Thursday, March 5, 2009

Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz

As writers, we'd like to believe that writing the next great American novel is our only job. However, the publishing industry is changing rapidly and the author has to wear more and more "hats." Even if the author wants only a small amount of success.

This is where a platform comes in. Defined as any means you use to get your name and your book known to a viable readership such as your website, articles you've written, classes you teach, and public speaking. Having a platform can help tremendously in the "getting known" department.

And building that platform is where "Get Known Before the Book Deal" by Christina Katz comes in handy. Christina guides the author step by step in creating a platform by using the author's personal strengths and expertise.

From platform basics to identifying our niche and audience, connecting with others and even how to grow our platforms, "Get Known Before the Book Deal" is filled with information simplifying the platform building process.

Christina goes on to say we are 100% responsible for the success of our writing careers, 100% of the time. Then, she gives us things we can do to build that success such as suggestions of places to find speaking engagements and even tips for a successful presentation.

The wealth of information in "Get Known Before the Book Deal" earns this book a spot on my "keeper" shelf and a "must read" recommendation for all writers who plan on pursuing publication success.

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