5 steps To Building A Successful Author Platform Before you Publish: Donna Galanti

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017 FBF IAF LogoThis post is part of Frankfurt Book Fair Indie Author Fringe, an online author conference that showcases the best self-publishing advice and education for authors across the world — harnessing the global reach of the Alliance of Independent Authors’ network. Our self-publishing conference features well-known indie authors and advisors, for 24 sessions over 24-hours, in a one-day extravaganza of self-publishing expertise straight to your email inbox.

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Donna GalantiBuilding an author platform takes time and Donna makes the process not only easy but fun. Long before your book is published you can start to create a peer support network, form relationships with authors in your genre, share the wisdom you already have, volunteer for industry organizations and connect with readers via social media (yes, even before your book is out!). 

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11 Responses to 5 steps To Building A Successful Author Platform Before you Publish: Donna Galanti

  1. Barbara Fallick October 17, 2017 at 1:50 am #

    I understood there would be a pdf summarizing what she said. I can’t find any link to it.

  2. Kerelyn Smith October 15, 2017 at 6:59 pm #

    This was an awesome talk! So full of useful information and plenty of things I hadn’t heard of before. This was the perfect talk for me right now.
    I was also especially excited to see that you are an indie middle grade author! Hooray! Will definitely be following you in the future.
    Thanks for the great content!

  3. Wolf O'Rourc October 15, 2017 at 5:10 am #

    Great info but impossible to follow at the speed it was going. I’m glad I could hit pause, since I didn’t do the session live

    • Donna Galanti October 15, 2017 at 10:52 am #

      Wolf, thanks for sharing. I do talk fast! 🙂 But yes, glad you could pause and take notes and rewind. Hope the cheat sheet is a resource too. Wishing you success!

  4. Donna Amis Davis October 15, 2017 at 3:42 am #

    Awesome session, Donna! (Nice name, BYW) I’ve been building my platform for the past 6 years while writing my first book, but couldn’t figure out how to “connect with readers” since I didn’t have readers yet. You gave so, so many actionable points. I’ll need to bookmark this and listen to it again. THANK YOU!!!

    • Donna Galanti October 15, 2017 at 10:50 am #

      Donna, glad it was useful for you! Hope you can build that readership your seeking – and have fun doing it too. Building a community before you publish can be so key! Good luck. 🙂

  5. Kim October 15, 2017 at 2:28 am #

    Thanks Donna. I love how you give so much advice yet make sure to remind us that baby steps are fine. There was a lot to take away from this session and I’m sure I’ll be watching it again. You seem to be really keen on the book blog. I’ve been hesitant to start one but from the perspective shown here I can appreciate more how valuable a tool it could be.

    • Donna Galanti October 15, 2017 at 2:37 am #

      Kim, thanks for stopping by! Blogging can be a key to much platform building. Whether it’s positioning yourself as an expert on other blogs or connecting with book bloggers or building up your own subscriber list on your own blog – these are all ways to connect with your potential readers. Hope you got the cheat sheet download too! 🙂

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