Posts Tagged With: Author Platform

Build Your Author Platform (We Grow Media, With Dan Blank)

In the early Spring I was Very fortunate to attend Dan Blank’s Build Your Author Platform 6 week course, Via a scholarship program, and weather you are a writer that is just starting, in the middle, or even an established author, I highly recommend this course. If you are any of these you may want to visit Dan Blank’s We Grow Media, and take the diving plunge into building your author platform.  What did I get out of this course? I learned how to use google analytics to make my website/blog more noticeable. I learned how to approach other authors and writers in my genre in which I have made some very good friends. I learned how to target my audience, and how to engage them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. And to complete it all I have made some great friends, confidants, and contacts along the way. The list goes on and on, and the conference calls are filled with great memories, and knowledge.

Even if you are an established author, I still recommend this course, too many authors feel their publicist needs to publisize them, go beyond that, be personal and comunicate with your audience members, they will read your books faithfully, and you gain a good pal along the way.

Dan”s course has this to offer and so much more:

Dan Blank’s online course runs from from October 31 – December 18, and provides the structure and skills you need to build the foundation for your writing career. The The full course includes the following elements:


  • 6 career-shifting lessons that take you step by step through the process of how to develop your author platform.
  • Personalized feedback via weekly homework assignments, where I directly address your challenges and opportunities with advice to ensure you are on the right track.
  • The ability to ask questions 24/7 via our private online forum. Here, you can discuss key topics in developing your platform with myself and other students in the course.
  • 6 Exclusive Insider Calls, where I get on the phone with the entire class and you can ask anything. Here you have a chance to brainstorm ideas; dig into specific challenges you are trying to move past; and build close relationships with myself and the other writers in the course. All Exclusive Insider Calls are recorded, so if you miss a call, you always have access to the recording.
  • 6 Guest Expert Calls from leading publishing professionals, including: Jane Friedman, Richard Nash, Joanna Penn, Colleen Lindsay, Jeff Goins and Kathleen Schmidt (more info below). These experts get on the phone with the class, and allow you to ask them any question you want. They provide personalized insight that helps you build your author platform. All Guest Expert Calls are recorded, so if you miss a call, you always have access to the recording.

You are provided access to a private online classroom where you will find all course material, and engage with the other students. The only thing you need to participate in the course is a web connection and telephone.

A close friend and classmate Kathy Pooler A memoir writer, had this to say about taking Dan’s 6 week course “You will network with other writers, have fun, and learn more that you ever imagined you could about building your author platform.”

If are available I suggest you join Dan Wednesday for a  FREE!!! Webinar: Why You Need An Author Platform (Wed Oct 24, 2pm ET)



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Welcome to Shotgun Bo Rivers

With great pleasure I bring to you a fresh, clean, and exciting  look to Shotgun Bo Rivers, The Old West in the 21st century. This month marks my two year mark for being a self-published author and blogger, and this week my Ebooks are finally available for purchase and are in good format, which I have Mark Coker to thank for his wonderful Ebook Smashwords Style Guide.

I want to personally thank everyone that has guided, coached, helped, and supported me through the past two years, I can actually say I am still plugging away, I have a lot more to learn, and a whole lot more to offer the Western Genre community, readers and authors alike. I hope that those of you that have helped me in one way or another will still hang in there with me as I reach for the stars.

I also begin Dan Blanks, Build an Author Platform course this week and I am super excited. to get that under way.

Nonetheless without further ado, I Bring you Shotgun Bo Rivers, The Old West in the 21st century. be sure to visit my Facebook page for a special welcome link that I built just for you.

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Thank you for helping me write.

I have not blogged in a while, heck I haven’t even been writing, and it has driven me crazy. Life caught me up in a drag for a while, and everything that has gone on with family stuff has just been overwhelming. Good news, I went on vacation to clear my mind and it worked, I have a few days of house work to do, and some stuff coming in to take care of for my wife’s new business venture, but I think in a few days when things are in order I may just get to sit down with my novel, read and rewrite, and some more writing, there is a lot to do, however, I have to read what I have, because I sort of forgot where I left off. I know as a writer, you should write something everyday, so today is my starting point of the next step of my writing career, I plan to write something everyday, even if it is just thoughts, or scenarios, anything that might stimulate my novel, and anything else that I am working on. I have a how to book that I have ached to finish which explains the road I have taken to self-publishing my first two books, with no money at hand at all. They are not a complete success,  but a great experience all the same, it has surely gotten my feet wet in how the writers world works. I want to say With gods amazing grace self-publishing introduced me to some wonderful people, and they deserve to be mentioned.

  Honorable mentions are Dan Blank, a great teacher in learning how to build an author platform, I have learned a lot from him, and have not yet taken his course, mostly because I am financially embarrassed, at the moment and don’t have the cash to take it, but still have learned a lot just the same, if interested in his course you can join by visiting, I hope you can learn something from one of the leaders in the industry. Another honorable mention, and my very first tutor in writing in K.M. Weiland, an awesome teacher, and her blog, and videos, just happen to be in my price range, Free, although free, Ms. Weiland is great with teaching, and sharing how to build your characters in your story, and I definitely have learned a lot from her, my favorite blog among them all that I follow. The Creative Penn is another great place to learn, and refresh writing, skill, and vocabulary, etc, Joanna covers it all from writing, publishing, even selling your books, to subscribe to these wonderful blogs, visit K.M Weilands blog, and her wordplay wordplay-,, which helps the writer become an author. Visit Joanna Penn’s blog for some awesome interaction, with writing,blogging, publishing, etc.

Now I must not forget a dear friend that I have met via the writers digest community, that lives in the same town as me, memoir writer Kathleen Pooler, with some of her advice, and points in the right direction, I may not have found the above people. she has helped me in my journey of becoming an author, and deserves some great credit, so please if you enjoy a good blog, visit, through faith, hope, love, and adversity Kathleen is in the middle of telling her story, and directly from her blog  How does a woman from a stable Christian home go off on so many self-defeating detours and how does she come back home again? 

From some of the stories that are in her book, I feel that you will ask these questions while reading the whole book, and those questions will hook you to the very end, I can assure you from a western genre reader, and writer, Kathleen’s memoir, is a must read even for me.

Well to the wonderful people I mentioned above, I want to personally thank you for all the lessons, and learning that I have picked up from you, and I want to also personally thank all the people who I have not mentioned, you know exactly who you are, from writers digest, twitter, blogging, and facebook. you are wonderful, and I thought it was about time that I thanked you all. Jackie Gordon, Steven Law, James Wright, Larry Payne, J.R. Sanders, and everyone in my group Western genre Fiction/nonfiction. Thanks to all of you for the support, comments, blogs, and webinars, I appreciate it.

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