by Crystal Laine Miller
If you are an introverted writer, you may be ready to crawl into a cubby somewhere after reading Amanda Luedeke’s The Extroverted Writer: An Author’s Guide to Marketing and Building Platform. Don’t. Read it again (it’s short) and take one bite of the elephant. Start with just one thing that she addresses. If you’re that extroverted writer, like Colleen Coble or Sharlene MacLaren, then this book only adds fuel to your fire.
Amanda Luedeke came from a marketing background and she is now a successful agent with MacGregor Literary. A concise, comprehensive and practical treatment of a tough subject, if you have a question after reading this, then go to the MacGregor Literary blog and ask there. She blogs every Thursday on the topic that can shake an author to his very core-marketing.
Her ebook addresses everything in ten chapters and she gives great examples. She starts with your audience (the most important aspect) and then proceeds to cover every internet nook and cranny where your tribe may congregate–Facebook to Twitter, blogging to websites and all those places that baffle or test the patience of time-pressed writers. (How in world do you use Pinterest??) She covers what to do if you’re a fiction writer and all you want to do is to plot a story, not plot marketing strategies.
She doesn’t leave out those of you who have not published yet, either. If you are trying to build that illustrious platform and are looking at how to get a head start on it, trying to gain attention from editors and agents, then this book is for you, too. Most marketing books do not specifically address how and why this is important for the pre-published fiction writer, but Amanda is fearless and blunt. You need it. She has often given away critiques on Thursdays with Amanda on the MacGregor Literary blog. Here is where she gets to the point. She’s not too bad at throwing down pillows before throwing you off the cliff, because her humor pads your fall.
If you haven’t read this book yet and you hope to gain attention on that busy Internet highway, then right now RIGHT NOW, get this book. You’ll thank me for bringing it up. And you’ll thank Amanda for sharing all she knows with us.
Q: What kinds of things have you done to build your fiction platform? Have you read Amanda Luedeke’s book? Do you have advice on how to tackle this topic?
Introverted Crystal Laine Miller has written and published over 1000 book reviews in magazines and ezines, as well as written book/manuscript reports and evaluations for agents and publishers. She took a bite of the elephant. Find her on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest, Google + and her blogs, http://wheniwasjustakid.blogspot.com or http://www.crystallainemiller.com