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Hi
I read what you specialize in and I was wondering if it applies to me.
Shortly I will put my short story on Kindle Amazon.com then my novel.
Should I, or how can I build name reconition before hand? (or while it is on Amazon.com?)

Thanks

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Hi,
Yes, you should work to build name recognition before publishing, otherwise, who is going to buy your book? You're up against hundreds of thousands of different books, so any work you do in advance to publishing of getting your name out there will benefit you after you publish.

As for how, you can use a blog (your own or get interviewed on another blog), use a website (creating your own and using Search Engine Optimization to draw potential readers to your site), write for other online venues and note your book title and website after your name, use social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) to start connecting with potential readers, and volunteer for events that may include potential readers.

I suggest you look into taking classes on building your platform and audience, or find some books on being a sales person. I spent four years taking marketing classes (for authors) and reading sales books before I published my first novel. There is a lot to learn on this front, and the sooner you start the better.

Good luck!
Ann

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Ann Charles

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I can answer questions from unpublished fiction authors (especially those who write in the mystery and romance genres) regarding building name recognition and platforms PRIOR to landing a publishing contract.

Experience

I am co-owner of the website, 1stturningpoint.com, in which authors (published and unpublished) learn, share, and teach about promotion. I have been studying how to build name recognition and platforms for unpublished authors for almost three years. I read anything I can find on the subject, which isn't much for unpublished authors, and consistently seek more information on it. I am practicing what I preach and have given multiple workshops on the subject. I also have a regular column in multiple professional newsletters and have an article coming out in a national trade magazine regarding this subject.

Organizations
Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Murder Must Advertise

Education/Credentials
B.A. in English, with an emphasis in Creative Fiction. Ten plus years of writing fiction. Over two years of intense studying and learning about promotion and marketing, including attending several workshops on the subject. I also work with several other experts on the subject of fiction author promotion.

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