Page by: Jim Sullivan, 11/06/2022
THE QUICK VERSION
You complete an author interview
You upload the front cover of your book and the URL where people can buy it
We send you a link to the interview so you can share it on your blog page, social media, birthday cards to family etc
Nobody pays anybody any money - it's all free
If you’re a nice person and/or you’d like your book to be seen more often on our site, you’ll bring visitors in – either through your own link or by posting links to our articles, interviews, book reviews. See below for the magic of how this all works
THE LONGER VERSION
Profile is a community of authors, working together to increase awareness of our work.
I’M AN AUTHOR – HOW DO I SET UP AN INTERVIEW?
Please go to profilecritics.com/register and register an account. It’s free. Once you’ve registered you can list your books and we’ll start the whole process off. It doesn't take long and it's entirely under your control
WHAT HAPPENS THEN?
The whole point of Profile is to expose new writers – and established ones – to readers. The publishing world can be so narrow, we want to give readers a chance to meet a broad cross-section of the literary world. When you've completed your interview, and you're happy with it, you can tweet, facebook, email blast - whatever you currently do to promote your writing, a Profile interview gives you that extra opportunity.
We will give you a unique URL to promote your interview. Every visitor who uses that URL brings you Kudos points. Those points determine how often your book appears - in the interviews, and also alongside articles on the website. Your Kudos will look like this:
In this example the author's total Kudos is 675, made up of 373 visitors to their own interview and 302 visitors to articles (eg book reviews) which they have posted. The higher your Kudos figure, the more frequently your books will be displayed.
When you have registered you will also see a block of text (see example below) at the top of articles (reviews, interviews etc)
Example pages include:
This link is unique to you, so you can promote any article you wish on the main website and gain extra kudos points. Each author's version will be slightly different, because the unique referral link will have a slightly different code. If you right click on this block you can 'copy link address'. This can then be pasted into Facebook, Twitter etc.
Alternatively, just click on the relevant icon. The 'right click' option is ideal on a laptop/PC. The icons are handy when you're on a tablet.
HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT ME?
1. Your interview is seen by a far wider circle than the usual suspects - every time an author promotes their interview, they're also promoting 5 other interviews - sharing the love
2. Your book cover is shown with the articles on the website. These reach a wide readership, and each book cover is a direct link to your sales page (eg Amazon). So you're gaining brand recognition and sales
Suppose you have 100 followers - family, friends, fans. You're just starting out. There's little point telling these 100 people about your book - they already know about it. Profile lets 400-500 new people see your book every time you bring in 100 visitors.
HOW DO I INCREASE MY KUDOS POINTS?
Promote your interview. The URL we sent you acts as a tracker – it’s unique to you, so every time somebody visits using that URL, your kudos score goes up
Promote articles on the site. When you are logged in you’ll see some link text near the top of each article page. Right click on it and select ‘copy link address’ (or use the social media buttons) to promote the article. Every visitor who uses this link will bring you extra kudos points
You can use these links in various ways:
As permalinks from your blog or website
In email blasts
As Facebook posts
On Twitter. Remember to use hashtags to connect your post with relevant trends. For example, hashtag the book's title and @ the author, if it’s a book review
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR PROFILE?
We're quite a new ezine, and growing rapidly. Expect to see spin-off sites so that your work can have an even broader exposure to the reading world. We're run by authors for authors and readers, and we're passionate about giving great books a chance
SO IF I BRING MORE VISITORS, MY BOOK IS SEEN MORE OFTEN?
Yes, exactly that. You can:
- Promote your interview
- Promote articles on the website
Both will add to your kudos score. The articles are helpful because they're something different - it doesn't look as if you're just promoting yourself
I HAVE QUESTIONS - WHO DO I ASK?
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time with your queries. We want this to work for you
BUT YOU HAVEN'T ASKED FOR ANY MONEY?
There may come a time for that. We're genuine about being by authors, for authors. We will always offer a free service, and any paid services will be optional extras, to defray the costs of running the site. The plan is to expand our footprint on the Web, which will mean that those lovely Kudos points you accrue will achieve ever greater exposure.
It's early days for the site. Please spread the word to your writing friends, and please bring visitors to both sides of the enterprise - the interview section, and the front page articles. We all succeed together!
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