reviews are not what they appear to be. Amazon is stripping reviews from author pages left and right. You need to know what works and what will result in a lot of disappointment. For an investment of a couple of hours and $3.99, you’ll be way ahead of the curve in this department.
Anne Hill and I are calling 2013 the year of Cutting-Edge Publishing. One thing I can tell you about that: It takes a village. Join us. We are having fun making our books and digital products discoverable.