Debra Eckerling (author of Your Goal Guide) expresses how and where she is often displayed supporting her fellow author friends.
As authors, we have an advantage in the online world, whether we realize it or not. Fiction. Nonfiction. Screenwriting. Poetry. Essays. Articles. It applies to all.
In order to connect with our audience, authors must be active on multiple platforms – websites and social media, as well as live and virtual stages. This leads to a plethora of opportunities to collaborate, support, and highlight our author friends.
When Dr. Meg Haworth (author of Get Well Now; Healing Yourself with Food and The Power of The Mind) interviewed me for her YouTube series earlier this week, I noted how in three months, we will have collaborated five times.
– We met when we were interviewed for a Meet the Author series
– We both spoke at Alina Fridman’s Finding Fabulous Summit
– Meg was a guest on my live show in May
– I will be a guest on her YouTube series in July
– We are speaking on a self-care goals panel for the Women’s National Book Association – San Francisco Chapter Lunch N Learn in July
As “Kindled Spirits,” as Dr Meg called it. we know there is more to come.
Here are 7 easy ways authors can support each other through collaboration:
1. Create a Joint Blog. Writers on the Move is a great example of authors coming together to share their knowledge.
2. Trade Book Reviews. On Amazon, Goodreads, or write one on your blog.
3. Do Interview Swaps. This can take place on a blog, live show, video, or podcast.
4. Spread Social Media Love. Make a point to tweet or post about an author-friend at least once a week … once a day is even better. Share their books, an article, or a photo. You can also take the time to comment on their posts.
5. Curate Panels and Events. Create events with author friends in mind, so you can ask them to participate.
6. Send Ideas. Do you receive a newsletter that shares podcast interview opportunities? Are you part of a cool networking group or meetup? Share the deets with author friends who would get the most out of it!
7. Refer and Recommend. When someone asks for a referral – whether it’s a speaker for an event, a book for a book club, or an author interview – think of who you know who would be a good fit and make an intro. Keep a list of author friends, along with their specialties. Don’t know what that is? Just ask.
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As an author, getting out there is a lot about the power of relationships. Authors’ relationships with other authors: priceless!
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How do you support your author friends? What collaboration opportunities get the best results? Please share in the comments.
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Watch the Ladies Take the Lead Meet the Authors Panel:
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Debra Eckerling is the award-winning author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals and founder of the D*E*B METHOD, which is her system for goal-setting simplified. A writer, editor, and project catalyst, Deb works with individuals and businesses to set goals and manage their projects through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and online support. She is also the author of Write On Blogging: 51 Tips to Create, Write & Promote Your Blog and Purple Pencil Adventures: Writing Prompts for Kids of All Ages; founder of Write On Online; Vice President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association; host of the #GoalChat Twitter Chat, #GoalChatLive on Facebook and LinkedIn, and The DEB Show podcast. She speaks on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting, and social media.
A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals
Start with a plan. One of the biggest reasons goals fail is that we often don’t put enough thought into what we really want before diving in. Your Goal Guide by Debra Eckerling starts with that first, crucial step: figuring out your goals and putting a plan in place. As a professional writer, communications specialist, and project catalyst with more than 20 years of experience, Eckerling is prepared to help you achieve success.