On the 15th of June 2017, the Helensvale Writers’ Group welcomed author Karen Tyrrell to share her knowledge on the significance of an authentic author platform. The concept of an author platform is considered to be one of the most difficult to explain. The reason for complexity in the explanation is simple – everyone defines it differently and new definitions are emerging.
If Jane Friedman described it as “an ability to sell books because of who you can reach”, Forbes offered a more detailed explanation for what it used to be – “the writer’s public visibility and reputation that the publisher’s publicity department used to promote and sell the book.” Furthermore, Forbes outlines the difference from the past – “Now it’s the author, not a publicist, who inspires readers to buy the book. The New Author Platform allows not only well-established authors, but unknown, first-time beginners to do an end run around the conservative gate-keepers and reach readers directly.” The elements of the new author platform include: personality, authenticity and expertise. In great detail, these elements were described to the Helensvale Writers’ Group by Karen Tyrrell during her workshop – “Memoir Writing tips and How to build an Author Platform.”
According to Karen it is important for authors to convey to readers why they write in order to connect. It is important to authors to disclose what they stand for. It is important for authors to show what they create and to demonstrate clearly to whom their creations are addressed. Karen is an award-winning author of eight empowering books. She is passionate about self-improvement and well-being. Why does she write about it? She writes because she is a survivor of bullying and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Not surprisingly, she is the winner of three Regional Arts Development Funds (RADFs). On 24th of June (Saturday), at 11 pm she is launching her new book “The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2)” at the Logan North Library. Her own author platform helped her to create her public face. It allowed her to build trust with her current readers, attract potential new readers and established her reputation and expertise.
The workshop with Karen Tyrrell was productive and entertaining. Some members of the Helensvale Writers’ Group found some new ways of thinking about their writing; some called it an excellent workshop because it was professional and insightful – absolutely outstanding!
Thank you very much Karen!
To find more about Karen Tyrrell visit these links:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/karen.tyrrell
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Karen_Tyrrell
Website – http://www.karentyrrell.com/
In April, cheerful Emily Toxward, a former chief-sub-editor for the Sun Newspaper, spent her time to educate the Helensvale Writer’s Group about blogging and writing styling. As an experienced journalist and passionate blogger, Emily shared her experience in grabbing reader’s attention and driving traffic to writer’s blogs.
She explained how to serve up a healthy content mix, how to unearth good blog fodder and repurpose content, how to mix up writing style and tone and how to tackle headline writing. She also revealed how to develop, unlock, and embrace a unique writing style, including tricks of the trade in avoiding clichés.
In addition, Emily advised on how to boost writer’s chances of having their work published. She disclosed several useful links and resources and discussed how to improve readability and structure of their blogs/websites with the group.
The Helensvale Writer’s Group members were delighted to receive a substantial amount of printed information, provided by Emily Toxward. They were thankful for Emily’s determination to share, teach and demonstrate her knowledge with comprehensive examples.
Thank you very much Emily Toxward!
Our prominent member and published writer Dimity Powell recently has been embarked on a writing adventure. Her aim is to create a story suitable for the digital format. Have you heard about the new mobile application or rather the new free app Story City App ? It is where your are the hero of your own story. Yes, it is true! You are given the chance to be a part of your own adventure across several locations – Brisbane, Adelaide and the Gold Coast. This application enables you to ‘quite literally smell the roses, or tread the pavement or in some harrowing cases, stave off mutant zombie cockroaches‘, giving you a lot of freedom of how to explore desirable location.
Dimity Powell has joined a team of highly creative professionals who are giving the users of the Story City App an opportunity to see the world differently. The group is quite diverse but nevertheless highly professional: Surfing Guru Tim Baker, Comic Artist Ken Best, Verbal Disc Jockey Ben Brown, Cool tunes maestro Jed Walters and Obligatory female kids author Dimity Powell.
Read the latest publications via Dimity Powell, Story City or from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
From Dimity Powell: “Over the next month or so, I hope to divulge more of the hows, whys and whos behind my Story City Creation. You can follow those posts at Dim’s Write Stuff. Visit the Story City website to register your interest as a future contributor or simply learn more about the team behind the stories behind the adventures!”
Helensvale Writers’ Group is very proud of our prominent member, Dimity Powell, and her significant contribution to promote love for reading and writing books over the years.