Bethany Jett is an award-winning author whose life changed dramatically when she attended her first writers conference. That next week she signed a contract with the MacGregor Literary Agency (where she is a collaborative/ghostwriter and works with authors on proposals), and began learning everything she could about building a platform. Three months later, she signed a book deal for The Cinderella Rule: a Young Woman’s Guide to Happily Ever After (Revell), which became a Selah Awards finalist.
An entrepreneur at heart, Bethany founded the Serious Writer Academy and created a system of planners for writers and business owners. She loves to teach about opt-ins, lead magnets, and everything related to the business side of writing. Bethany holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Behavioral Social Science and Humanities with a Criminal Justice minor. In between writing and homeschooling, you’ll find her catching up on episodes of Elementary or NCIS.
Bethany’s experiences as a youth minister’s wife and cheerleading coach lends humor and practical behavior and life tips to her writing and speaking. She keynotes at churches and conferences nationwide, and her work is featured in multiple publications, including Chicken Soup for the Soul, ChristianityToday.com, SpiritLedWoman.com, and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. She is currently writing Through the Eyes of Hope: Love More, Worry Less, and See God in the Midst of Adversity (Charisma House) set to release January 2017.
Bethany is a military spouse, momma-of-boys who describes herself as “mid-maintenance” and loves cute shoes and all things girly. Connect with her at BethanyJett.com.
Social Media Synergy
We’ve been given a gift. No matter where we live in the world, we can connect with like-minded thinkers, make new friends, and establish relationships. What authors of years past would have given for this opportunity!
However, social media is often used selfishly. If the goal is JUST to sell books, you’ll lose every time. Instead, social media used with the reader or audience in mind is not only more effective, but allows you to strategically get in front of your ideal customers, clients, and readers while building a strong platform.
In this fast-paced continuing class, we’ll cover the best practices for each of the major social media platforms (including live-streaming), as well as how to create funnel systems to build your email lists and strengthen community with your audience and readers.
Topics include how to:
Bethany encourages everyone to have, at the minimum, a presence (no matter how big or small) across the social media platforms, with the exception of Snapchat, Blab, and Periscope, before attending this class. The platforms above are linked so you can get started today.
Zero to Book Deal
Dreams come true at writers’ conferences!
Attending the 2012 FCWC with a hope in her heart and amateur proposal in hand, Bethany Jett was ecstatic to receive interest from two publishers and two contracts from agents, even though one publisher thought her platform was too small. In the month following the conference, Bethany turned her tiny platform into a huge marketing opportunity—enough to secure the “publisher that got away.”
This class teaches how to turn a few resources into publishing opportunities with magazines, radios, guest posts, and speaking engagements. We will navigate the components of fiction and nonfiction proposals, building a speaking list, and leveraging every opportunity.
Topics include how to: