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Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: “What is a Writer’s Platform, Why Do You Need One, How Do You Get One?”
The blog posts from Dystel & Goderich Literary Management www.dystel.com and Fuse Literary http://www.fuseliterary.com/blog are examples of the level of support that experts give to writers so that you can navigate this dynamic world of publishing.
So, you have a finished manuscript. Oh happy day! Celebrate!
What next? If you want your book to be more than a personal legacy for your family and friends, there are two sets of tasks to perform on your writer’s journey.
· Hire an editor who has experience editing your genre.
· While your editor is busy at work, you are also busy at work taking care of the business side of being a writer. If you haven’t been building your platform, it’s time now (before pitching and sending queries to agents and acquisition editors at publishing houses).
The focus of this post is on platform-building. What is a writer’s platform? Why do you need one? How do you get one?
The question: “What kind of platform does this author have?” (asked by agents and acquisition editors) = “How many books can this author sell right now, on her own/his own?” At this point, your manuscript (a polished one) becomes a commodity (whether your book is fiction or nonfiction).
Of course if you are already a celebrity author or a best-selling author, the agent can pitch you to acquisition editors with ease, and in turn, acquisition editor can pitch you to the sales team and publisher with ease. The publisher will then offer you a big advance (because they know that your fans are likely to buy your book); they’ll make money, you’ll make money.
However, what if you do not have a huge fanbase? What can you do to attract the people who have the power to help you and your book go far and wide?
The answer is: Making your name stand for something—to attract target consumers— who are likely to buy what you have to sell (from page 1 of my workbook Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days).
Let’s take a look – making your name stand for something – that “something” is the core theme in your book. If you do not know what your core theme is, hopefully members in your critique group and the editor you have hired will know. You need to know what your book is about.
Example: the core themes in my novel Love Made of Heart are: daughter-mother relationship; mental illness; family violence.
The core theme in a book is the bait that attracts your target consumers. The target consumers are your fans.
Fact: Your loyal fans (people who care about you) are likely to buy what you have produced.
Fact: Your prospective fans (people who care about what you care about / the core themes in your book) also are likely to buy what you have produced.
1. You know who your loyal fans are. However, do you know how to articulate your themes to them so that they can broadcast for you? I say: “You can ‘train’ them.”
2. How do you find your prospective fans? I say: “Reach out, not stress out. Help them find you.”
You can accomplish both… through the appearance of your platform statement.
I reiterate: “Make your name stand for something—to attract target consumers— who are likely to buy what you have to sell.”
Example (for my fiction and narrative nonfiction): My name is Teresa LeYung-Ryan. Through my books and monologues, I encourage adult children of mentally ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas.
Another example: My name is Teresa LeYung-Ryan. Through my novel Love Made of Heart, I help survivors of family violence speak openly about the stigmas.
Example (for my how-to books): I am Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan. Through my workbook Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days, I teach writers how to attract attention from agents, editors, publishers, media, book buyers, and readers.
Where would you showcase your platform statement?
Email signature block; business card; website; blog; YouTube channel; press releases; social media; query letters; book proposals; your bio; photo file names and photo captions . . . Where else?
Learn more. On Sunday, August 28, 2016, 2:00-5:00pm -
Join me (Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan– Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days) and Valerie Haynes Perry–Write the Book You Want: Be Your Own Coach and Luan Stauss--owner of and book buyer for Laurel Book Store in a three-hour workshop -
for you and your friends who identify yourselves as serious writers
at Laurel Book Store (near the 12th St. BART station in Oakland, California)
We will address the following topics:
- Build your name, platform, and fanbase to hook attention before publication
- Maintain clarity, self-confidence, and motivation to bring your own book into being
- Expand your knowledge of the moving parts that comprise the publishing industry and make savvy choices
Register online: http://www.laurelbookstore.com/event/where-are-you-your-writers-journey $25.00 SKU: EVENT828
I cheer for you!
Reach out, not stress out. I wish you a joyful writer’s journey!
Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan
Teresa LeYung-Ryan here wishing you “Happy writing, rewriting, and building your name!” I am teaming up with Valerie Haynes Perry and Luan Stauss to deliver a new version of my workshop “Where Are You On Your Writer’s Journey?” I remember having fun conducting my monthly class at Boadecia’s Books (I am thinking of you, angel Suzanne Corson) and I am excited now to collaborate with Valerie and Luan.
Please tell your writer-friends about:
Where are YOU on YOUR WRITER’S JOURNEY?
