I help authors build an online presence and better platforms through digital marketing and content development.
Do you need a Beta Reader for your manuscript? Help with your Book Launch?
Contact me today!
What I read:
- NonFiction Self Help
- NonFiction Christian Living
- NonFiction Christian Devotions
- NonFiction Planners or Organizers
- Fiction, Women’s
- Historical Fiction
- Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Gothic
- Email me with your Genre if you have a question
- Books will be reviewed with postings to (Where applicable) Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes, and Noble, Walmart, Books A Million, Christian Books, My Blog, all my social media outlets which include Litsy, Instagram, Facebook, My Facebook Page, Pinterest, BookBub, Goodreads, Medium, & My YouTube Channel. For book appearances and book shops, I post my reviews on Tripadvisor and Yelp.
- After books have been finished, I will give them away to one of my newsletter subscribers.
- I only take a few books per quarter so please email me several months before your book is due to launch to get on my list.
Whether you are a seasoned author or just beginning, everyone could use a little help.
Are you feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with the job of building an online presence? Tired of trying to grow your emails with no results? Feel like you’re spinning your wheels with wasted time on social media? Need to launch a book and you’re ready to give up?
I can help.
If you are getting started on your journey, it’s just as important to develop a solid brand and marketing plan as it is to build your business. Even if you’ve been established in your career for some time, the same applies to you in this new age of digital marketing.
There are four basic elements you need to start building a productive and rewarding online presence.
Getting a Domain & Website is the first step. You want to make it easy for people to find you online. If the thought of creating a website overwhelms you, reach out to a professional.
You want to create a special place for your target audience to connect with you as well as showcase your work.
The best way to keep in contact with those who are committed to purchasing your products or services is by collecting email addresses. Grow your list with a lead magnet or free giveaway.
Put some thought into what type of lead magnet would best suit and benefit your target audience and keep in line with your brand.
Social Media is an easy way to connect with your audience or be discovered by potential followers.
It’s an excellent opportunity to develop a community.
Writing can be a lonely isolated business. Having community can be a lifesaver. Many make the mistake of only using social media as means to promote or sell.
Creating a platform on social media to initiate connections and cultivate relationships is a more productive use of your time and will reap valuable rewards.
But not all social media platforms fit your target audience. Finding out which platform you need to be on and then building a community there is key.
You want everything you do to compliment your branding.
Whether it’s a One-Sheet for conferences, social media headers, a podcast logo, free downloads for your readers, or branded images for your blog, keeping your brand consistent is an easy way to complete a seamless marketing strategy.
Learn how to do all of these successfully by following my blog series on each topic.
You’re not alone in your journey. It is possible to market your book and develop your brand while you focus on doing what you love… writing!
STILL, FEEL OVERWHELMED?
Make a list of your assets. Next, ask a few family members and friends to list ways you’ve helped or encouraged them. Compare your lists, I bet you’ll see some similarities.
Those gifts are exactly what you need to grow your business!
Marketing is less about selling a product or service and more about creating relationships.
Think of the many people you come into contact with each day. How do you communicate with them? Are you a compassionate listener? Are you a problem solver? Are you a natural-born leader or do you enjoy working behind the scenes?
Your personality plays a huge role in how you will effectively brand and market yourself.
Creating Art as a Business
If you want to become a professional writer and get your creative work in the hands of others, you have to approach writing as a business.
A few things you need to do are:
- Create a unique business plan that fits your personality and goals.
- Discover your unique brand and develop it.
- Build your brand through social media and a website presence.
- Offer a lead magnet, something of value, to your readers to collect their email addresses.
- Build community with your email list.
Don’t let this overwhelm you.
Reach out to me or someone else for help. Don’t let the fear of marketing and building your platform intimidate or stop you from pursuing your dreams of publishing.
How to Start a Blog (And Get People to Read it!)
You’ll learn how to:
Develop a blog niche – Voice/Audience/Theme
Find the right blog host, platform, & theme – How it looks & works.
Learn what the most important elements are to include & where to put them
Create a Lead Magnet & the importance of Email Collection
The Busy Person’s Guide to Getting Writing Done
You’ll learn how to:
Develop a business plan & goal list
Define your mission statement
Organize & prioritize your writing projects
Establish a daily, weekly, monthly & yearly planner with time blocks
Building Your Writing Brand
The Importance of Relationships
Building a Brand is not about You, but your Audience
What is a Brand
Personal Brand vs. Business Brand
Defining your Brand as a Business
Creating a Brand Bible
How to Build a Brand Through Social Media
Branding for Fiction vs. NonFiction
Make Money Writing
You’ll learn how to:
Develop a content provision/developer niche
Find new material
Approach potential clients
Market and brand yourself while staying organized.
