Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Win Your Platform

 Earlier this year, literary publicist Stephanie Barko visited Straight From Hel to talk about Contests and Authors. She focused on how entering writing contests can help authors promote themselves and establish a platform.

She’ll be back tomorrow to finish out this two-part series. Now that you know how a contest can help you, she’s going to tell you how you can win those all-important contests, especially the ones that are won or lost through popular votes.

Stephanie specializes in working with adult authors of nonfiction and historical fiction, but her advice applies to all writers, no matter the genre. Having contest wins on your resume not only show your writing skills, they can demonstrate that you have a platform that includes followers who will buy your books.

We’ve talked here on SFH about building a platform through social networking. So, come back tomorrow with questions about author platforms and contests. Stephanie has a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. You can find out more about Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist, at http://www.authorsassistant.com/Barko.htm and/or
http://www.theauthorsassistant.blogspot.com.
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21 comments:

  1. I'll definitely be interested in her post, Helen...particularly in the area of contests.

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  2. I'm on board for this one too.

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  3. I'll join the crowd - this is very interesting...

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  4. As a publicist, she must know all the tools of the trade. Looking forward to her visit.

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  5. Gonna have a mob, er, crowd tomorrow! Yay!

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  6. Count me in the crowd/mob/gang/group, Helen
    karen

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  7. I agree that contests are a great way to get your name out, and they work across all genres of creativity. Several artists, designers, and filmmakers I know do the same thing in their respective industries.

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  8. Luckily, I have plenty of seating available for tomorrow!

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  9. I've won a lot of contests, so I am really interested in reading what Stephanie has to say about how to use that for my platform.

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  10. I haven't invested a lot of time in contest, so it will be interesting to hear what is said. Thanks for the heads up. :)

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  11. I'll certainly be popping back to take a look. :)

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  12. OOh this sounds good, from a contestant in two popular vote contests-didn't do bad, top 20% but I knew very little back then ('07). Can't say as I'd do one of those again.

    I'd like to see what advice she offers.

    It's been a bit crazy here with sick kid and major sleep deprivation, but I'm determined to get here tomorrow.

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  13. I write non-fiction as well! I'll be back. Always looking for ways to make my platform stronger.

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  14. Sia, get some sleep or you'll be sick yourself!

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  15. I'll be back tomorrow! Stephanie's last post was great :)

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  16. Tomorrow should be a fun day!

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