Building a following

Building a following

Yesterday, I had an article published as part of the Chapter Book Challenge. You can read my post here.

After the link was posted in the Facebook group, I was asked a question about growing my followers as a pre-published author. I put a few notes in the reply on the page, but thought I’d do a post here as well.

There are a number of different things I do to build up a following and there are a number of different channels, including my blogging, Facebook page and Twitter account. Some of these, such as Twitter, I began when I was running my business and simply continued it, just changing the profile description. Others, such as my Facebook page, I created especially for my writing.

To grow my following, there are a number of different things I have done and am doing. These include:

  • Letting the followers on my old business page know about my new venture
  • Inviting my Facebook contacts know about my page and my blog. Once I invite them, I generally leave it at that as not everyone is interested in following my journey (mind you, they will all be told when my books are published!)
  • Creating plans on PlanBig. The support there is amazing, including following me on my blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Taking up opportunities to write articles and be a guest blogger. I haven’t done much of this right now due to time constraints, but plan to do more as time goes on.
  • Get involved in challenges, such as the Author Blog Challenge, Chapter Book Challenge and 12×12. Most of these have opportunities to let others know about my blog and Facebook page. Authors like to support each other and like each others pages.
  • Participating in opportunities to promote my Facebook page. There are many pages that give the opportunity to tag your page and like the pages of others. This is one way to get new followers. I know that I tend to like pages that are relevant to me, rather than just every page in the chain. I don’t join in those that require you to like every page that participates.
  • Listing my blog in directories. Currently I only use free listings, however there are a few that I’m intending to get featured listings to coincide with book launches.

All of these activities are helping to build my followers. Another thing is to blog regularly-ish and provide interesting posts that people want to read so they keep coming back (I hope).

I know my numbers are fairly small compared to some others, however they are slowly growing. I hope that when I have books published and I promote them, that my following will grow.

I hope this has given you some ideas on how to grow your following as a pre-published author.

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  1. I know that for my soon to be launched book I’ve done many of these things. I have also made sure that when someone does come to by blog I make sure I go back to there’s to make a comment. I feel that is all part of building relationships and a community. I think it is so important that we support each other and this is one way to do that:)

  2. Another informative post, Melissa. Thank you. I’d like to hear more about blog directories some time 🙂

  3. Thanks, Melissa. Some of these I had never heard of, so I will definitely check them out.

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