Author consultant Kate Tilton joins us on the podcast this week to discuss figuring out your goals as an indie author and what practices to implement in order to reach them. Kate started out in the publishing industry as an author’s assistant, and she talks to us about what prompted her to start her own business, why authenticity is key when it comes to social media, and why avoiding burnout as an indie author is so much easier than recovering from it.
- Kate tells us about her career in the publishing industry, from getting her start by responding to an author’s tweet to running her own consultant business
- She describes how she assists authors in different stages of their careers, from the new author who needs help understanding the wealth of information about indie publishing to the established author who is struggling to figure out what’s next
- Kate discusses how much the indie publishing industry has changed throughout her career, including the new tools that have been developed and the new challenges that have been introduced
- She explains how to create an authentic presence on social media and why that’s so important when establishing a loyal following, and she explains why looking to established authors for guidance is a good idea so long as you don’t get stuck in the comparison game
- Kate tells us the most rewarding and the most challenging parts of her work as an author consultant, and she discusses what common misconceptions people have about the publishing industry
- She gives some excellent advice for authors trying to figure out their publishing goals, how to break down those goals into actionable steps, and how to achieve them without burning yourself out
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Kate’s previous appearance on the KWL Podcast
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Boys Over Flowers
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim
The King: Eternal Monarch
Kate Tilton works with authors of all publication paths, from New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, award winners, and six-figure authors, to pre-publication authors, to authors somewhere in the middle. By standing beside authors as a partner, Kate turns scary and overwhelming things like marketing and finding an audience into tools that can be used to make an author’s dream a reality.
Kate has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, RT Book Reviews, Kobo Writing Life, and The Book Designer sharing her insight into the current publishing and marketing world.
She is a cat-lover and fan of many geeky things. On most days you can find her curled up with tea and a good book, plotting world takeover, cuddling with her cats, or connecting authors and readers in any way she can.