How To Create Your Book Platform: There's An App for That! by Stephanie Barko
Authors now have an easy way to create their book platform. Instead of authors going cross-eyed over what to put in their platform, we can now say “there’s an app for that”.
Book Platform Defined
A book platform documents a forum and following for a book in its first year of life. It’s a marketing plan that shows where a book’s readers are coming from, a useful device for attracting literary agents and publishers.
DIY Book Platform
DIY Book Platform is a web-based app that guides authors of multiple genres & publishing tracks to create a unique platform for their upcoming release.
Sections in the app include market analysis, reviews, audience, media, social networking, events, and competitions. Each section is color coded to help users keep their place as they navigate through the tool, answering multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions. Most questions include notes to help the author understand publishing terminology and book marketing concepts. For example, one note helps authors determine their standardized subgenre.
At the end of the Q&A sequence in the app, the user can save and print out their book platform, which they can then use to attract an agent or acquire a publisher. Authors intending to do their own book marketing can execute the platform themselves.
DIY Book Platform was a year and a half in development and especially created for debut authors. It was the brainchild of a book publicist seeking a way to help writers who could not afford her. The user interface is patterned after Oprah’s new website.
A 45-day pass is available from the DIY Book Platform web or mobile site for $99. How to Follow
Follow the app at
For Further Information
www.DIYBookPlatform.com - customercare AT DIYBookPlatform DOT com
Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist’s award-winning clients include traditional publishers and their authors, small presses, and independently published adult nonfiction writers and historical novelists.
She has been presenting and helping American authors get reviewed and noticed for the past ten years. Her articles and book reviews have been published in Writers’ Digest, Southern Writers Magazine, and San Francisco Book Review.
Since its inception in 2005, Stephanie has welcomed bestselling authors to her nonfiction book group in Austin, which has been featured on BookBrowse. Stephanie Barko’s PR agency was recently voted Best Resource in the 2015 Small Business Book Awards.
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