Developing Team Support by Tracy Krauss

Last time we talked about the need for a variety of support systems in order to surround oneself with a strong writing community. This included large organizations like Inscribe and others, perhaps a genre specific group or collective that has a narrower focus, a small local or online writing group where you really get to Read More

Building Your Writing Community by Tracy Krauss

No writer is an island. Everyone needs some type of encouragement and writers are no exception. To build a supportive community, a variety of connections are needed to serve different purposes. Some are obvious choices, but I’ll start wide and then narrow the field as I go. Join one or more well established organizations. When Read More

Schedule Some Sanity by Tracy Krauss

Last time I talked about the importance of having a plan. Scheduling in time to write is possibly the most valuable thing a writer can do to increase productivity, and therefore, overall satisfaction. I recommend one hour of real writing each day. (For me, afternoons are best.) My schedule includes everything else that happens regularly, Read More

Plan for Success by Tracy Krauss

Last year I retired from teaching public school full time and took a part-time position as an online teacher/consultant with a large distance learning school in southern BC. The advantages are that I can work from home, meaning I can pretty much set my own hours and never have to worry about my wardrobe. (Downside Read More

Get Your Platform Moving Part 4 by Tracy Krauss

You’ve got your online hub, your email subscription provider is capturing emails, and you’re producing some great content. Now, in order to ‘move’ your platform forward, you will have to find ways to SHARE. I liken this to pedaling the bike. I have listed various methods of sharing in no particular order. Obviously, you should Read More

Get Your Platform Moving Part 3 by Tracy Krauss

We’ve got our frame and our two wheels – which are non-negotiable – but now it’s about choosing what mechanical parts or gears work best for you. In practical terms, this equates to ‘content’ – what you talk to your audience about. Examples of this are the content of your newsletter, blog posts, videos, podcasts, Read More

Get Your Platform Moving Part 2 by Tracy Krauss

Last time I introduced two key components that are necessary for every author platform: an online HUB like a website or blog, and building an EMAIL list with which to communicate directly with your audience. I realize that some people may argue the necessity of both, but let’s face it, riding a unicycle is a Read More

Get Your Platform Moving! by Tracy Krauss

Part 1: The Frame and the Wheels An author ‘platform’ is the method and tools used to reach and connect with your audience. It includes a lot of different components and can be both online and physical. Over the next few weeks I will be using a model I came up with a few years ago that uses Read More

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