Book Title: Writer Get Noticed! A Strengths-Based Approach to Creating a Standout Author Platform by Colleen M. Story
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 310 pages
Genre: Non-fiction Writing/Publishing
Publisher: Midchannel Press
Release date: March 2019
Tour dates: April 8 to 19, 2019
Content Rating: G
Stop feeling invisible and start attracting the attention you deserve!
Have you been writing for years, but feel like no one notices? Have you published your stories, only to gain a handful of readers? Do your marketing efforts feel like shouting into a void?
Veteran writer and motivational coach Colleen M. Story helps you break the spell of invisibility to reveal the author platform that will finally draw readers your way.
There are more books out there than ever before, and readers have many other things vying for their attention. A writer can feel like a needle in a haystack, and throwing money at the problem rarely helps. What does work is creating a platform that stands out, but in a sea of a million platforms, how is one to do that?
Writer Get Noticed! takes a new approach, dispelling the notion that fixing your writing flaws and expanding your social media reach will get you the readers you deserve. Instead, discover a myriad of strengths you didn’t know you had, then use them to find your author theme, power up your platform, and create a new author business blueprint, all while gaining insight into what sets you apart as a writer and creative artist.
Writers need readers to achieve their highest potential. Find your way to stand out, and let it lead you to the writing career that fulfills all your expectations and more.
In this motivational and inspiring book, you’ll learn:
- Why simply improving your writing skills won’t take you where you want to go.
- How discovering your strengths makes you a more effective writer and entrepreneur.
- What you really want from writing and why that matters.
- How to use the three-brain decision-making system to build a more successful author platform.
- What truly motivates you and how to use that to propel yourself forward.
- How to use the “find your author theme formula” to write a theme that fits your creative style.
- How imposter syndrome can stall your progress, and how to overcome it.
- Why risk-taking is critical to writing success, and how to make better decisions about the risks you take.
A few years back, I read Colleen M. Story's fiction novel Loreena's Gift, which I loved and then her first non-fiction book Overwhelmed Writer Rescue, a resource book for writers and creative artists. Colleen is the kind of author who knows how to take all of her life experience in the writer and health field and combine it to produce books that are honest and make you see things from a realistic, and very unique way.
In Writer Get Noticed! Colleen helps you to be the best writer according to the strengths you have, and the best part is that she helps you to discover those strengths. No two writers are alike, so it makes perfect sense that creating the author platform customized to your strengths is the way to go. So how does she do this? Through exercises of self-reflection. Some of these exercises are easy, but many of them are hard because they really make you dig deep down, opening up your eyes to the hard, but not impossible, dream of getting noticed as a writer.
Essentially, a writer needs to be a business person whether they like it or not and Colleen talks about this aspect. I loved the anecdotes and experiences from other writers that Colleen included in the book, making this also an inspiring read. It's clear that Colleen is a motivational speaker because this book is actually a workbook too, and she guides you step-by-step with an easy to read, motivating writing style that feels like she's right there with you. I suggest getting the paperback copy so that you can write your thoughts right in the book because that's how it's designed.
No matter what kind of writer you are, whether an author, journalist, or blogger you can definitely benefit from the advice that Colleen dispenses in this down-to-earth but motivational resource book. Highly recommended for all writers who want to demystify the "author platform" concept and get to work creating one that rocks for them.
With over 20 years as a professional in the creative industry, Colleen has authored thousands of articles for publications like “Healthline” and “Women's Health;” worked with high-profile clients like Gerber Baby Products and Kellogg's; and ghostwritten books on back pain, nutrition, and cancer recovery. Her literary novel, Loreena’s Gift, was a Foreword Reviews' INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner, an Idaho Author Awards first place winner, and New Apple Solo Medalist winner, among others.
Colleen frequently serves as a workshop leader and motivational speaker, where she helps attendees remove mental and emotional blocks and tap into their unique creative powers.
Find more at her motivational sites, Writing and Wellness and Writer CEO, on her author website, or follow her on Twitter.