Writer Get Noticed! A Strengths-Based Approach to Creating a Standout Author Platform by Colleen M. Story

Loreena's Gift (fiction) Review HERE!
Overwhelmed Writer Rescue Review HERE!
Your Writing Matters Review - HERE!

Synopsis - 

Stop feeling invisible and start attracting the attention you deserve!

Have you been writing for years, but feel like no one notices? Have you published your stories, only to gain a handful of readers? Do your marketing efforts feel like shouting into a void?

Veteran writer and motivational coach Colleen M. Story helps you break the spell of invisibility to reveal the author platform that will finally draw readers your way.

There are more books out there than ever before, and readers have many other things vying for their attention. A writer can feel like a needle in a haystack, and throwing money at the problem rarely helps. What does work is creating a platform that stands out, but in a sea of a million platforms, how is one to do that?

Writer Get Noticed! takes a new approach, dispelling the notion that fixing your writing flaws and expanding your social media reach will get you the readers you deserve. Instead, discover a myriad of strengths you didn’t know you had, then use them to find your author theme, power up your platform, and create a new author business blueprint, all while gaining insight into what sets you apart as a writer and creative artist.

Writers need readers to achieve their highest potential. Find your way to stand out, and let it lead you to the writing career that fulfills all your expectations and more.

In this motivational and inspiring book, you’ll learn:

  • Why simply improving your writing skills won’t take you where you want to go.
  • How discovering your strengths makes you a more effective writer and entrepreneur.
  • What you really want from writing and why that matters.
  • How to use the three-brain decision-making system to build a more successful author platform.
  • What truly motivates you and how to use that to propel yourself forward.
  • How to use the “find your author theme formula” to write a theme that fits your creative style.
  • How imposter syndrome can stall your progress, and how to overcome it.
  • Why risk-taking is critical to writing success, and how to make better decisions about the risks you take.

When you find the treasure that’s been inside you all along, don’t be surprised if it opens new doors you never thought possible.

Review - 

I had the privilege of reading author Colleen M. Story's previous book, Overwhelmed Writer Rescue (review - HERE) and was impressed.  So I couldn't wait to get my hand on her latest title - Writer Get Noticed! - offering guidance for writers/authors trying to navigate the ever shifting sands of the current publishing landscape and dealing with the frustration of achieving what they envisioned. Both books offer exercises throughout to help you work through the ideas presented in each chapter. But in Writer Get Noticed! the author takes you on a much deeper inward journey to discover your strengths, understand your decision making process, set goals, learn how to evaluate risk and more.  

I've been writing for over 12 years now - first magazine articles and then two published non-fiction books, with more in the planning stages.  Regularly I have found myself at a loss at times to understand what direction to take in marketing and how to most effectively use my time.  And I've found anytime I feel adrift, the writing process slows way down. 

This year I promised to change it up and try some more creative approaches to building my readership. I had already begun to make changes when Writer Get Noticed! landed in my hands. Perfect timing!  My biggest take away right from the start was the idea of building a strong author platform around my brand, one I feel truly represents who I am as an author and what I am trying to do. I like that each chapter ended with exercises -  important steps to help bring your personal voice to the surface so you can truly begin to understand your motivation and your strengths.

I have to admit, I didn't do the exercises the first time through. I decided to read the book cover to cover to get a feel for what the author was offering as a whole. Now it's time to go back to the beginning with my notebook and pencil in hand, to savour each chapter slowly and then thoughtfully work through the exercises.  I don't want to rush the process, just let it unfold one idea at a time. In fact, I think it's time to go through Overwhelmed Writer Rescue again as well. It could prove a powerful combination.

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Meet The Author - 

Colleen M. Story is on a mission to inspire people from all walks of life to overcome modern-day challenges and find creative fulfillment. Her latest release, "Writer Get Noticed!," is a strengths-based guide to help writers break the spell of invisibility and discover unique author platforms that will draw readers their way. Her prior nonfiction release, "Overwhelmed Writer Rescue," was named Solo Medalist in the New Apple Book Awards, Book by Book Publicity’s Best Writing/Publishing Book, and first place in the 2018 Reader Views Literary Awards.

With over 20 years as a professional in the creative industry, Colleen has authored thousands of articles for publications like “Healthline” and “Women's Health;” worked with high-profile clients like Gerber Baby Products and Kellogg's; and ghostwritten books on back pain, nutrition, and cancer recovery. Her literary novel, Loreena’s Gift, was a Foreword Reviews' INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner, an Idaho Author Awards first place winner, and New Apple Solo Medalist winner, among others.

Colleen frequently serves as a workshop leader and motivational speaker, where she helps attendees remove mental and emotional blocks and tap into their unique creative powers.

Find more at her motivational sites, Writing and Wellness and Writer CEO, on her author website, or follow her on Twitter.

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  1. This and her previous book were game changers for me. I am gifting copies to several students in my family as I believe her books help in any area, not just for writers.

    1. So agree. I am on an authors panel this month and will be taking copies with me for those interested to look at. The 2 really go together.


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