Build Your Audience with a Facebook LIKE Box

As I start down this road of indie publishing, I am already benefiting tremendously due to the incredible openness and sharing of the indie pub community. In that spirit, I plan to share the things I know and the things I learn along the way. Today I’d like to share a powerful little platform-building tool.

You’ve heard it a million times: If you’re an author today, you need to have your social media platform online and hopefully growing every day. Most of the tools you need to get your platform online are simple enough to use, but how do you get them all hooked together and streamlined?

One simple way is to create your own Facebook like box for your website or blog. I can hear you rolling your eyes, thinking: Facebook? Really? Well, I say yes. Really. I am of the mind that there’s no such thing as having too many ways for people to reach you. Also, I had no idea how to add one of these boxes before, and got very excited when I saw how simple it was.  The Facebook Developer has a nifty tool for you to create different types of like-and sharing links, like this one for my page:

 

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Taking the Leap into Indie Publishing

Taking the Leap into Indie Publishing

There. I said it out loud. I’ve made the decision to publish my first book, THE EXPATRIATES, independently and see what happens.

I have long been a supporter of indie publishing, and have many friends whose books have passed through my kindle and my hands thanks to indie publishing. I’ve decided that it’s time to add my book to the great TBR pile out there. So you can read it, and hopefully enjoy yourself in the process.

Publishing is changing so quickly anymore, and most of these changes are to the benefit of the ones creating the books. This is so super exciting! But there is still a lot of work to do and OMG a ton of stuff to learn. But I’m up to the task and I’m eager to make this happen, so I hope to see it through to a beautiful book at the end.

I hope you’ll follow along with me as I make my publishing dreams come true!

THE EXPATRIATES – Coming Soon 2014!  (yay!)

Seventeen-year-old Jim Wales can communicate with animals, but his animal mind-tap ability isn’t why he lives with a traveling carnival. Instead, his family’s been hiding him there since he was little, when they learned someone was hunting all the Scholars. And Jim has no idea.

When a falcon arrives with a message from Jim’s not-dead father from their not-destroyed homeland, Jim’s whereabouts are discovered and Jim watches as his brother is murdered in his place.

On the run with a strange glass map and a single coin, Jim finds himself racing to reclaim the father he thought he’d lost, plotting to avenge his brother, and finally discovering the truth about who he is.  But he soon learns that going home isn’t the same as being safe. And that trust is everything.

Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to share a cover and a release date! But you guys… this is totally happening and I am *stoked*!