The Power of the Group: Author Blog Challenge begins Sept. 13th
by Laura Orsini
As you may know, this blog is visible proof of the power of the group, produced as it is by members of the Phoenix Publishing & Book Promotion Meetup. I took over the Meetup in May 2013 from a prior organizer who had held about six meetings at a small coffee shop in Scottsdale, Ariz. Then I let it languish, untouched and unmet, for about seven months. When I started holding meetings in January 2014, they were small, to be sure. The first meeting had 4 attendees, including myself!
My, how things have changed. Over the last two years, we’ve held 55 Meetups. We meet twice a month for a seminar on a specific topic relevant to publishing and/or book promotion. We also have a networking-only meeting once every other month. And as a result, our membership has grown and grown – we’re about to hit 500 members! Wow! OK – so if you know anything about Meetup, you know that means we might have seen about 137 of those 500 at an actual meeting. I’m keeping score loosely – so I don’t know exactly how many have attended.
To celebrate our success, though, we’ve got a couple things brewing. One is a party on Sept. 19 at the Phoenix City Grille. If you’re in the Phoenix area and want to join us, just make sure to RSVP.
The other big thing we’re up to is sponsoring another Author Blog Challenge. To keep with our theme of celebrating 500 Meetup members, this challenge will run 5 weeks (35 days). If you’ve never blogged, it’s a perfect time to start. If you’ve let your blog lapse and languish, this is a great opportunity to give it a word transfusion. If you’d just like to meet other great authors from all over the world – yes, we welcome authors of any genre and skill level, published or just thinking about it, ebook or printed book, well known and with less exposure, from any location – this is the best chance to make such acquaintances.
Our first Author Blog Challenge – back in 2012 – drew 90+ authors from 14 countries. I’m hoping to supersede both those numbers this time! So if you’re an author or aspiring author and want to join us, get yourself registered today. The Challenge kicks off on Sunday, September 13th. If you have other authors in your circle who might like to come and play with us, please share the info and invite them to sign up, too.
The goal is to blog all 35 days – on your own blog. I’m not going to bamboozle you – this will require a serious commitment on your part. Those who make it to the end, having posted all 35 days, will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to the bookstore of their choice. However, even if you don’t hit all 35 days, you’ll still receive great exposure for your blog (and book), get some practice, and meet some wonderful people. All told, it’s a win-win-win.
Everyone who registers will receive a complimentary copy of my special report, “138 Tips to Help You Blog Like a Pro.”
We will offer daily prompts – all of them topics related to writing, publishing, and/or book marketing. But if you prefer, you can write on the subjects of your choice.
Just to stir things up and give people even more incentive to write, we’re going to do a Giveaway of the Day. We’re accepting donations from participants (there’s a space in the registration form to describe your donation). It could be an ebook, short story, poem, special report, piece of art – anything you can give away digitally. Each day’s participants will be entered into a drawing to win that day’s prize.
A blog challenge truly demonstrates the power of the group – to read each others’ posts, comment on them, and share via social media. Won’t you join us??
LAURA ORSINI is a self-publishing consultant who works with authors who want to change the world. From concept to publication to the first-time author’s book launch, her expertise will help you make a better book and find more readers. Laura is the organizer of the Phoenix Publishing and Book Promotion Meetup and the host and creator of the Holiday Author Event, coming up on December 6. She will be exploring more about the power of the group in her coming posts for this group blog. In the meantime, read her posts at Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven. Friend her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, and check out her pins on Pinterest.