Being an aspiring author, I’m constantly looking for the best advice I can find on how to get published.
Apart from the obvious advice of writing a great book, the three things that I hear over and over again from people in the publishing industry are:
- Start a blog
- Use Twitter / Facebook etc
- Build a platform ( using #’s 1 & 2 above)
Many of you will know Billy Coffey through blogs and Twitter and he is the perfect example of how good this advice is.
Billy did what he had to do, even if he didn’t like it all that much at first.
He started a blog, jumped on the old Twitter bandwagon and he worked at building a platform. He didn’t just use these tools for pure marketing, he socialized and built friendships and relationships.
Billy’s platform is growing and he has been rewarded for his efforts with a book contract from FaithWords.
Today is the great day when he is announcing this exciting news to the world and showing off his brand new website for the first time.
Why not head over to his new site and check it out, it’s: BillyCoffey.com
His big announcement post can be found at: http://www.billycoffey.com/2009/10/long-winding-road/
Billy is an inspiration to me in many ways but this one in particular is really hitting me at the heart level.
This day of celebration has come about because Billy did what needed to be done, worked hard, followed the wise advice he was given and, most importantly, placed it all in God’s hands.
Thank you, Billy, for pressing ahead and demonstrating to us that we must labor if we want to see ‘the fruits of our labor’!