How to grow your platform
There are many types of genres each with its own target audience. Knowing your audience is step one to selling more books.
The second is having a strong platform. (Platform simply means the place where you sell to your fans.) It doesn’t have to be a social media site, it could be a podcast or you may have a weekly spot in a local newspaper. You might have a large following on app's like wattpad, or instagram.
Now develop your preferred platform, and also put the time and effort into your fans. If they message you, or like your post—engage them, know who they are. For example:
This is the same principle with any platform, know the difference between followers and fans. Then engage your fans and become their fan. This stand you in the best position for when you have a book launch, and you are asking those fans to buy your book, or review your book. You can also ask them to tell their friends and family.
Fans do not just happen over night, and if you want people to invest their time into you, then you must also invest time into turning fans.
Audio book development
I set up an account. And then set my preferences for what type of voice I was looking for. This was all easily done by clicking drop down boxes, such as—Female, British ect. Post a sample of your script, and the people with the appropriate voice preferences will record an audition.
Auditions come into your ACX.com mail box for you to listen and choose from. The actress I picked had a posh/ boujee voice because my characters were mainly posh London girls. Picking the actress was the best bit for me—so much fun. You can also use your own actor, or do it yourself. Just upload the correct audio files and your good to go.
You can also choose a production company with multiple actors and actresses, music and sound effects. This is more expensive, yet an available option through ACX.com or you can find your own production company.
Your actress or actor will record your script chapter by chapter, you then listen as the chapters come in and approve. There are time dead-lines and all messages and payment is done via ACX.com portal.
The payment options are either: Pay to the actor in full and keep all royalties, or no payment and split royalties of your audio book with the actor 50/50. I chose to keep all the royalties and pay the actor in full, but if you do not have the money then slit royalties are a good option.
I personally had a fun time developing my audio book with ACX.com and recommend their services, yet there are other companies who can also do the same. So, google and do your research then have fun making your own audio book.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions.
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Good luck and enjoy.
It’s been another great year of awesome authors. So, I thought it would be nice to give a big shout out to my favourite from this year. Indi books to main stream, and audio books, in 2017.
Thank you good story 2017 bring on 2018 awesome reads.
Currently on my read list for 2018
Hello, my name is Victoria I am an author. I would like to share with you my opinion & experiences and I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.