Helping You Boost Your Author Brand and Sell More Books
What our customers are Saying
Automation is great for busy authors, and this service manages that in a smooth and efficient manner. I would certainly recommend it.
MARK DAWSON // Thriller Author
It gives you a "set and forget it" marketing machine
Ian knows how to market to Twitter. If authors believe their readership has a presence on Twitter, they should definitely give this service a try.
LACY WILLIAMS // Romance Author
IAN SUTHERLAND // Chief Sidekick
I am the founder of Author Platform Sidekick and the author of Advanced Twitter Strategies for Authors, highly regarded as the best practice guide for authors to exploit Twitter in order to successfully market and sell more books.
I'm also the bestselling author of the Brody Taylor Thriller Series, which I promote using my author platform. I have over 120,000 followers on my Twitter fiction author account, @iansuth and over 50,000 followers on my non-fiction account, @ianhsuth.
This picture shows me live-tweeting from London's Foyles bookstore on behalf of the Alliance of Independent Authors at one of their Fringe events.
It's Easy to Set Up Sidekick
Connect to Your Twitter Account. We take care of connecting Sidekick to your account. It remains connected while your subscription is active.
You populate your customer dashboard. Your Author Platform Sidekick customer dashboard allows you to upload all the tweet content for Team Ups, Evergreen Queues, Marketing and Promotion Queues (depending on your subscription plan). This can include text, hashtags, URLs and images. You also define publishing frequencies for each queue.
You define the sources for your Newsdesk Queue. You tell Sidekick about websites that publish content relevant to your brand authority (up to 30). Either provide your own custom choices or select from over 70 author related websites categorised by genre and subject. Each Requires subscription to Engager or Promoter plan.
Sidekick takes it from here. Sidekick automatically posts your Team Up updates via other authors' Twitter accounts in the same genre as you. In return, Sidekick automatically posts other authors' Team Up tweets via your Twitter account. Sidekick also monitors your Newsdesk sources for new content and tweets out once when found. For your other queues, Sidekick automatically cycles through them, posting at the rate you define, putting each tweet to the back of the queue. Once set up. no further action is required by you, yet your Twitter account regularly posts relevant non-promotional content and other authors regularly tweet about you and your books.
Is this service right for you?
Author Platform Sidekick is proud to be an Alliance of Independent Authors Approved Partner Member. All services listed are checked against ALLi’s code of standards and approved via the ALLi Watchdog team.
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you are not happy with any aspect of the Author Platform Sidekick service within the first 30 days, just let us know and we'll send you a prompt refund.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens after I sign up?
After subscribing, you will receive a link to a secure area of the Author Platform Sidekick website, where you will receive instructions on how to provide the information necessary to set up the service. The first step is to fill in an online form to arrange access to your Twitter account so that we can set up and link the required third-party tools used behind the scenes by the service. This is a one-off exercise. Once complete, you are welcome to set a new permanent password on your account, not known to Author Platform Sidekick.
Can I update the information I provide Author Platform Sidekick?
Yes, at any time. Everything you provide will be available for you to view, update or delete at any time.
Do I have to take part in Team Ups if I subscribe to Engager or Promoter?
No, it is completely optional to take part in team ups.
Can you guarantee that I won't post offensive material?
If you take advantage of the Newsdesk capabilities of the service, then it's impossible to guarantee not to do this as we cannot control the posts that other websites publish. However, it should be a rare occurrence.
Do I have to do anything at all on Twitter?
Yes, it's still your Twitter account! You will receive lots more mentions as a result of your expanded reach and activity. It is imperative that you engage in conversation with people yourself by replying to tweets and mentions. That's the fun of Twitter after all!
How can I get a refund?
If you are unhappy with the service for ANY REASON in the first 30 days, contact Sidekick and we will cancel your subscription immediately and provide a full refund. After this, you can cancel at any time, either electing for the service to run on until the end of the period or for the activities to stop immediately.