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Tips for Becoming a Top Influencer

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To become a top influencer in your field of expertise, you need to know who the top influencers are now. Your competition. Start with these questions:

1.       Who is your competition? Start with an Amazon search and Google search use your key words, your title. Who do you like? Who do you dislike? What is it that you like (or dislike) about each. Now, what makes you different—what is your unique factor?

2.       Follow blogs and social media of each. Make comments, re-share items. Reach out to the ones you like. Your goal is to connect and start building a collaboration. You may have info or insights into areas that will support the ones you like. Offer it.

3.       What’s missing? In reviews posted on Amazon, what do the one-stars say that their books lack. Can you provide it? In reviewing their website, their services, is there something you do that would contribute to them or a product that you could create together?

4.       Be savvy with your social media and blogs. Focus on your uniqueness. Use hashtags so you are quickly findable.



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Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and is the Founder of Author U, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 35 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences. Book #35 was published this summer: The How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos. Get your copy now.

Each summer, she holds Judith Briles Book Publishing Unplugged, a three day intensive limited to a small group of authors who want to be seriously successful. In 2016, the dates are June 23-25th.  Her audio and workbook series, Creating Your Book and Author Platform is now available. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for “AuthorU – Your Guide to Book Publishing” on the Toginet Network at .

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