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Get Known Before The Book Deal: Use Your Personal Strengths To Grow An Author Platform Paperback – November 17, 2008

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ISBN-13: 978-1582975542 ISBN-10: 158297554X

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About the Author

Christina Katz is the author of Writer Mama. She started her platform "for fun" seven years ago and ended up on Good Morning America. She has been encouraging reluctant platform-builders via her e-zine Writers on the Rise and has been covering the topic for the past two years. She recently launched the e-course, Platform Building Basics for Writers, and writes a monthly column on platform development for The Willamette Writer.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158297554X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582975542
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christina Katz, also known as The Writer Mama and The Prosperous Writer, is the author of three books from Writer's Digest: The Writer's Workout, Get Known Before the Book Deal, and Writer Mama.

A champion of mom writers while also maintaining her own prolific career, Christina's writing career tips and parenting advice appear regularly in national, regional, and online publications.

Christina has been a "gentle taskmaster" to thousands of writers over the past decade. Her students go from unpublished to published, build professional writing career skills, and increase their creative confidence by working with her intensively over the years.

A platform development pioneer, Christina's work as an expert, coach, and trainer has helped establish the concept in the minds of millions of writers, who now rely on their platforms to support their livelihoods.

Christina has helped midwife many profitable micro-publications into existence for her long-time students. The most successful of these have earned thousands of dollars for their author-owners. The future looks bright for future sales and additional projects for these or any hard-working writers who follow Christina's micro-publishing advice.

Christina holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in English from Dartmouth College. She was among the first to say that academic programs that train writers should also include platform training, and today most MFA programs for writers do.

A popular speaker on creative career growth, platform development, and micro-publishing, Christina keynotes for writing conferences, literary events, MFA writing programs, and libraries. Her work has been featured and quoted on television, on radio, in newspapers, in magazines, in books, and online over the past decade.

Coaching with Christina is available in direct and indirect forms for writers working from home, on the road, or abroad. Christina lives near Wilsonville, Oregon with her multi-talented husband, her delightful daughter, and far too many pets.

Learn more by clicking around http://christinakatz.com, by subscribing to The Prosperous Writer e-zine, and by following Christina's blog and social media channels.

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Christina has become widely respected for her work in these areas:

Micro-publishing your way to a traditional book deal
Author platform development from start to expert
Finding and focusing on your writing specialties
Strategies for writing and selling for traditional publication and beyond
Establishing and deepening multiple income streams
Creative productivity & prosperous self-care
Mom writer training
Work/life balance in the Internet age

Words that describe Christina are:

Writing coach
Author coach
Writer coach
Creativity coach
Prosperity coach
Creative career coach
Sell your content coach
Specializing coach
Platform development coach
Micro-publishing coach
Become your own publishing imprint coach

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
I liked this book. There certainly is lots of meat in it. And it is well organized and well written. It tells the reader how to be successful at self-promotion so one can become a recognized expert or noted authority. It is often said that if you want to become known as an expert or authority you need to write a book. But often times to get your first book published by a third-party publisher who will get your book distributed through the big book chains you need to get known as an expert or authority BEFORE your write your book. This book tells you most of what you should consider doing to get that publisher to sign you up.

The book is split into three parts. First we are told how to pick an expertise or what authority to become. Secondly, we are told about many of the marketing tools and techniques available to establish yourself as an expert or noted authority. And lastly, we are told how to pull all those marketing efforts together into a package (or platform) in order to self promote oneself. Basically the book falls together as follows:

>>Platform basics (chapters 1-3)
>>Niche development (chapters 4-6)
>>Audience identification (chapters 7-9)
>>The write attitude (chapters 10-12)
>>Mission acknowledgment (chapters 13-15)

>>Join in (chapter 16)
>>Connect with others (chapter 17)
>>Volunteer up (chapter 18)
>>Teach to learn (chapter 19)
>>Make an appearance (chapter 21)
>>Host something (chapter 22)
>>Get articles in print [& online] (chapter 23)
>>Offer a service (chapter 24)
>>*Establish an Amazon presence by reviewing books
>>*Write an ebook or ebooks
>>*Create a popular ezine

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Freudian Slips VINE VOICE on November 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
Writing is a hobby for me which I occasionally turn into a profession by getting articles accepted for publication. Last year I secured my first book contract and have a book coming out in May from Viking Press. It has been quite a learning process and I have had books to guide me all along the way-- from finding an agent to writing a book proposal, etc.

But the one aspect of book-writing I found challenging was the notion of a platform. It was one of the first questions my agent asked me and it has followed me throughout the process. I am by nature rather introverted and the notion of having to do all that networking and marketing was not too appealing. I was fortunate, though, because my article writing and my teaching and training programs (however unintentionally)served as a platform.

I discovered this book through a writer's blog- it was praised for the valuable new information it provided. I immediately found the book and literally read it in one day- constantly marking it with notes and sticky-tab reminders to return to certain sections, follow the instructions, etc.

In the field of books about writing, where many titles and topics stumble over one another offering the same tired advice, Ms. Katz's book is a bright new light providing new and valuable information. If you're a writer or thinking of becoming a writer, run, don't walk to your nearest bookstore, or click the order button here at Amazon and get it. Unless you're already a marketing whiz, this book will open up new avenues and strengthen what many consider the most important part of any book proposal- your platform and marketing plan.

Good luck to all wanna-be (and already are) writers out there-- success is possible and this book will greatly help.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Martha F. Junge on October 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
Writing may be an art, but getting published is a business. This is the first book I've read where the author not only understands that, but also makes it easy for the reader to take action. Christina Katz defines a platform as "...all the ways you are visible and appealing to your future, potential, or actual readership." Substitute the word "clients" for "readership" and in this book you'll find everything business owners need to learn how to position and promote their companies or their first book. Plus, the info is presented logically, in easy-to-understand-and-implement chunks, without the hype that pads so many self-marketing books. There is an incredible amount of practical advice and real-world tips packed into 260 pages, along with encouraging statements to convince even the most self-promotion-phobic readers that, "Yes, I can!" I'm glad "Get Known before the Book Deal" came out in November because it's going to be a stocking stuffer for every writer and entrepreneur on my list!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew (Andy) Harris on October 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
The market for professional authors has always had a little bit of a 'voodoo' aspect to it. It's clear that writing skill is critical for an aspiring author, but it's also self-evident that writing skill itself is not sufficient.

Talk to most experts and they'll talk all about this notion of 'Platform.' It's a buzz word, to be sure, but it's such a consistent part of the writing community that I secretly wanted to believe it really worked.

Christina's book is the first one I've read that really convinced me what a platform really is. It's also the first book I've read that helped me really get a grasp on some of the things that I've been struggling to do.

Although the book is targeted towards new authors (primarily those who have not yet sold their first book) I found it helpful in my own situation. (I've had a dozen technical books published, but I've still failed to establish a meaningful platform.)

Thanks for the help!
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