Posted By Jacquie Rogers on December 29, 2011
1st Turning Point is closing its hatches December 31, 2011. After three years of building, learning, sharing, and teaching, we are dry-docking the ship. It’s been a wonderful ride …
From the beginning, Ann and Jacquie have been awed and amazed with the help, generosity, and support that have gone into this site. There have been so many volunteers, so many columnists, so many articles!
1st Turning Point has helped thousands of authors and artists, giving them the tools they needed to go forth and market and promote. We can’t thank all of you who have been part of this adventure enough. It took a group to make the ship sail, and we have had a blast on the waves.
Jacquie and Ann learned so much from this venture that they wrote Nail It! The Secret to Building an Effective Fiction Writer’s Platform, Level 1: Laying the Foundation, and Growing Your Audience: Workbook for Published, Unpublished, and Under-published Writers. They have four more books to write in the Nail It! series, sharing more of what they’ve learned from their time at 1st Turning Point, so stay tuned.
More Waves, More Success
In the tradition of 1st Turning Point, we’d like to end this chapter of our careers with an opportunity to share the positive things we have reaped over the year from the columnists, artists, and guests who have written articles for the site. Please feel free to join in and leave a comment about anything you’ve learned or gained. Ann and Jacquie will start.
Ann: I learned how to build a successful website, how to ask others for help without hesitation, and how to work professionally with other authors on a peer level. I also learned how to talk on the radio and podcasts, thanks to Jacquie requiring me to be her sidekick on the Parrots talk show. There are so many other tips and tools that I learned from our columnists that I can’t begin to list them individually. For three years, I soaked up every article and applied bits of the advice to my career, which is now going strong with healthy sales. Thank you to all who generously gave your time and writing to teach me how to market and promote my work. I owe much to you!
Jacquie: The website reviews and the book video reviews taught me a lot about how I want to go about presenting my own books, and how to carry the brand through even though I write in two sub-genres. The Meet the Parrots show was a real bonus because not only did the guests present outstanding information, but I learned how to organize a show, how to interview, and talk on the radio without sounding too scared. I learned all about tagging, liking, and all that social media stuff that is in no way intuitive. The whole concept of experimentation with marketing was fun to explore—if something doesn’t work, try another approach and see what sticks to the wall. Most of all, I learned that there are authors, artists, and musicians out there who are willing to help each other out and expect nothing in return. How good is that?
Ann and I have both made some very dear friends—friendships that surpass the bounds of our industry and for this we are both very grateful.
Now it’s your turn. What have you learned at 1st Turning Point since May 1, 2009?
The Secret to Building an Effective
Fiction Writer’s Platform
Level 1: Laying the Foundation
“Authors LISTEN UP:
* If you’re puzzled how or why you have to promote your image…
* If you question the importance of sharpening the way you appear to your readers…
* If you’re not sure how critical it is to brand your image as an author…
Then you need to sign up for Jacquie Rogers & Ann Charles NAIL IT!”
- John Klawitter, Hollywood writer/filmmaker and author of TINSEL WILDERNESS and the HOLLYWOOD HAVOC novels.
Writing a great story is no longer enough to land a contract. With economic downsizing, publishers are extremely selective when it comes to acquiring authors, often allowing their marketing and sales department to have the final say. These days, it takes a platform that is equal to the story in excellence and potential-a complete package-for you and your book to make it through the acquisitions gauntlet.
For the first time, fiction authors have a platform reference guide written just for them. Nail It! The Secret to Building an Effective Fiction Writer’s Platform uses motivating and enlightening lessons, author interviews, and several examples to explain how to build a fiction writer’s platform that will impress publishing professionals and clear a path to success.
“Every author should be devouring this series. I’ve used these tools to build my burgeoning career. Learn it. Live it.”
~ Amber Scott, co-author of Dollars & Sense: The Definitive Guide To Self-publishing Success
“Every new author needs to know the tools necessary for successful promotion. Nail It! has the whole kit and caboodle.” ~ Meg Mims, author of Double Crossing, Astraea Press, August 2011