Build Your Platform Before You Publish

A Platform and Community Building Intensive for Writers

“I had the pleasure of attending a workshop of Anne Hill’s on creating a “publishing platform” and found it a welcoming and well-informed introduction to self-publishing as a process in today’s modern market. As a small-business consultant who also works with individuals, I found Ms Hill’s technical suggestions around personal branding spot-on, realistic, free of hype and accessible, even for beginners.”  —R.B., Portland, OR

You have something great to say—maybe you’ve started a blog, or have even completed a manuscript! But great writing alone does not guarantee that anyone will read your work. Treehouse...or author platform?You need to be seen, to find and connect with your readers, and you need a strategy to help get you there.

Welcome to the growing world of author platforms!

Having an author platform is essential to connect with readers and create a community of enthusiastic fans around your work. But building it can be confusing, with all the conflicting advice about what is essential and what’s not.

“I especially enjoyed the interaction with my “classmates” and you, Anne!”  —C.P., Benicia

Platforms are a Process, Not a Product

“I loved the free exchange of ideas and non-judgmental atmosphere.”  —I.R., Chicago

Starting with your core purpose for sharing your work, this intensive will help you clarify your audience and community goals, establish sustainable workflows, and identify the social media outlets that best suit your needs. Among the topics we will cover are:

  • Where to find your readers, and how to give them what they are looking for
  • Best uses for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Goodreads and more
  • Book launch strategies, ebook pricing, and managing your book listings on Amazon
  • Bringing readers back to your website with platform-building best practices

All workshop attendees will receive a free copy of my ebook on platform-building. You will also receive a worksheet for capturing your strategic insights and next steps for building a great author platform.

“I learned how many online resources I already have, and how to use them more efficiently—and also about some new resources that I had no clue about before.”  —D.P., Chicago

About Anne Hill

“You have a warm, tolerant, and generous personality—which is nice when talking tech!”  —D.M., Chicago

A true professional who ties tons of good, needed information together—invaluable! —G.B., San Francisco


I have been a professional writer for 30 years, and have assisted other authors in marketing and platform-building since the mid-90s. I know that what works for one author doesn’t necessarily work for the next, and that it’s important to start at the center: with your content, your inspiration to write, and your unique publishing and career goals.

I have authored, co-authored, and contributed to several books, self-published three of my own, and have been blogging since 2005. I currently host the Author Platforms Decoded video interview series, am co-leader of the Bay Area Blogger Society, write for the Huffington Post, Creative Content Coaching, and am a columnist for SageWoman Magazine.

You can find me on YouTubeFacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest and LinkedIn.

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