FREE WEBINAR: Author Platform Makeover

Are you a writer who is passionate about your work, but find it difficult to build an audience? What you need is an author platform – a strategic way to communicate your purpose to the world and establish trust with those who can help make you a success.

This FREE 1-hour webinar shows a case study of an author platform makeover of a writer I am working with, and as a bonus, I will do three “5-Minute Author Platform Makeovers” of writers who sign up for the webinar. The webinar will also cover the key elements to develop your author platform, and review an 8-week online course I am teaching called Build Your Author Platform.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday March 28th at 2pm ET. You only need your web browser to attend.

There are limited spaces for this webinar, to reserve your spot, click the registration link below. If you would like to submit your website as a possible candidate for a “5-minute author platform makeover,” you can do so in the registration form:

Register

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at dan@danblank.com or 973-981-8882.
Thanks!
-Dan

Author Branding: Building Communication and Trust With Your Audience

In a guest post for TheCreativePenn.com, I dig into why writers need to consider the brand they are developing:

“This is about connecting your work to readers who will appreciate it most. In one form or another, this is about story. When you consider your identity as an author, consider framing your own story, of using elements of branding to help communicate this more effectively to potential readers.”

Read the full post at TheCreativePenn.com.
Thanks!
-Dan

The First 3 Things To Consider When Developing Your Author Platform

In a guest post on Kathy Pooler’s website, I share tips on the first steps to building an author platform. In the post, I share three core things I address when I begin working with an author:

  • Focusing their goals
  • Defining & communicating their purpose
  • Targeting their audience

I dig into each – please consider checking out the full post on Kathy’s site.
Thanks!
-Dan

Stop Worrying About The Cost Of An eBook – Start Focusing on Lifetime Value

The debate rages on about whether authors should or shouldn’t charge 99 cents for their ebooks.

I kind of feel as though some of the debate is framed in the wrong way. That the price for any product, even a book, does not reflect either:

  • The inherent value in the thing the price represents
  • The depth of the entire business model

Let’s dig into each…

The Value of a Book

If you work countless hours for a year writing a book, spend another year or two working tirelessly to get an agent, get a book deal, and bring that book to publication, does $25 accurately represent the value of your time, or the value of the book itself?

Why is $3 offensive, but $10 okay?

Shouldn’t the price be something like $50,000? You know, for not just your time, but for how powerful your work is? I don’t see many $50,000 books.

The perception is that a book priced at $1 somehow “cheapens” our culture, but a book priced at $9 does not. Really? It only took $8 to do that?

The Business Model Behind a Writing Career

So what about those 99 cent ebooks? Does it somehow lessen the value of all books, putting pressure for the price for every book to go down to zero? Or… is does it reflect a different – and sometimes EFFECTIVE – business model for writing and publishing? Something that should be experimented with, and when success is found – celebrated?

Quick: choose a side.
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If a 99 cent or $9 or $15 interaction is the complete extent of your relationship with your customer, then there is something very wrong with your business model. A solid business model looks beyond the cost of one product, beyond a single cash interaction with a customer, it focuses on LIFETIME VALUE of that relationship. Often, for a business, this value is measured in financial terms, but it can easily extend beyond that. Non-profits measure value in other ways, such as hours donated to a cause, and writers can as well. It is a personal decision.

But looking strictly at the financial side of things – consider that the purchase of a 99 cent ebook could lead to a lifelong fan. That over the course of years, you may earn not just $40 worth of sales, but word of mouth recommendations to 10 other people equalling hundreds of dollars in sales. And then those 10 other people recommend you to 10 others, and so on.

There is so much talk about the “discoverability” problem with ebooks, and rightfully so. But there are some very effective discoverability channels already in place: fans telling other people about books. Reader to reader marketing. Word of mouth marketing is incredibly powerful.

Writers shouldn’t have to apologize for charging money for their work. If you have the freedom to choose whether you charge 99 cents or $25, that is your decision. If you choose to do a free giveaway, that too is your decision. It’s your work, after all, and these experiments can help a writer better understand how to develop the business model behind their writing career.

Here is a 1 minute video where Andrew Warner explores the value of charging for content online:

Should you charge for your work? That is up to you. How much should you charge? That is up to you as well. But don’t just have a knee-jerk reaction based on the latest trends on pricing. Consider the long-term business model that supports your writing career. Consider not just the price of a product, but the lifetime value of those you engage with.

For a writer – for anyone who puts creative work into the world – it is part of your job to communicate the value of what you do, and connect it to those who are motivated to engage with it. A price is just one of those decisions. Whichever way you choose doesn’t matter because you learn from experimenting and measuring results – but having the freedom to make those choices does matter.

Thanks.
-Dan

Upcoming Speaking Events – Spring 2012

I will be attending and presenting at a number of publishing and writing events this year, and am excited to announce that I will be in Boston in May at the Grub Street Muse and the Marketplace. These are all wonderful events, please consider saying hello if you are attending any of them: