Tips on gathering support

Created almost 3 years ago by jacob browning with 5 comments
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Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited almost 3 years ago · 1 like
I have some theories up on a forum called Strategy Guide, I’d love for someone to test them though. If you come up with any ideas please put them up on Strategy Guide, I want it to be a Forum where people can get reliable tips for their campaigns.     
Bryvxbbn jacob browning · Author · edited almost 3 years ago
 With family its a little more then that, it is the support that i know i can’t count on. With friends i have asked and they’ve given me great support but they can’t afford much and i don’t have many.
Not that i’m not still trying I’m just trying to reach out beyond it.  Besides I’d rather succeed because the buyer wanna read it.

You other tips are great :) I’ve been wondering what to do for a video and there is already a few project I’ve been meaning to get behind.

Picture Joseph Asphahani · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 2 likes
Hi, Jacob. A couple of responses here. (I’ll try to be brief, but I suck at that. These usually turn into huge posts...)

You said your family/supporters aren’t into fantasy? I say WHO CARES!? You can - and you should - still get their support. That’s on you. You have to make them see that the actual book doesn’t matter. They can tear the pages out for kindling if they need to once it’s published. You need to switch your frame of mind on that - they’re not supporting the book, they’re supporting YOU. YOUR dream. Make them see that the minimum $10 e-book - even if they never download it! - brings you one step closer to achieving that. Do not take no for an answer. ...which loops back around to the point about bugging them again and again. Keep a spreadsheet with names and dates so you can see exactly how long it’s been when you last reached out. And then STAY on them. 

You might get 1 or 2 people who flat out tell you to F-off... And ONLY then should give up. And honestly, if they tell you that, then they’re probably not worthy of being your friend/supporter anyway. You’ll be surprised to learn that not a lot of people will actually refuse.

(Ah crap... This IS getting long.)

As to some of @Karr Leroy ’s points:

1-Media = YES. Get a video done. Even if it’s just you talking to a camera. Doesn’t HAVE to be fancy. 3 minutes max (even though I broke my own rule here). Explain who you are, what the book means to you, what inspired it, and give your ’elevator pitch’ (which should be 2 of the 3 minutes). Then the call to action: "If this sounds good, then lend me your pre-order!" And for the record, book ’trailers’ with periodic, typed captions/slides set to ominous music or your favorite band, interspersed with screencaps from deviant art are NOT fancy. Videos have a better impact when we can see the wizard of oz behind his curtain - you, the author. At least I think so.

2-Recommendations. Exactly what Karr said. Find some interesting books and recommend them. Even if you only have a dozen followers - it’s not about reaching THEM, it’s also about getting yourself on inkshares Buzzing page. They’ll see so-and-so recommend this-and-that, and you might get a couple onlookers asking ’who’s so-and-so?’ Recommends are a good way to participate in the community. BUT, don’t just recommend everything. Actually spend TIME with other projects around here. Be authentic. Recommend stuff you LIKE. Don’t be a rec-spammer.

3-Reading the projects. Yup! Just like Karr said. Read, and leave reviews. Every author likes a glowing review. (I wrote a, uh, ’review guideline’ post somewhere on these forums... Just more info about how I see those. 

4-Here’s where I might disagree slightly with @Karr Leroy ... Don’t update constantly. Just don’t. Once per week, maximum. But make sure they are updates of substance! Something engaging. Pose a question. Start a discussion. ADD LINKS! To forum threads, other authors’ books, websites related to your story, etc. I get a hundred updates a day, and I do not read all of them. But I do read the first two sentences of all of them, at least. Which is the next thing: do NOT make updates overly long. Writing a good update is an exercise in engaging a reader powerfully right when it starts, then making your point as quickly as possible....

...which is something I obviously still struggle to do... :(

EDIT: found that reviews ettiquette thing I mentioned. (I hate the word etiquette... I can never spell it correctly. That, and guarantee. And weevil... Double letters mess me up!! )

Photo %281%29 Karr Leroy · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 4 likes
Hello, Jacob! Here’s some tips over the years of studying media and communication.  1.) Media. People, by nature, love imagery more than just text. Try to find a way to add media to accompany your campaign/story.  2.) Recommendation. Try recommending other Inkshare books to your followers no matter the number of followers you have. It gives you activity and interaction with your followers and other members of the Inkshare community.  3.) Read. Read a lot. Not only will it help you with writing, it’ll also connect you with other writers. Who doesn’t love friends with common interests? 4.) Update. Constantly add new content periodically. Treat it like your job (a fun job, though!) No matter how many followers you have, treat them as if they’re the only ones, and that they matter (because they do!) Update as if you’re talking to them in person.
I hope this helps! 
Bryvxbbn jacob browning · Author · edited almost 3 years ago · 1 like
So I’ve been looking around at tips from different authors around here on how to get the support you need and one point they continually say is keep bugging friends and family and get the word out. While this is excellent and true what can you do if there is not really anyone in your personal circle that you can get to? 

I don’t  have a wide circle of friends to get support from and most of my family either doesn’t talk much or aren’t interested in a book. Especially a fantasy book. 

So I’m wondering what are some other ways to gather some support off the site itself.