Welcome Guest Blogger and Author Catrina Taylor

Welcome Catrina Taylor of Xarrok.com ! I’m so happy to have you here on my blog and offering some great tips on Marketing ourselves as  Authors. The is platform is yours….

Becoming a writer is easy, being successful enough to earn a living from it is a whole other story.

 In today’s industry, millions are diving into the self publication ‘craze’ and generating pages upon pages of stories. Some are stories retold from history, others are original with strong undertones of previously established situations, but all of them are the blood, sweat and tears of their creators. Well, the good ones are anyway.
Independent artists of all forms have been faced with challenge after challenge establishing their name and style as a brand. Authors have not been untouched. Unlike in the days of the big publishing house powerhouse, authors are able to move directly into conversation with the readers, giving them more flexibility and personality than a big publisher. This appeals to many readers and authors.
Social media has become an empowering resource when it is used correctly. How can an author use this correctly? The answer to that question is far simpler than most realize. I’m including a few simple tips to getting started. You will find that they are only the beginning and that utilizing social media to enable you is as much a learning process as life, but the tips below give you a solid foundation to build from.
1 – DO introduce yourself when the opportunity presents.
–    >Do not introduce yourself with links to your books, links to your facebook fan page, or fan group.
2 – DO jump into conversation that fits your personality, knowledge, experiences
–    > Do not make each conversation about your book, links, facebook fan page, or group
3 – DO ask questions of those you interact with, and respond with honest answers.
–    > Do not make the questions constantly about your book, facebook fan page, or group (peppering them in at times is fine)
4 – DO suggest other people’s work (this could be writing, services, knowledge, exercise methods and any variety of other things you may encounter)
–    > Do no make the suggestions only about your work, achievements, books, fanpage.
5 – DO find out what the person you’re talking to is about. (what are their interests? Hobbies? Work?)
–    > Do not make that conversation about you
Keeping the conversation lighthearted, friendly and personal lends personality to you and your product. This brings people who enjoy your time into your world. This interaction will lead to opportunities to discuss what you do, how you do it and how you bring your work before the world. It also means that when the opportunities present themselves to you, you will be able to discuss the information with someone who is genuinely interested in you and your work.
About My Guest:
 A unique author with a passion for her family, Catrina Taylor is in love with the written word. As an avid reader she finds her mind enjoys the worlds created uniquely in Fantasy, Science Fiction and various crossover genre. As an author, she most often plays in a universe of her own creation.
Introducing us to the imaginary world of Xarrok, she has hooked readers, waiting to see where her imagination takes us next.When she is not playing in the universe of her mind, she is playing with her children who she encourages to follow her passion for words, and excel in every area they show interest. In fact, this talented word smith finds that life through their eyes is a constant lesson in self discovery, happiness and curiosity.

Inspired by her everyday world of family, infused with an unquenched curiosity, and gifted with the ability to take us to places we could never have imagined, Catrina Taylor is an author who promises to keep you fully immersed in a world of wonder and intrigue, waiting for more.



About Elizabeth Delana Rosa

Elizabeth Delana Rosa has always been a writer and reader. When she first learned letter and words in Kindergarten, she wrote about pigs who “groo” wings and became “butterfys.” Elizabeth knew way back then that she would have a love affair with books. They have overtaken her life and have been a constant companions. Now over 20 years later, that love flows over into writing blogs, reviews, poetry and fantasy novels. Her blog recently broke the 3000 followers mark.

Posted on July 23, 2012, in Author Etiquette. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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