Test Yourself – How Professional are You Publishing? Part 1 | Savvy Book Writers

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I came across this interesting article from Savvy Bookwriters about the importance of building an author platform. I subscribe to their blog posts and newsletter, as they are always full of great information for writers on the topic of self publishing.


Below is a snippet of the article on building an author platform. It’s a quiz for you to take with a checklist of important things to do to give your author platform visibility.

“Are You Ready to Answer these Questions?
… and add up your “YES” answers at the end of this little test. Don’t worry, no one is seeing your answers, and how favourable you compare. The test needs to be split in two parts as there are so many test questions.  Today’s questions are regarding your author platform, and the next one will be about the publishing process and your sales efforts.  I think it’s a great way to see what you have already achieved – and where there is room for improvement. Ready? Here it goes: . . .”  CONTINUE

Source: Test Yourself – How Professional are You Publishing? Part 1 | Savvy Book Writers 


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  1. Wow. I had way too many “no” answers. Must get to work!

    1. It’s seems our work is always an ongoing work in progress Deb. I know, it can be so overwhelming at times. But good to know, and something to bookmark for cross-checking. 🙂

      1. Absolutely. This post is on my list to come back to and take seriously.

        1. Many people liked this list. It’s quite lengthy but full of good advice. We can only do what we can do, but it’s good to keep it bookmarked to revisit. 🙂

  2. This is a great link but oh so very overwhelming!

    1. I know it can be Carol. I like to keep a folder for everything publishing so that I can refer to it when I’m dealing with something on the subject. That way I know it’s there when I need it, and less overwhelming. 🙂

      1. You are so organized. Many times I feel like it would be so nice to have a secretary. Have a happy day, Debby.

        1. That’s funny you say I’m organized, well I try to be and live by lists. But really my desk is quite overwhelming to look at. 🙂

  3. Again thank you dear Deb for always finding these posts.. You are so good at bringing us all of these tools.. Now All I need is the motivation to write 🙂 :-D.. Lots of LOVE.. Sue

    1. Sue, you’re a beautiful writer. I do think you could consider compiling some of your beautiful posts and publish about the universe. 🙂 xoxo

      1. Aww thank you so much Debbie for that wonderful compliment..May be one day I will… I have thought of compiling my poems so one day my granddaughter can read them in book form.. 🙂 xx

        1. Now isn’t that a wonderful idea! I look forward to it Sue. xo <3

  4. That’s great info, Debby. I wish I had time for a quarter of the marketing and other things I’m supposed to be doing. But I rather value having a roof over my head… such as it is, so I guess I’ll have to keep my job. I do hope you are doing well. Mega hugs!

    1. Lol Teag. You said it, there’s just so much to do including trying to make a living and dealing with life’s obstacles. We can only do what we can do. The list is good to keep for bookmarking. Nothing is written in stone. We do what we can do. Have a great week! xo <3

  5. Wow. That’s a huge list. I was relieve to see more yes than no answers, but still lots of holes. A great reference 🙂

    1. Yes, I thought it was a great reference. And don’t panic, we’re only human. It’s just something to keep handy and go back and reference every once in awhile. 🙂

  6. Great post, I ticked quite a few of the yes answers but not enough.

    1. I thought it’s a great guide for us to aim for. But baby steps count Adele. We can only do so much. Keep it bookmarked and revisit it. In time you can go back and see if you get more checked off. 🙂

  7. I love how you unselfishly glean the best and bring it here. Right now I am attending a retreat with writers – all published, so my own status with a work in progress could make me feel discouraged. Yet, they are so accepting and affirming of me; I refuse to let negative thoughts stunt my progress. Great post, Debby!

    1. Thanks so much Marian for your lovely comment. And how exciting to be at a retreat! And why shouldn’t they be accepting? You’re a wonderful writer. Not yet being published doesn’t make you any less, trust me. You have nothing to feel negative about.
      We put a lot of pressure on ourselves as writers, especially once published, we feel the need to get on to the next book. This can be overwhelming sometimes, particularly when life is throwing you lemons and writing sits on the backburner because of it. I’m going through this now and it’s sheer anxiety. We can be our own worst critics and slave drivers. Enjoy the lull before the pressure strikes, lol. 🙂

  8. Debby, the questions are an excellent tool for building an author platform. I haven’t yet published online (only in print because I haven’t found the right online publisher yet), but when I do, the material you shared will form the basis of my checklist. Thanks so much for sharing this information – I look forward to the next set of questions!

    1. Hi Bev. I’m glad you found it helpful as I did. I keep it bookmarked for easy reference. 🙂

  9. Holy Moly. This list is well researched and sooo overwhelming. o_O

    1. I have to laugh, as just about every comment stated how overwhelming it is. Yes, it is overwhelming when you self publish no doubt. It’s best to bookmark and keep handy for reference. Remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day. 🙂

  10. Hi Debby,
    My book is still not done! When it is, your author articles will help me.

    1. Thanks Janice. Just keep a ‘publishing’ file for bookmarked articles such as this that you can go back and refer to when the time comes. 🙂

      1. I keep them in my inbox that gets larger by day

        1. I know that feeling sooooooooo well, lol. 🙂 Happy Easter!

          1. Thanks my friend and to you!

  11. Corr, you do find some cracking posts don’t you – have hopped over and bookmarked for proper dissection of those questions

    1. Lol, and no doubt you will find it interesting. Great to bookmark and reference back to.It can be quite overwhelming, but nonetheless, a good checklist. 🙂

  12. 😀
    I scored more than 90% yes, and I’m quite happy with leaving most of the ‘no’ answers just as they are. We can’t do it all!

    1. You hit the nail on the head Deb, no, we just can’t do it all. But it’s a good guideline to reference, and kudos to you, undoubtedly you would have most of them checked off! 🙂

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