It’s time to “juice” up your website and have a little fun. The Publicity Hound Joan Stewart encourages authors to create a Fun Fact page on their website. I’ve heard her say this for years—in fact, truth be told—I did this exercise before; putting together 10 facts … and my computer ate it. I’m not sure what was on the list … I know that my #1 below was. I could easily put together another list … Maybe a “10 More …” will pop another day.
“How?” you ask. According to Joan,
- You can weave fun facts into your bio so add to your uniqueness.
- Add them on a separate page in your online media kit so they stand out.
- Some can be short enough to be pepper your tweet stream.
- Pair them with whimsical stock photos (or your own) and shared on social media.
- Create a Pinterest board dedicated to fun facts about you.
- Radio and TV talk show hosts can steal fun facts and turn them into questions for interviews.
- Use relevant fun facts when pitching journalists.
- Use your facts as ice-breakers at events and when someone who doesn’t know you reads your media kit and wants to contact you.
Start noodling … and pump out items. Think back to 4th grade—heck, I can still hear Mrs. Russell’s wise words—Avoid using the words always and never—they will come back to bite you. I was eight years old!
Yes, you will reveal something about yourself … after all, your enquiring Fans want to know about you!
What say you? … What are 10 things that others probably don’t know about you?
(and there’s a story behind every one of them …)
1. I won the “Big Deal” on Let’s Make a Deal hosted by Monty Hall dressed as Raggedy Ann (me–not Monty). My ex got it when I divorced him, claiming it was all his. Jeeze.
2. Not paying attention one afternoon in a Las Vegas hotel, I ran into the butt of an elephant … not once, but twice. After all, it had to be an illusion, right? Nope, the elephant was real.
3. I was the mother of three kids under the age of four before I could legally vote. No regrets.
4. I was so broke, that I was a proficient poacher when I lived in Montana. My family ate.
5. Over dinner one night, Gloria Steinem tried to talk me out of publishing one of my best-selling books, Woman to Woman: From Sabotage to Support, that landed me on every major daytime TV talk show, a cover story on People magazine, features in the Wall Street Journal, Time, News and the National Enquirer–in excess of 1,000 combined TV, radio and print positions. Obviously, I didn’t take her advice.
6. I wrote to Merv Griffin and asked him if he would give me permission to use his TV show Jeopardy’s music for my presentation, Creating the Confidence Factor. Got it.
8. I have made a living with my mouth and words for over 35 years. During that time, I’ve had to re-invent myself when my sons died; I died from a medical complication; a partner embezzled $1,000,000 and we lost everything, including home, cars, health; survived cancer; recovered from a brain injury via a speaking gig fall that took away my ability to read for 18 months. Yet, I have a good life.
9. When I was 30, I clinically died. When I was brought back, I was paralyzed for three months below my waist. My second reinvention was to follow.
10. My favorite foreign rights sale was to Saudi Arabia for The Confidence Factor … a book that was written by yours truly, a woman; and a book that was written for women. Not only was it sold once … the publishing company came back and paid to republish after the contract was over. Love it!
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Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and is the Founder of AuthorU.org, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the ’80s. Judith is the author of 35 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (Foreword IndieFab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences. Book #35 was published in 2016: How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos. Get your copy now.
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