Brand Reminder: Connect Yourself

As one tiny writer in the giant school of writers swimming upstream toward the ultimate goal of spawning a book deal, it is important to connect yourself–to yourself.

Please make sure your twitter feeds your blog which feeds your website which allows access to your writing communities which links to your…

Okay, you get it.

But do you?  Because if you don’t, your readers will not be able to either.

I just bought a domain name (yay, me) and will now have to go through and make sure that my connections still feed each other in the way I intend.

CAT’S TIPS ON STAYING CONNECTED

  • Start with your most obvious site (such as your website or blog) and click a link.  Follow that link all the way through until you return back to your starting point.
  • Pick another link and repeat until all the links circle back upon themselves.  This might take a while, but it is well worth it.
  • And, as long as you’re at all your sites, check your info.  Make sure everything is current.  For instance, in my family section, I talk about my kids.  Their ages were TWO years behind.
  • Now, double check your blog rolls and other important links.  Clear out broken links or repair them, as other writers may have updated their addresses as well–or fallen off the face of the cyber sphere.
  • Pay attention to the feel of your sites.  They should flow into each other and appear to be made by the same person.  Pictures, colors, themes, quotes and fonts can all ease a reader into knowing you or jolt them out of your life with the impression that you are MANIC.  And let’s face it, writers already have that stereotype hanging over their heads.
The goal of this exercise is to help your readers find you among the swimming masses with as much ease as possible.  It’s called survival of the fittest.
Go forth and spawn, my writer friends.
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6 responses to “Brand Reminder: Connect Yourself

  1. Excellent point… the worst thing is when I find an author I’m interested in learning more about and it take forever to find their website, sales page, or anything pertinent about them… a potential reader needs to find you easy… and as JA Konrath says over and over, ‘all roads lead to Rome, or in this case, an author page’…

    Armand Rosamilia

    • So, true. While it’s fun to have so much info at our fingertips, it only works well if people provide the info we need.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. Learning this lesson myself. Good stuff.

  3. Good reminder, Cate! Thanks 😉

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