Hi, my name is Linda Parkinson-Hardman and I’m the owner (or is it lessee?) of this particular piece of online real estate and that’s me hanging around on the right hand side of the page. I’m an author, a social media strategist and a social entrepreneur. That’s an awful lot for a Wednesday afternoon, but fortunately they are all (sort of) related by the wonder that is the Internet.
This particular bit of online real estate is where I try to bring two of my different sides together; it’s where the writer in me meets the social media strategist and hopefully they come out playing nicely.
All but one of the ten books I’ve produced has been self published. I began going down that particular route way back in the late 1990’s because, as one publisher put it, there wasn’t a market for books about hysterectomy …. despite the fact that running a niche website with 200,000 visitors every month tells me otherwise, I declined to correct him and decided to do it myself.
Over the years many things have changed about publishing and marketing and these have made the job of an author and entrepreneur more challenging. No longer is it enough to sit in an ivory tower waiting for the audience to come to us, now we must actively go out and find them. This blog is my way of sharing what I’ve learnt over the years with others, it’s also the place where I like to help other authors out in my Thursday Throng interviews.
If you’re willing to have a read you’ll find hints and tips about marketing for authors, how to guides and information about social media and networking and you’ll get to see me make an idiot of myself with my attempts at flash fiction. You’ll also find the odd update about other, less tangible subjects and I hope you’ll enjoy them along with the rest.
So go on, why not join me for a while and let’s share a part of each other’s journey for a while. Moral support is great and it keeps you going when you feel the world is against you.
Now, I know that it’s a pain to have to remember popping along to see what’s new, so if you’d like me to alert you once a month to what’s new here, the latest news from my lovely Thursday Throng authors and snippets of exceedingly useful information I’ve come across on my online travels, why not sign up for my newsletter and get a copy of How To Be A Rockstar Blogger for your trouble.
These pages are a journey into empowerment and offer you the means to change your world and storm a castle or two. Often all it takes to do big things like this is a little information and the encouragement to have a go. I’m a big believer that we all hold the key to our own destiny in our own hands and as a social entrepreneur I know that a little help and guidance can make an enormous difference.