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Since I can't really focus on any one topic right now to save my life, I thought I would share with you a couple of the links to blog posts I've read that have been helpful.
First, I've been working on plot development for a second book using the characters from Finding Meara. I'd always planned to write more about Hazel and Arden, but thought I'd have some time before I needed to start. Self-publishing wisdom indicates I need to get a second book out as soon as possible after the first, so I'm casting around the dark recesses of my brain for an interesting, book worthy plot idea.
I've worried about marketing ideas for quite a while, even before deciding to self-publish. It's no secret that the weight of the majority of marketing falls on an author these days. With self-published books increasing by 287% since 2006, the competition for a self-published author to gain positive attention and readers is at an all time high. The post The New Path to Writing Success by Jon Bard on the Writer Unboxed site was both enlightening and uplifting, but the link to the post How to Build a Network of Fans on Mr. Bard's own site was marketing gold. In the post he gives several practical and not at all difficult ways to connect to the ever-elusive reader. It was after reading this post that I decided I needed to go ahead and get my own website going, and soon. Hopefully, before the end of November, I'll have a shiny new website to show off, and can start implementing some of his ideas.
It's quite fun to list Laura Howard today, because I actually met her through the My Name Is Not Bob Platform Building Challenge in April. Between then and now her blog has become a hot spot for Indie reviews, interviews and information. She's also super nice!
Have you read any posts in the last several weeks you've found helpful? If so, feel free to share in the comments!