Sunday, August 28th , 2016, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Laurel Book Store, 1423 Broadway, near the 12th St. BART station in Oakland
COST: $25.00 with a capacity for 20 writers
Sign up by Wed, Aug. 24th http://www.laurelbookstore.com/event/where-are-you-your-writers-journey
Join Luan Stauss, Teresa LeYung-Ryan and Valerie Haynes Perry in this three-hour workshop for those who identify themselves as serious writers. The panel will address the following topics:
* Maintain clarity, self-confidence, and motivation to bring your own book into being
* Build your name, platform, and fanbase to hook attention before publication
* Expand your knowledge of the moving parts that comprise the publishing industry and make savvy choices
Valerie Haynes Perry (motivational writer, author, coach) says: “I motivate serious writers to embrace the experience of completing their own books and encouraging fellow writers.” motivationalwriting.com Write the Book You Want—Be Your Own Coach, Listening Out Loud—A Friend to the Serious Writer, Write, Read, Listen—Your Handy Writing Coach; and four novels – Tanner Blue, Painted Deserts, Music for the Dream, and Members
Teresa LeYung-Ryan (manuscript consultant, author, fanbase-building coach) says: “I can help you focus on your themes to rewrite with ease and build your writer’s platform to attract attention now.” WritingCoachTeresa.com Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase in 22 Days—Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW; Love Made of Heart: a Daughter Finds Herself through Witnessing Her Mother’s Mental Illness (novel)
Luan Stauss (owner of and book buyer for Laurel Book Store since 2001) says: “The books I want in the store are the ones I want to read and put in the hands of other readers.” laurelbookstore.com
Click the link below for a ticket to the event and to reserve the books written by the presenters.
You can also call or email the store to reserve a spot. 510-452-9232 or firstname.lastname@example.org
COST: $25.00 with a capacity for 20 writers Sign up by Wednesday, August, 24th.
The novel: Love Made of Heart: a Daughter Finds Herself Through Witnessing Her Mother’s Mental Illness
Author & Platform/Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan encourages everyone to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day/California Bookstore Day on Saturday May 2nd, 2015
Find booksellers in your area http://www.indiebound.org and visit them!
Author & Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan celebrates Independent Bookstore Day/California Bookstore Day
May 2, 2015, 4:30pm at Laurel Book Store
1423 Broadway (near 12th Street BART station), Oakland, CA 94612
Luan Stauss, owner of Laurel Book Store, says:
We will have hourly drawings for prizes!
10am Start your day with scones from Tart! Bakery while they last.
http://cabookstoreday.com says: Just what does IBD celebrate?
Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.
Cheers to booksellers and all book lovers!
author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (workbook)
author of the novel Love Made of Heart: a Daughter, a Mother, a Journey Through Mental Illness (used in college courses and archived at the San Francisco History Center)
More than ten years ago, if my super-agent Stacey Glick hadn’t landed a big publisher–Kensington in New York (insightful editor John Scognamiglio; good-energy publisher Laurie Perkin; Debbie Tobias was Sales Director; Lou Malcangi was art director, by the way . . . booksellers do judge a book by its cover; Libba Bray, who is now a New York Times bestselling author of young adult books, for book jacket copy; Jacquie Edwards for copy editing; and everyone at Kensington and their associates), I would not have had the opportunity to experience the publishing industry from that perspective . . . which then gave me the credentials to talk about “who” really is the most qualified person to build the author’s platform and fanbase.
Also, ten years ago . . . if not for independent sales reps (especially Nancy Suib and Anne Shulenberger), mentors at Kensington Publishing Corp. (especially Mary B. Morrison and Mary Monroe), booksellers (especially Anny Clevens at Borders, Luan Stauss of Laurel Books, Kate at Books, Inc., Mike and Tricia at Barnes & Noble), my husband, family and friends (from my personal circles, California Writers Club/Jack London Writers Conference, Women’s National Book Association, East Bay Regional Park District, Kim McMillon network, teachers, librarians, readers from far and near, and advocates who cheered for me — whether they revealed themselves, or not, to me) . . . my mother-daughter love story Love Made of Heart would not have “seen” so many birthdays. I am eternally grateful.
Happy Birthday, protagonist Ruby Lin!
Happy Birthday, Vivien Lin (Ruby’s mom)
Happy Birthday, Mrs. Nussbaum (Ruby’s neighbor / mentor)!
Happy Birthday, Dr. Gloria Thatcher (Ruby’s confidant)!
Happy Birthday, Emily, Vincent, and all supporting characters!
In other words . . . Happy 10th Anniversary of Love Made of Heart (my first novel)!
I didn’t know it at the time; my platform was in the closing statement to the audience every time I read a passage from my book Love Made of Heart (even before publication). A year after the hardcover edition was released, my editor at Kensington told me that they were going to release the trade-paperback edition. So, I wrote “Author’s Note to Reader” and Kensington added that page to the book. I thank the dear readers who had read the hardcover edition and asked me what/who was my muse and why I wrote about tabooed subject matter.
“Author’s Note to Reader”
Thank you for letting me share Ruby Lin’s story with you. Many readers have asked me what the characters in the novel have done for me. My answer is this: I’ve learned that behind every face is a compelling story.
Please remember me as a writer who says YES! to compassion for mental illness, and, NO! to domestic violence and child abuse.
Who is Mrs. Nussbaum? She lives in all our hearts. Just as we have the “child within,” we also have the “wise elder within.” May you always embrace your compelling story and allow your Mrs. Nussbaum to embrace you.
