Branding, at least for authors, is a relatively new concept. Selling books was SO much ‘easier’ before the digital age, when life ran at a comparable snail-hooked-on-Valium pace. Or it at least seems that way.
Tag: author branding
Sep 17 2019
Branding & The Brain: How Social Media Changes but People Never Will
- By Kristen Lamb in Branding
Branding is very different in the digital age, namely because we are incessantly bombarded with ads and marketing. We’re ‘pitched to’ more than any other time in human history. That’s why our overloaded brains have developed clever shortcuts. Most ads we literally NEVER SEE. How can we change this? How can writers cultivate an audience in a world where people are ‘marketing blind’? The answer is simpler than one might think.
Jul 24 2018
Targeting Readers: Audiences Have Evolved & So Should Marketing
How many times have we been told we should be targeting our readers, audience, and customers? Am I the only one disturbed by this advice? Targeting seems like it should involve a Predator Drone…or at least a trebuchet. For the record, I imagine many authors would view sales (and targeting) with far more enthusiasm if …
May 10 2018
Cocky-Blocked: How to Nuke Your Brand From Orbit
- By Kristen Lamb in Business, Kristen Lamb, Publishing, Romance, Self-Publishing, Social Media Platform, Writing
Call me cocky for even weighing in on this issue (at your own peril). But, seriously, folks. It’s rare to run across something so epically wrong AND foolish and…ironically, cocky. As an author branding expert, I’d be remiss NOT to say something about Cockygate (though I seriously hate having to). Cockygate. Yes, folks, it’s a …
Jan 29 2018
Author Business 101: Books, Brand & Buds
Publishing is a business, and—SURPRISE—so is being an author. By definition, anyone who decides to go pro is automatically an author business. ‘Business’ is what separates the hobbyists, dabblers, amateurs and wanna-be’s from true professionals. I can already hear the great gnashing of teeth. Calm down. *hands paper bag* Breathe. One of the main reasons emerging …
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Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital Age
What is a brand? A platform? Why do we need one? How do we get one? Better still how can we create a brand with the power of driving book sales and still have time left to do THE most important part of our job? Writing more books.
This book demystifies branding and social media and harnesses the same passion and imagination we authors use to write books, then uses that to locate and cultivate a devoted fan base. The methods taught in this book can weather any technological upheaval, and is virtually fad-proof. The new cool social site might change, but your platform will remain.More info →
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About Kristen Lamb
Kristen Lamb is the author of the definitive guide to social media and branding for authors, Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World. She’s also the author of #1 best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer. She’s just released her highly acclaimed debut mystery-thriller The Devil’s Dance.
Kristen has written over twelve hundred blogs and her site was recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine as one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers. Her branding methods are responsible for selling millions of books and used by authors of every level, from emerging writers to mega authors.