Mountain Valley Writer’s Conference 2017- How to Make Money as a Writer
Eastern Shore Lifelong Learning Fall Classes 2017 – Blogging Basics for Writers
Publish, and Market Your Way to Success 2018
Southern Christian Writers Conference 2018 – Building a Brand as a Writer
Southern Christian Writer’s Conference Fall Fiction Workshop 2019 – The Importance of Building a Platform
Southern Christian Writer’s Virtual Conference 2021 – Best Practices for Social Media & Writing
How to Unlock your Creative Potential — Overcome fear and learn how to take simple steps to get started.
Just Getting Started — Many people think they’re too old or it’s too late to do what they want in life or they don’t have what they need. They are always wrong. Tips & Takeaway worksheet for practical steps.
Branding Basics — The most important element of marketing is discovering your brand (writing voice/writing niche/prospective audience) and learning how to develop it. It may take a little time, effort, and investigating, but you can develop a brand that suits your goals and give you the confidence you need to market yourself professionally and efficiently.
You’re Not Alone — Writing can be a lonely business but it doesn’t have to be. Learn how to find a like-minded community and how to connect with them in a healthy relationship.
Mentoring Minds — Success can take a long time to achieve and experiences are our teachers. One of the best things you can do as a writer is to become a mentor to someone else. Learn how to take your experiences, whether they were successful or failures, and help someone else in their writing journey.
Best Practices for Time Management — Your time is your biggest asset. Learn how to set a schedule, make the most of free and paid tools to help with time management, and develop a mindset for productivity.
Thanks for your interest in Cindy’s workshops and speaking engagements. If you’d like to ask a few questions or schedule a call, reach out today!
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Cindy Jones has spent decades learning the business of writing and marketing. In the past, she has specialized in B2B content provision, social media management, and marketing for real estate, tourism, and author promotion as well as provided a coaching service specifically geared toward solo entrepreneurs and creative artists,
Her mission is to guide writers in discovering their goals and unique voice while giving them the tools they need to succeed. She speaks regularly on topics including marketing, branding, writing, publishing, and blogging.
Cindy has appeared in publications such as; The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, The Christian Post, The Writer’s Den, Inspire a Fire, Birmingham Magazine, Birmingham Parent, Birmingham Business Journal, and RootsRated. Her writing has won various awards, including first place in the Alabama Professional Media Nonfiction Category. She has founded and facilitated creative writing groups throughout Alabama and Mississippi for all ages.
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“Cindy joins the Mountain Valley Writers Conference with the task of providing the tools for creating a living wage providing content. She will challenge attendees to take their words to the next level. Whether you are a blogger, a novelist, or a non-fiction specialist, developing new income avenues and learning new paths to make money writing will give you a stronger foundation for the journey.”
“She’s very organized, and she begins and ends on a positive note. Her enthusiasm is contagious.”
“Cindy has such vast knowledge of how we, as writers, can best relate through the maze of social media. Her approachable personality and style allow her to get to the nitty-gritty of your needs. She’s wonderful as a person and as someone who genuinely cares about helping writers. If you have a chance to go to her workshops, GO.”
“Cindy is an incredible presenter! I had the privilege of attending a class she taught at the Southern Christian Writers Conference in June of 2018. The conference was great, but her class alone was worth the price of the conference. I learned so much about social media, branding, and writing success, it literally changed my perspective and clarified the new direction I am taking. Cindy will help you attain your goals and live out your dreams.”
“Cindy is a motivating leader and teacher about marketing yourself as a writer. She’s a dynamo with a wealth of knowledge!”
“Cindy has been a wonderful encouragement to me when I started my journey as an Indie Author. I found her to be insightful into issues that writers face and seemed to have just the right wisdom for the right time.”
“Cindy is personable, encouraging, knowledgeable, and helpful. She is honestly interested in the people she meets and genuinely desires to help them succeed. She has sound advice, is purposeful in her presentation, and offers tons of resources, and helps budding writers. Fabulous presenter and a very real person. Has helped me realize a whole new direction, for which I am so grateful. Highly recommended.”