Teresa LeYung Ryan
Video on Coach Teresa’s YouTube channel: Platform & Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan at Sonoma County Book Festival 2012
I was blessed with loyal supporters during the ten years writing the book. And, I am blessed with loyal supporters (so many big hearts) who continue to cheer for me, even now, ten years after publication. I encourage every writer to “not give up” and “stay true to the self.”
Video on Bay Sunday’s Youtube channel: Teresa LeYung-Ryan, author: Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase in 22 Days
As I said to Bay Sunday Host Frank Mallicoat on CBS Channel 5 and to the writers at Kim McMillon’s “Writers On Writing” workshop . . . “What I care about will turn into themes I write about. And, the themes I write about will attract my fans.”
So, the foundation of one’s platform-statement begins with three simple-yet-powerful words: “I care about . . . ”
You (the author) are the most qualified person to build your platform and fanbase.
Example: (as a writer of fiction, narrative nonfiction, including memoirs )
I am Teresa LeYung-Ryan, author of Love Made of Heart. I care about helping adult-children (of mentally-ill parents) speak openly about the stigmas and find resources for their loved ones.
Example: (as a writer of prescriptive nonfiction a.k.a. “how to” )
I am Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan, author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days. I care about helping writers thrive in today’s publishing arena.
If Love Made of Heart didn’t get published (giving me a forum to learn about “staying alive and well” in the industry), I wouldn’t have developed the expertise to help other writers survive and thrive (through coaching and my workbook Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW
To my dear friends, colleagues, mentors who inspire me and rally for me, please let me know how I can pay it forward.
I cheer for everyone who has a dream!
Coach Teresa’s definition of Writer’s Platform: “Making your name stand for something—to attract targeted consumers—who are likely to buy what you have to sell.”
What If My Favorite Bookstore / Bookseller Doesn’t Have the Book I Need or Want?
Laurel Bookstore is in the Laurel District in Oakland, California:
“Laurel Bookstore is a community spot for readers. If the book you want is not on the shelves, literacy hero Luan Stauss and her friendly staff will do their best to order it for you.” Cheers from author and writing career coach Teresa LeYung Ryan
June 18- 25, 2011 is Independent Booksellers Week; author and writing career coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: “Everyday is Support Independent Booksellers Day and everyday is Support Your Local Public Schools and Public Libraries Day!”
We all have the power to promote literacy!
Author & Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan
P.S. On Saturday June 25, 2011 I introduced my friend and colleague Margie Yee Webb (author of Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life ) to Luan Stauss, owner of Laurel Bookstore in Oakland, CA
More September Birthdays in My Literary Community
Eight years ago when my novel Love Made of Heart was about to “hit the streets,” my publisher (Kensington in New York) had purchased front-store-shelf -space at Borders and Barnes & Noble; Nancy Suib & Anne Shulenberger, the independent sales reps for Kensington, had recommended my novel to their accounts/independent bookstores.
An author is lucky to get shelf-space (and to be “face out” so that customers would see the book cover), but, because new releases from publishers arrive every day, those precious high-visibility shelf-spaces usually cannot be reserved for one particular book for more than what is paid for by the publisher.
And, even if a new book gets into a bookstore, how do customers know about it? One way is for the author to appear at the bookstore. But, bookstore appearance aren’t easy to land because, as I said before, new releases from publishers arrive every day.
Luan says in her wonderful e-newsletter this week:
“Nine years ago, on September 15, 2001 the Laurel Book Store opened the doors for the first time. And yes, it really has been that long. Babies then are now reading. 10 year olds then are now in college. Some of the college students then are now parents. While a whole swath of us haven’t aged a bit.
It’s been quite a ride and I’m planning for bigger and better things for the future. We’re trying hard to roll with the economic punches and it’s made better by all of you who have been here supporting us all this time. And by all the great books that come out each year making it tough to decide what to sell!
Rather than have a party this year, which by the way is the pottery year, we’re going to start planning for the 10 year anniversary. But do come by for a cookie, wish us well, and tell us what you’re reading!
Happy reading, and thank you for 9 years worth of your support.” Luan
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Leigh Anne Lindsey, a new member of Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter, celebrates her birthday. Leigh Anne writes novels, including Futuristic and Suspense-Thrillers. WNBA is lucky to have her in our chapter–she attended our September board meeting, assisted the board members at our Sept. 12 publishing panel at the SF Public Library, and, with Kate Britton (VP of SF Chapter) will represent WNBA at the Redwood Writers Conference on Oct. 30, 2010.
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Keep writing, keep networking, keep building your name/platform, keep learning about the industry through the experts (including published authors, bookseller, librarians, teachers, literary agents, acquisition editors and folks in publishing houses, members in writers’ organizations, and folks in their circles of influence). Celebrate being a writer!
Hope to see you at October 2010 events!
Teresa LeYung Ryan, author, writing-career coach, founder of GraceArt Publishing
Build My Writer’s Name and Platform: Attract Agents, Acquisition Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention
is the 22 minutes for 22 days workbook.
“Reach out, not stress out, when building your writer’s name.”