Build Author Platform, Get KickStarter Tips 10 Things You Must Do — BEFORE You Publish!

Tue, May 6, 2014 at 7pm

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Author Platform Writer Workshop by Kelsye Nelson, CEO of
Just as a field of tulips is the fruition of plans, labor and materials, so is successful book publishing. Kelsye Nelson's workshop covers ten things to do before you publish — ten things to propel you to success through your entire writing career.

Agents and publishers now take a good look at a writer's online presence, website, social media, network and community when deciding to take a chance on a new author. And if you publish independently, you absolutely need a strong author platform.

Luckily, with the free tools and resources Kelsye covers, it isn't hard to give your books their best chance for success by building a respectable author platform with minimal investment of money and time.

Starting from scratch? No problem! Let Kelsye illuminate your path.

Already have an author platform established? You're ahead of the game! Come pick up some new tips on how to optimize your online presence and get the most help from your real-life community. Kelsye's a wiz at this.

BONUS: Kelsye also shares insights on how she raised $9,800 on KickStarter last month to fund her non-fiction book project — and attracted an agent at the same time!

About Kelsye
Kelsye Nelson is CEO and co-founder of, an online marketplace that connects writers to publishing professionals. She authored “The Breakup Girl” series and “Book Lush,” currently represented by Gordon Wornack at Foreward Literary. She led marketing efforts at Hedgebrook, TransACT and Headsprout, and was v.p. of growth & outreach at Brown Paper Tickets.

Kelsye’s a board member of the University of Washington Digital Publishing Program and Seattle Free Lances. She served as board member of the American Marketing Association and as editor-in-chief of ToteMs, a MENSA newspaper. She earned a BA in Writing and Art Activism from Evergreen State College and did graduate work in Publishing Arts at Antioch.

60,000 people follow Kelsye on Twitter (@Kelsye). Connect with her at


Wine & Cheese, Coffee & Tea provided. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for snacks & social. Workshop starts at 7 p.m.

Free Parking's Included in Your Ticket!

This event's hosted by Seattle Free Lances < >. Founded in 1921 as a society of professional writers, Seattle Free Lances welcomes all publishing professionals and writers actively working toward publication.

We support the success of our published members and writers who intend to publish. We meet once a month, on the first Tuesday evening, to share stories, seek encouragement, and enjoy the company of our fellow writers.

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