Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this bi-monthly column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the digital world.
Author Presence… what is it? When do you start building it? How do you protect it, maintain it… eek!
Author presence—well, this is mine. It’s your image so to speak, how you present yourself to your audience/soon-to-be audience.
Author presence… what is it?
It’s almost like your author voice, I guess, but it’s not being used to convey your story, but rather who you are.
My author presence? It’s kind of formed from my own personality.
I’m blunt. I try to be diplomatic, but I’m known for speaking my mind. Basically, that’s just me. In real life, I’m a little more blunt and if it’s not work related, I drop the diplomacy. Hey, it’s real life—I’m not always worried if I anger people. I don’t intentionally try to hurt feelings, but I don’t really see the point in sugarcoating things either.