Get Known Before The Book Deal: Use Your Personal Strengths To Grow An Author Platform

Get Known Before The Book Deal: Use Your Personal Strengths To Grow An Author Platform

by Christina Katz


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Get Known Before The Book Deal: Use Your Personal Strengths To Grow An Author Platform by Christina Katz

Sell Your First Book & Develop a Successful and Sustainable Writing Career

Before you can land a book deal—before you can even attract the interest of agents and editors—you need to be visible. How do you become visible? You develop a platform, or a way of reaching your readers. Everybody can develop a platform, and this book shows you how to do it while you're still writing.

This book offers:

  • A step-by-step approach to creating, growing, and nurturing a platform
  • An economical approach to self-promotion (no need to spend thousands)
  • A clear way to uncover your strengths and weaknesses as an author
  • The strategies that are essential (or not) to online promotion
  • A philosophy of authorship that leaves you confident, empowered, and equally partnered with agents, editors, and publishers (instead of waiting to be discovered)
  • A diverse set of tools and methods for getting known (not just web-based tools or ideas for extroverts)
After you read this book, you'll be able to answer the inevitable question: "What's your platform?" You'll learn the hows and whys of becoming visible and how to cultivate visibility from scratch. Best of all, you won't need any previous knowledge or experience to get started.

Growing a writing career isn't just about landing one book deal and then scrambling like crazy. There is a more strategic and steady way to lay the groundwork so you can avoid scrambling altogether—and Get Known Before the Book Deal is the only comprehensive book that shows you how.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582975542
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 11/17/2008
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Christina Katz is the author of Writer Mama. She started her platform "for fun" seven years ago and ended up on Good Morning America. She has been encouraging reluctant platform-builders via her e-zine Writers on the Rise and has been covering the topic for the past two years. She recently launched the e-course, Platform Building Basics for Writers, and writes a monthly column on platform development for The Willamette Writer.

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Get Known Before The Book Deal: Use Your Personal Strengths To Grow An Author Platform 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was a little bit of good information in it for fiction writers, but most of the information pertained to non-fiction. The content was okay, but the voice was pretty boring and at times, egoistic. It was basically a waste of money for me.
Dan1977 More than 1 year ago
I am working my way through this book slowly as I apply Katz's concepts in the real world. I really like what she says and I've increased my personal influence as a result. Very good book!
moonbridgebooks More than 1 year ago
Hopefully new authors will read this while they're writing their books or they'll learn the hard way that building an audience starts way before publishing. Christina spells it out in a chatty and very personable way. Easy to understand. (5 stars for those who don't mind chatty.)
richardblake More than 1 year ago
"Get Known before the Book Deal" is made up of a philosophy of authorship and strategies and methods important and essential to getting known while establishing a platform. Christina Katz answers questions on what a platform for a writer is, why it is important, and how to build a writing career around your unique platform. The book is organized into four phases: Platform -- development and building, Book proposal -- development and pitching, Book writing, and Book marketing. The format is reader friendly with fast paced narrative, highlighted topical headings and exercises for practical application. The pages are packed with keys, tips, suggestions, and valuable information which include everything from becoming visible, cultivating your expertise, developing your style, connecting with others, to web site design. "Get Known Before the Book Deal: Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform" is an important reference and resource guide for every beginning writer and for those established authors struggling with distribution and marketing issues.
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PHA More than 1 year ago
GET KNOWN BEFORE THE BOOK DEAL was a revelation to me. I was barely starting to Tweet when I read Christina Katz's tweets and decided to buy this book. Now every email promotes my blog and I try to visit Twitter,Facebook,and some of my Followers and Friends every day. Because my agent is pitching my current YA ms. set in a DV shelter, I blog weekly about my experiences there. I'm already planning post-publication promotions,which orgs to contact,the best review sites, etc. I have learned a lot from all these activities and wouldn't have even thought about a platform before the sale without reading GET KNOWN BEFORE THE BOOK DEAL. If you're a writer, you need to read it! Patricia H. Aust writer
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rs614 More than 1 year ago
Christina does a great job providing thoughtful and compelling ideas on creating your platform. She writes in a way that keeps you entertained while learning. I highly recommend this book and in fact, can't stop talking about it with all my friends!!
alywrites More than 1 year ago
Just read "Get Known" over the summer and have already implemented many of the ideas to build my platform. Didn't even know I needed one of those! This book is a must for both the budding author and the seasoned, published author alike. READ IT!
TheStoryWoman More than 1 year ago
Katz is witty, smart, and she talked directly to me on each page of Get Known Before the Book Deal in a way that I, not being a techie, could comprehend. Got a book to be published, even just thinking of one? Your Platform, yes, with a capital P, is what it's all about today if you want to get your book sold. Christina will give you the recipe - she practically measures out the ingredients for you along with step-by-step instructions - to do just that. Now get cookin'.
Mother-Daughter-Book-Club More than 1 year ago
Christina Katz's new book, Get Known Before the Book Deal, is an easy-to-follow guide on how writers can become known to a wider audience and increase their chances of landing a book deal with a reputable publisher as a result. As with her first book, Writer Mama: How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids, the author offers practical advice that the reader will want to refer back to over and over again.

The book is divided into three sections that clearly identify how to get started, how to hone your image and how to reach a wider audience all while putting your most professional foot forward. It's a great primer for learning how to market yourself, an essential skill for writers in today's publishing world. Even if you're fairly savvy on promoting yourself, Katz's book offers ideas and details that can only enhance what you are already doing. I plan to use this book to help me set goals for the new year and many new years to come.