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From the Author
I am Writing Career Coach / Manuscript Consultant / Author / Reader / Library Advocate Teresa LeYung Ryan and I say: "Reach out not stress out when pursuing your dreams!"
About the Author
Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan created the workbook Build Your Writer's Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (GraceArt Publishing) to help fiction and nonfiction writers gain a competitive edge, before and after publication.
More resources on her website and blog writingcoachteresa.com Coach Teresa's YouTube Channel: youtube.com/teresaleyungCoach Teresa's motto: "A platform is not what I stand on, but what I stand FOR. I help my fans find me." Look for other workbooks by Coach Teresa.
To demonstrate platform-building as an author of novels, short stories, memoirs and speeches, Teresa LeYung Ryan uses the various genres to: honor the immigrant experience; inspire adult-children of mentally-ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas and gain resources for their families; help survivors of family violence find their own voices through writing.
Her first novel Love Made of Heart (Kensington Publishing NY) is: a 2002 nominee of the Asian American Literary Award; recommended by the California School Library Association and the California Reading Association; archived in the San Francisco History Center; read by college and university students; used as required-reading by Advance Composition English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teachers; available in public libraries. lovemadeofheart.com
Teresa LeYung Ryan is: * a board member at Women's National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter; * a past-president of California Writers Club-San Francisco Peninsula Branch; * a recipient of the Jack London Award in recognition of outstanding service to California Writers Club; * a big proponent of public libraries and public schools.
Teresa appreciates your reviews of her books listed on Amazon and other booksellers and your comments on her blog posts at lovemadeofheart.com/blog/
I try to be authentic as possible - the good, the bad, the ugly - so reviewers will trust my opinion. So here it goes: When you get this book you may ask "why did I spend 20 bucks on this", but then you read it, and then you start doing the exercises, and then your name starts popping up in every Google search out there. So it works. There are parts I think need to be reworked in version two (how to log on the Internet takes a page or two which probably doesn't need to be there, fonts a little confusing, PC vs. Mac focused) but if you can work with these, they are small compared to the task focused benefit of the book.
I bought it before a writers conference I attended and while the writers conference was great to energize my desire to get a platform going, two weeks later, it was Teresa LeYung Ryan's and Christine Katz's books that kept me going and powering through. While Katz's book is a good "here is what to do", Ryan's book is "do this". Both are great. I am happy I bought it, and would recommend it (and Katz's book if you can buy two). It is a task focused book that is great for a first time author with little or no marketing/media experience.
if you want to build your platform or even start marketing your business, this is a book to consider. If you need someone to guide you, this is your book!
I'm sorry but these series of worksheets did not do it all for me. It looks like a mid-school teachers notes for a class with exercises. If folks get value out of it, great, but it seemed overpriced, underproduced, and underwritten to me. I would return it, if I could find it.
Much has been written in the past year or two about the importance to writers of having a "platform." Writers without a platform, we are told, find it difficult if not impossible to be taken seriously by agents and publishers. This ambitious book takes a new approach to building a platform. Instead of the usual pep talks, it consists of a series of exercises--22 minutes for 22 days-- to build the reader's self-knowledge and skill. The exercises are often thought-provoking, and always fun. For all writers who find themselves "stuck" when it comes to building a platform, this is a most worthwhile tool. Margaret Davis ([...])
I am working to increase my presence for my blog. Ryan's book had excellent information, just what I was looking for. This will probably be too simple for experienced Internet or social marketers, but for newbies and tyro's like me it works.
Having purchased and worked (two key ingredients) Coach Teresa's book, I received the expert guidance I needed to launch my novel's blog . . . GolanskisTreasures.com. (Big hint here - start blogging a year in advance of publishing your book). In addition, she was kind enough to offer me pointers beyond that of building my platform, and gave me the needed assist to put together a solid book pitch that elicited a much-appreciated, "That is the best pitch I have ever heard! NO . . . REALLY! A+!" from a respected book agent. Coach Teresa is not only an exceptionally knowledgeable guide, but mixes firm patience with compassion in her work with writers (especially those of us who feel confident when creating art, but less so in self-promotion). After studiously working my way through the 22 days worth of "1-2-3 instructions," I came away feeling greatly empowered and launched a blog that has tapped into a wonderful community of "followers." Coach Teresa urges reaching out and touching many "someones," so please visit my blog to see how this writer has grown as a marketer under gifted tutelage. If you even hesitate a moment regarding the value of purchasing this book, just think of its modest price as equal to one of the MANY more books you will end up selling due to having Coach Teresa on your team!
I call Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan a woman of a thousand pictures. She helps writers of all genres create their "platform statements" and shows them how to broadcast (even in photo file names!) to attract agents, publishers, the media, and fans. Building your platform is especially crucial these days because so many talented writers are publishing and promoting their books, trying to compete with best-selling authors and celebrity authors. Even if you already have a huge fanbase, you still need a platform. Coach Teresa helps you re-establish my platform. Stick to her 22-day program by getting the workbook Build Your Writer's Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW. You'll see what it means when Coach Teresa says "Reach out, not stress out."
Rita Lakin author of the seven Gladdy Gold mysteries.
This book is written as a set of specific tasks. And I think that is what is so great about it. The author doesn't spend 200 pages waffling and trying to convince you of something you're already dying to do, but just don't know how to execute. All you have to do is follow the directions. No analyzing too many options, no trying to out-think the huge behemoth that is publishing industry. It's like having a friend take you by the hand, set you down on the right path, and then walk right along side you. The added benefit is that on the way, you'll find out some pretty interesting things about yourself and what your platform (so essential these days for getting published) is really all about.
For me, having clear cut steps and directions is invaluable when it comes figuring out what I really want to communicate to potential readers and how to get my platform established.
I know. I'm a writer, newly finished my first work (okay, here I'm going to plug it) "Over the Edge," a fictionalized memoir, told in nine episodes, which tells what it's really like to live, run, and be a part of the street life.