Felecia's Award-Winning Lessons Will Teach You How to Use the Self-Publishing Industry to Launch Your Social, Political & Economic Empire
Welcome to another Empowering Post, where we share actionable tips and strategies that will help you launch the writing ministry or business of your dreams.
If you are new to this virtual work, let me introduce myself. I am Felecia Killings, the Founder and CEO of The Foundation. I first began this journey of empowering writerpreneurs back in 2011, serving as a writing coach and content editor to new authors.
Today, I am an award-winning coach who empowers thousands of followers; and my message has reached millions as a result of applying best business practices to my virtual ministry and online business.
Since that time, I have accomplished quite a bit:
Overall, we've accomplished a lot, especially over the last 18 months. And we continue growing because of one unique feature that has empowered the work: building an author's platform.
During today's Empowering Post, I want to inspire you to consider creating a thriving online presence that helps you reach your financial goals.
I want you to expect great things to happen for you and your work.
If you give the proper time, energy, and resources to your ministry, you will manifest all you desire.
Channeling that desire into its practical application will make the difference. And by building a solid, addictive Author's Platform, you will witness great rewards.
Now, if you haven't considered the benefits of an Author's Platform, then it's time to start taking it more seriously today.
This lesson will teach you why this is the best time to begin building your Author Platform. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow will soon be here. But today is what will determine where you (and your writing ministry or business) will be in the near future.
So, grab your notepad and pen, and let's spend some time together.
2020: A Year of Acceleration & the Beginning of a New Decade
There is a passage of Scripture that teaches us to "number our days" (Psalm 90:12). In the context of this message, the writer is making an observation of how futile man is when compared to the wisdom of God.
He writes about how we are like a "wispy dream," here one minute and gone the next. But God is outside of time, for to Him, a thousand years is as a day. It's all the same.
And as the writer transitions into his next statement, he asks the Lord, "Teach us to live well. Teach us to live wisely and well!" (MSG) In other words, he is asking the Lord to instruct him on how to live just as God lives.
To the Lord, there are no wasted moments. Everything counts. Everything we do, every moment we live matters to Him.
But as mere men, we often devalue the time we have been given. We waste it away, thinking nothing of what has been provided to us.
Therefore, the writer urges us to "number our days" so we live well while using wisdom in all we do.
This is especially true for those of us who have been called to be writers. If we want to truly walk in this calling and to experience the favor of the Lord, then we must assign purpose to our days so we experience success in our ministries and businesses.
Luck Won't Get You There
If you've been with my writing ministry for a while, then you pretty much know my story.
I had a desire to build a business that would sustain me and my daughter. It's not easy being a single mother, although we have many resources that help us survive.
And it's certainly not easy to cultivate a business when you have no idea what you're doing.
When I first began this work in 2011, I thought it would magically thrive. Why? Because God placed it in my heart to do it.
What I didn't realize then was if I wanted to prosper, I would have to put in serious work.
I would have to develop the drive and passion to see this thing flourish.
More importantly, I would have to cease in waiting for success to hit my work, and instead start positioning my ministry for success because I learned to apply what I had been learning.
You see, building your writing ministry or business will not happen by chance or luck. You will not experience success simply because you received a word from the Lord.
There are millions of people today who have received a creative idea from Heaven; yet they do nothing with it.
They don't cultivate the vision. They don't nourish it. They don't educate themselves on best practices. And they do not apply the lessons to their ventures.
Thus, they fail.
They simply sit around, waiting for God to do everything; but He has already provided all we need (and more) for our success.
The point I want to drive home here is YOU have to do your part, too.
Increase will come after you plant the seed and water it. It's the natural law of success. But the key rests within you.
Your Author's Platform Won't Build Itself
One of the things I appreciate about the Lord is His desire to help each one of His children thrive in their calling.
And I believe the Lord drew you to this work simply because He wants you to receive the help and support you need to make practical plans of actions for your writing ministry or business.
One of the most important lessons that you will learn about building your writing career is that you must create an Author's Platform.
Now, you might hear people say that "it doesn't take all that to become successful." And my advice to you is, "Ignore them!"
It does take all that and more!
Success requires a level of commitment and determination that only a few people are willing to give.
Success is not a guarantee to you simply because you are a good person or a religious one.
It's when you have mastered the laws of success (as created by God) then you prosper.
And within the self-publishing industry, an Author's Platform is key to your growth.
By my definition, an Author's Platform is simply your online hub where you deliver immense value to a specific group of readers. You create engaging content that draws new audiences to your virtual home.
An Author's Platform must socialize with the people who will benefit mostly from your books. And for any new writer who desires to succeed in this venture, you must cultivate an Author's Platform that works!
The Basic Elements of an Author's Platform
Prior to our social media world, authors relied on publishing companies or public relations specialists to promote their books and products. To succeed, an author would need massive publicity, which proved expensive to companies. For this reason, many authors had their works rejected because the manuscripts were not a viable investment for the organization.
But today, much has changed. And writers who wish to publish multiple books can do so by leveraging the self-publishing industry.
Now, while we have this option, authors are compelled to promote their own works if they wish to generate sales.
