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Author Platform ~ If you’re new to writing plan ahead!

Don’t do as I did!

My author platform is now:

www.dianajacksonauthor.co.uk

www.dianajacksonauthor.com

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDianaJackson/

DianaJackson@Riduna on Twitter

My main blog www.dianamj.wordpress.com

Dear Reader

I began writing in 2000 and had my first book Riduna published in 2009 by Pegasus Elliot McKenzie. I knew nothing about author platforms and just chose a Twitter handle and web address fairly randomly.

Twitter

I chose my Twitter handle @Riduna’ before it had occurred to me I’d write several books. It was the title of my first book and the Roman name for the island of Alderney, on which my novel was located. In the early days of marketing it certainly helped to link myself to Alderney and one of my first followers and readers did a search for ‘Riduna’ on Twitter and came up with me. He was an ESOL teacher in Argentina at the time, but his Great Grandparents were alive on Alderney at the same time of mine. One of those lovely coincidences!

Riduna

In 2012, a small Indie Author Collaborative, for which I was a founding member, relaunched Riduna and its sequel Ancasta. (losing all my hard earned reviews for Riduna on Amazon unfortunately, but that’s another story)

It was when I came to release ‘Murder Now and Then’ in 2014 that @Riduna was less helpful, although characters in that novel did in fact visit Alderney briefly.

Website

The website for Diana Jackson was not available and I so I chose http://www.dianamaryjackson.co.uk as my web address. I was asked where the ‘Mary’ came from when interviewed by Chiltern Radio. I must have looked surprised, although of course I couldn’t be seen, ‘it’s my middle name,’ I replied. Since then I’ve realised that it is a little odd. At first I thought to change my pen name to Diana Mary Jackson. It has a certain ring to it don’t you think? If you ever wish to do that, please don’t go there! It’s far too complicated, especially since I had already published at least one book in each of my three series.

Blogs

I am reluctant to update my main blog www.dianamj.wordpress.com because it goes through periods of success and increased outreach, dependent on my input and a bit of luck. I also find that some posts and themes have a certain amount of longevity, discovered by folks sometimes years later. I now have links to this blog on both websites making it easy to share news and for me to update most of it myself. This works seamlessly

I have two blogs, but this year I have paused on www.selectionofreflections.wordpress.com to give myself less pressure through a difficult year.

…and so I’ve kept ‘Mary’ hidden in my blog address by the initial ‘M’ and that sounds like the title of a book!

Banner

I have yet to get this banner updated with my latest release ~ see below, but it is on my dot com website and my Facebook page too. I’m not sure about my twitter header. What do you think?

In Short:

Think carefully before you choose twitter handles and web addresses and not only that its worth paying for web addresses ahead of time to reserve them. You never know who might come along and snap them up. Be consistent!

“Diana Jackson’s latest release is a #YA book of encouragement, inspiration and motivation called ‘Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself‘, just released on Kindle .”

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Two Lovely Gift Mugs to Giveaway!

A mug like this will be sent as a gift for someone special.

To win a mug you need to give the best answers of the day on either Twitter, Facebook or email me on Friday 25th June (or up until 1st July!).

Don’t worry if you are unable to join me on Friday on Facebook.

You can still win a copy of the book or even a mug,by emailing your answers to the questions on this post:

email me on diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk.

Let’s think about young folks who have all their lives ahead of them after this pandemic. They deserve our encouragement and support.

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Facebook Book Release Day ~ 25th June 2021

COUNTDOWN ~ 50 BOOKS TO GIVEAWAY!

Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself’ by Diana Jackson

8.30 am LET’S SHARE THE BEST ADVICE WE CAN GIVE HERE

In one sentence ~What is the best advice you can give a young person at the moment, someone who needs a bit of encouragement? A free copy will be sent to be best answer.

10.30 am WHO DESERVES A FREE BOOK OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Tell me one good reason, without naming the person you are thinking about, why a young person or school leaver you know should be given a gift of ‘Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself’

Two free copies will wing their way the answers which I find most moving.

12.30 pm WHO NEEDS A WARMING CUPPA IN A SPECIAL MUG

Since it is lunch time, I will have two ‘Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself’ mugs to give away if you answer the question:

“What is the wackiest thing you’ve done to cheer yourself up in your life recently? (Suggestion suitable for public viewing and for a YA!) Ideas for a Young Adult, school or college leaver.

Mine was to climb a mountain!

4.00 pm POSITIVE AFFIRMATION AS AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO OTHERS

And finally…

Without naming the young person or school leaver you have in mind, tell me some great things young people in your lives have been doing through this pandemic.

Two free book ‘Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself’ which maybe the person you have in mind would like to give to a friend of theirs!

COUNTDOWN 5 BOOK GIVEN AWAY ~ 45 TO GO!

IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO DESERVES ONE OF THEM THE DO SEND ME AN EMAIL

diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk

but don’t forget to tell me why you think they deserve it. (without naming them!)

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