May 18 Meeting: Building The Author Platform

Just like there are no two books exactly the same there is no one path to publishing. However, every author may benefit from a strong platform. Agents and publishers 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.

Join independent author and publishing professional Kelsye Nelson in this fast-paced, energetic one-hour session, and  learn:
How to build your community online and off.
What steps you should take BEFORE you publish.
Easy tools for website and social media management.
The biggest mistake almost every author making when it comes to social media.

BPNW’s May 18 meeting will start at 6 pm in Room 221 at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N, Seattle. There will be time after the session for mixing with your fellow indie authors and publishers.

More About Our Speaker
Kelsye_black_backgroundKelsye Nelson is an author and publishing professional. She teaches the Business of Digital Publishing course at the University of Washington and is the founder of Avasta Press . She’s also the co-founder and former CEO of, an online marketplace that connects writers to publishing professionals. Nelson helps authors across genres publish their books, offering invaluable experience in launch strategy, publishing on various platforms, marketing, and author platform building.

A talented and engaging speaker, Nelson has presented talks and workshops on publishing, marketing, entrepreneurialism, and startups at conferences and events, including Book Expo America, the Whidbey Island Writers’ Conference, Northwest Bookfest, and Book Publishers Northwest. She has a BA in writing and art activism from Evergreen State College and completed graduate coursework in the publishing arts program at Antioch University. When she isn’t helping writers achieve their publishing dreams, Nelson is at work on a new novel, The Secret Life of Sensei Shi, and Book Lush, the what to drink with what to read guidebook. Connect @Kelsye or