As a self-publishing writer, you carry the burden of a publisher, a marketer, a creator, a visionary, and a distributor. You wear multiple hats. As such, your success or failure is contingent upon you, not some other company.
Therefore, to thrive in this space, you must cultivate an Author's Platform that contains certain elements proven to be most effective. Here are just a few:
How you build your Author Platform requires more details, which I teach in my newest resource, Building an Author's Platform That Works! But the most effective strategy for nurturing your platform is by employing content marketing to your venture.
Again, when you're a self-published author, you are the CEO of your Author's Brand. As such, you must put in the necessary work so you thrive.
Working on Your Writing Ministry, Business, and Author Platform Will Not be Easy
Building your work will require these elements. Anyone who has achieved success in any endeavor understands that it requires doing more than the average person.
For example, there are times when I don't feel like working on my platform.
I don't always feel like constructing a new blog post or creating another video.
It would be nice if all the content that I have already produced was sufficient to keep my ministry growing.
But that's not how this thing works.
Our writing ministries and online businesses are living organism. They are extensions of God's Kingdom in the earth. They possess life and wholeness. And when we neglect to nurture them, we will eventually see them perish.
Working on your Author Platform will not always be easy or fun. You will find that sometimes you just don't feel like doing anything.
But you must push through those feelings and produce what needs to be completed.
Write that chapter.
Create that post.
Work on that video.
Build your Author Platform over time, so that when you look back on it a year from today, you will see that it was all worth it.
2020 is the Start of Your New Decade
Don't waste another moment wondering when your time will come.
Your time is right now. You simply must be in position to receive the increase.
When I was looking for God to bring my writing ministry to the forefront, I had to ask myself, "What am I doing to make myself ready to receive that?" And you must ask yourself the same question.
If you want your books, your products, your services, and your other offerings to truly minister to people, then you must begin today in building that public forum, i.e. your Author Platform.
People won't know what you have to offer until you begin sharing your online presence.
Your ideal readers won't discover you until you put yourself out there to be discovered.
So, make this decade the best one yet!
Don't say to yourself, "Well, if God be willing."
NO! He is willing!
And He made His will known to you when He gave you the idea to launch your writing ministry and business.
And that's what I want to leave you with today.
Whether you decide to work on your ministry on your own, or if you decide to receive the help and support that you need to get you to your next level...
DO. WHAT. IS. NECESSARY.
Don't make excuses in this new decade.
Make promises to yourself and stick with them.
I guarantee you: the rewards are waiting.
Be blessed, Beloved!
And as always, let's grow together.
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"[My projects] would not be possible without the expertise of Felecia Killings, my writing coach, content editor, proofreader, and friend. Her professional skills have catapulted my writing ability in more ways than I can express. In 2016, she helped me complete The Space Between Memories and walked with me through The Mind of a Missionary as well. She helped consolidate my initial thoughts into this broad narrative of the missions endeavor...For that, I am very grateful."
- David Joannes
"Felecia has always been an award-winning coach. She taught me to stand up in my truth and to be okay with it. She didn't judge me. I will never forget the love and nurture that she extended to me over the years. All that she taught me is what I do in my business/ministry, sharing the same love to others to seek all that God has intended for them, according to His purpose."
- Tschanna Taylor, Best-Selling Author, Speaker & Life Coach
"I was blessed to be able to work with Felecia Killings. She was able to take my manuscript and transform it to a whole new level. She caused me to dig within myself as a writer and communicator of the message I was to convey. She is extremely professional, courteous, and timely. Her response to questions and issues were answered quickly. Any spiritual leader who desires to get their message in book format would give themselves a tremendous advantage by working with Felecia Killings."
- Daniel Pringle
"Felecia does an absolutely amazing job of maintaining your vision and making it come to life. If you need help getting your vision on paper, editing of your book, or even need coaching on writing your book, she is AWESOME!"
- Bessie Scoggins
"Felecia is very talented and has several qualities that a new writer can benefit from. She has excellent communication skills and a very sensitive and supportive approach to her training. What I love most about her teaching style is her ability to listen to what you want; then she immediately develops alternative approaches to improve your manuscript. I must say, the six-month journey of creating my manuscript went smoothly because of her support and assistance. I recommend Felecia without reservation."
- Mulu Afework
"I've worked with Felecia on two projects; she helped me with writing and editing my book. As an author, finding the right editor is very important. I had my book edited by someone who didn't do my book justice. But once Felecia performed the edits, the story flowed better than I'd image. I had found the right editor. Her skills are remarkable and I highly recommend her for any project you may have, big or small. As a writing coach, I wanted to take my business to the next level. Seeking out Coach Felecia was the best decision I made. She encouraged me to develop an online school, which I'm in the process of doing. She helped me create the curriculum, identify my audience, and provided me with the tools to succeed. If you need a coach to push you to the next level, Felecia is the person. She knows her stuff."
- Paulette Harper
"I want to thank my writing coach, editor, and publisher, Felecia Killings, for her coaching style and writing skills. Felecia stayed with me throughout the entire project. She heard and understood my heart in every word written. Her encouragement was priceless but not free. Every dollar spent was well worth it! Thank you for the skills that I learned in writing this project and the projects to come."
- Betty Short-Sams