Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Relationship economy as it relates to authors

When I decided to transition away from the grant writing/ event fundraising world and into being a fiction writer, I was pleasantly surprised by how supportive, encouraging and connected authors were to each other.

Being an independent author is a lot of work with a steep learning curve, as any indie author will tell you. The journey is made that much sweeter when other authors help give you boost, point out footholds and sometimes pull you up to the next platform.  

When I was fundraising, part of my job was to built relationships with funders with the end goal of getting funding for a particular organization. As a writer I find the successful ones are the ones that are out there building relationships with people in person and on social media platforms with the end goal of writing more books, marketing and making sales. 

One of the most effective strategies to use the relationship economy system, which is all about give and take. One way writers do this is the review exchange system, "I'll read and review yours, if you read and review mine." Another one is done on twitter "I'll retweet you, if you retweet me."

Relationship Economy and Relationship Building Resources: 
Author Alley on Facebook utilizes this system very effectively. Another great relationship economy tool is Patreon, a site that uses the crowdfunded  model, but with a reciprocal twist (more information). Women authors should definitely check out Women Writers, Women  Books, it is the most encouraging and supportive forum for women writers and a great way to build relationships with other authors and readers.

What are some resources that have helped you? Who would you like to thank? 

I would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who has helped me in any way, big or small.

KM Hodge is the author of The Syndicate Series of Suspense novels. 
Seasons (Book #1) is available for free on Amazon June 3-4

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