One morning you wake up and there is this character walking around inside your head. He or she is begging you to tell their story, but what should you call them and who are they really? They must have some sort of back story and history to make the story complete.
Here are few websites that will help you flesh out your character and maybe find a side kick for them too.
Today I’m going to tell you about Authonomy.com. This what they have to say on their website
“If you’re a writer, authonomy is the place to show your face – and show off your writing on the web. Whether you’re unpublished, self-published, looking to get published, or just getting started, all you need is a few chapters to start building your profile online, and start connecting with the authonomy writing community.”
The website is sponsored by Harper Collins Publishing. Be prepared with a short (25 words) description of your book and a longer one too. To share your book and get reviews you must publish 10,000 words or more. I just started today with them I”ll let you know how it goes or I’ll see you over there. If you do join, let me know and we can share reviews.
I probably should have put this one as the first place to advertise your book. http://www.goodreads.com. Has a lot going on for writers on their website. First you must join for free as a member who reads books. They will ask for ten books you have read and have you rate them.
You can also import your friends from Facebook and Twitter and see what they have been reading.
After waiting for a day, you can submit your book into their data base. From there you can join groups. The first one I joined is called Pure Indie Promotion. This group encourages you to promote your book to others and let them know about promotions.
Amazon just acquired Good Reads, so it’s another good reason to join.
What I’ve written here really only touches the basics of what you can do on Good Reads. So off with you now and get promoting.
Here is another website that you can promote your book for free. Be sure to have an author bio ready and a synopsis of your book and a book cover ready too. They will also ask for your website, twitter and Amazon link.
Here is another place to advertise your writing. Not only can you advertise there, you may also let people know about special promotions and events. Just click on the tab that says contact me. http://www.newbookjournal.com
Do your characters eat in your story? A lot of readers love to have the recipes. Especially book clubs. When they get together to talk about your book, they also like to prepare foods that are described in the story. In my book Let The Good Times Roll, two young boys squabble over a left piece of blue berry la tart.
To give the reader a more tangible connection to my story, I add pictures and music clips too on my website page for that book.
Here is another perk I like about Smashwords. You can offer a coupon with your book and use it to advertise it where ever you choose. The coupon was available instantly and you can pick how long the coupon is good for. I created a coupon that makes my book free from today until September 5th. Since my book is for children, I like to think of it as a back to school special.
I was recently asked to help illustrate a children’s book and used my Art Rage software to do it. If you are working on a project that needs illustrations this is the way to go. The learning curve is short and the results are pretty cool.