Growing an author platform online takes planning, time, and effort – but it’s not at all difficult. With a little know-how you can build an online community of your own.

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If you could have lunch with a successful author or publisher, would you do it? Think of a writing conference as that lunch on a much larger scale.

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After all the hard work you've put into completing your book, a book launch party might be what you need to make a splash. Think big, find sponsors, get the word out, and give yourself plenty of time to plan and prepare.

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It’s more important than ever to know your market and know how to reach your audience. Start now, even as you write your book.

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Authors may well be justified in feeling angry and hateful when their hard work is slated by a critic, but it is rarely a good idea to react impulsively on those emotions. Instead, follow these suggestions on how writers should respond to book critics.

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When it comes to book marketing and establishing herself in the marketplace, Miller says: "I have to tell myself to be patient. Writing and reading books is part of an intimate relationship. You need to build a dialog and trust. It's really no different from a lot of other products and services. Building credibility with the readers is very important."

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How important are reviews for self-published books? In my mind, the answer is "VERY!" But I want to hear from you!

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