I’ve had some questions on how I built my platform and created my business so I’m taking this time to:
- Show you how I transformed this blog into a site so many people actually read (I don’t know why, but you’ve come flocking and I’m grateful)
- Thank people who’ve helped me. You deserve to be recognised—I couldn’t have reached 4,500 overall site views in less than three months without you
- Shamelessly plug my new editing services and some great writers
Rule One: Support other people
My first priority whether I’m writing, blogging, editing or reading is helping other people. I believe in karma. And no, it’s not in the sense that I’ll be paid back for my efforts. Rather, I believe I’ll be assisting, and seeing others happy makes my life worth it.
Whether I add a few site hits, a comment that makes someone’s day, or a referral that boosts sales, I’m always trying to be the best blogger I can be. Here are my ‘rules':
- I must read and comment on multiple blogs a day.
- I must Tweet links that will help writers or bloggers.
- I must Facebook-link articles that benefit writers or bloggers.
Rule Two: Write for an audience
This is the volume of readers I'm aiming for
Rambles will always attract fewer viewers that articles that give useful information to readers. Here’s a question:
Would you rather read someone blubbering about their horrible Work In Progress (WIP) novel or sharing tips on how they found their agent?
So, here’s what I do:
- Write posts with similar topics/content that I’d like to read
- Give out information to the best of my ability that’s true and interesting
The best platforms for writers and bloggers
Rule Three: Use the top social media sites for your interests
Here’s what I do when I post new articles:
- Post links to Writer’s Digest Community (See ‘Links for fiction writing’ for detailed information on the site): I post to the relevant groups on WDC for the content in my article
- Tweet links to my posts with the relevant most popular hashtags for writers.
- Facebook links to writing groups, my profile and my Editing Services Page.
- Tag my posts with the most popular WordPress ‘Topics’. For me these are: writing (most common referer), fiction, and books.
- I also post to other sites with links if I think it’s relevant such as: Ladies Who Critique and discussions on Amazon like this one.
Don’t SKIP this part (please?)–These people helped me and you deserve to meet them
Melissa Foster— “Melissa Foster is as kind as she is successful. With her experience, Melissa is the best advocate for writing, publishing and marketing. Hands down.” – Rebecca Berto, Editor.
If you don’t know her, she’s a bestselling author and award-winner. Visit her at: her website, her Amazon Page, the site she runs: World Literary Café, her Facebook Page, or Twitter.
Christine Nolfi–Indie Author with 4.5-star reviews on Amazon.
She’s plugged our interview, ‘Author Interview with Christine Nolfi: traditional and self-publishers, and writerly advice’ more times than I have. She’s a great writer to support. Visit her at: her blog, her Amazon Page, her Facebook Page, or Twitter.
The Book Designer—Practical advice to help build better books
I was listed in the Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #15 and received a huuuuge number of hits (I think it was a lot, anyway). See my articles here.
Bloggers who nominated me for awards—The best compliment is having others appreciate your efforts
I’m sorry I can’t link everyone to your blogs but thank you to all of these lovely people/blogs: Springfieldfem, H. Conrad Miller, Rilla Z, Peggy Isaacs, W. R. Woolf, worshipandswag, Kate Policani, The writer, the reviser, the visualizer, Pragya, Judy, matthewcook, and anyone else I missed!
Laura Pepper Wu–creator of Ladies Who Critique
She posted my photo and services next to Wendy Tokunaga, Caroline Leavitt (Pictures of You), and Cathy Yardley! Enough said. Visit her at: her blog, LWC site, LWC Facebook Page, Twitter.
Phil Whitmarsh—from Self Publishing, Inc.
Phil contacted me because he liked my articles and to cut a long story short he agreed to PUBLISH my ‘Best advice I’ve learned’ series on upcoming newsletters from Self Publishing, Inc. These newsletters are circulated to 70,000 subscribers! Check back in a couple of weeks when I can give you links to see them! :)
The launch of my Novel Girl Facebook page!
Please support me! (One-click link on Home page or if you click this photo)
I grabbed an ABN (Australian Business Number) a few months ago in case I found some editing work. Then I built a blog. Then I found writer and blogger friends. Then I setup my Editing Services (officially).
And now I’ve had several requests! That’s my story—compacted.
Thank you to the people who re-Tweeted my Tweets, to Melissa Foster and Laura from LWC for advertising, and everyone else who’s referred me or shared the word! My business wouldn’t have been such a success without you!
Yes, this is a plug. And I should feel embarrassed for plugging myself when I should be talking about writing, editing, publishing or books but … I’m too happy.
Matthew DiConti is a client of mine. You should check out his site, Twitter, or Facebook Page to learn more about him. He’s a wonderful writer and I’ll always have a soft spot for his faith in me so early on in my business’ life!
I might also be working with talented author A.J. Maguire (blog and Amazon Page).
Thank you to everyone who’s contributed to my success. If I haven’t mentioned you it’s not because I forgot about you—it’s because I’m spinning and I’ve been in this dazed state of excitement for almost three months now. Yes, Novel Girl is a few days away from its 3 month birthday. I have 4,500 overall site views, 166 WordPress subscribers, and editing clients. W-O-W.