Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge Day 20: Make New Connections

Welcome to the last day of the Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge. I hope you’ve had as much fun as I did in the last month. To check out previous tasks, go here. Search for Yourself on the Internet Use Google, Bing, Yahoo and whatever other search engine you can think of. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll definitely be surprised at what you’ll find. This exercise gives you a good idea of what people will find when they search for you. You might be surprised at how many people share your name. If there’s nothing there: don’t […]

Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge Day 19: The Value of Guest Posts and Interviews

Welcome to day 19 of the Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge. We’re almost done with #AuthorOPChal. If you’re just joining us, catch up on tasks here. The point of your author online presence is to reach out to your target audience (your thousands of online followers, book buyers and adoring fans around the world) and to connect with other writers, experts, editors, publishers, agents, book sellers, librarians, etc. How do you do that, exactly? Through guest posts and interviews. The Value of Guest Posts and Interviews You want to be interviewed when your book comes out (blog tours are […]

Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge Day 18: Join Goodreads

Welcome to task 18 of the Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge. As always, you can check out previous posts here. Today’s task is fairly simple: go to Goodreads and sign up. Join Goodreads Why? It’s an important part of your author online presence. Just like you shouldn’t trust a cook who doesn’t eat, you shouldn’t trust a writer who doesn’t read. Like Stephen King said in On Writing: “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.” I wrote an article on Ronel the Mythmaker on why you should add […]

Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge Day 17: Publicise Your Blog Post

Welcome to day 17 of the Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge. Check out previous tasks here. You’ve probably figured out that everything is connected, that each task does something for another. Today’s task will be impossible if you didn’t join Twitter, join Facebook, join Google+, join Pinterest (or your choice of a visual platform), and write a blog post or two. Publicise Your Blog Post You’ve probably already linked your blog to all of your social media networks under the publicise feature. That means you’ve already shared your blog post the moment it went live. But that doesn’t mean […]

Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge Day 16: Read a Blog Post and Comment

Welcome to day 16 of the Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge. Can you believe it’s been three weeks? To catch up on previous tasks, go here. Read a Blog Post and Comment on it Before we get to that, first set up your Gravatar. That way, each time you comment your author photo automatically appears as well as a link to your blog. If you have a WordPress.com blog, you already have a Gravatar. Everyone else should go to https://en.gravatar.com/ and create your avatar. What Is Gravatar?  An “avatar” is an image that represents you online—a little picture that […]

Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge Day 15: Write a Blog Post and Include a Call to Action

Welcome to day 15 of the Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge. For previous tasks, go here. Today’s post is about blogging, so make sure you did Task 1: Set up your Author Blog. Write a Blog Post and Include a Call to Action A call to action can be a lot of things. Though, the pop-up is a favourite among some. A lot of people will tell you to add a huge pop-up on your blog to attract subscribers. I’ve been on blogs where the pop-up covers all the text with no way to close it except filling in […]

Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge Day 13: Join Wattpad

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Welcome to day 13 of the Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge. To catch up on previous tasks, go here. Remember task 11? You had to share your writing. This task is for the same reason, only on a much larger scale. Join Wattpad Why? Because I said so 😉 Seriously, being on a writing platform like Wattpad is good for your writing, your online presence and for you as a writer. Being on a writing platform has several benefits, as explained in my post “9 Reasons Why Wattpad is Good for your Writing”. Reason 1 Wattpad is good for […]