Friday, June 03, 2016

Platform, Platform, Platform

“I'm a hustler, baby; I sell water to a well!” ― Jay-Z

In real estate, it's "location, location, location." These days, in writing, it's "platform, platform, platform." Before the sales pitch must come a well-written book of course. But if an agent has to decide between two well-written books, she'll choose the one written by an author with a platform. At least that's what I'm learning in my research to find an agent for my memoir, Twenty-Six Point Freaking Two.

I'm fortunate to have had the chance to create Write Now Newsletter from a mailing list gifted to me by Shannon Jackson Arnold thirteen years ago. With it and my blog, Bum Glue, I've built a small, but growing group of readers and subscribers, aka, a platform.

These days, however, Facebook and Twitter are the go to outlets for information. We writers need to have a presence on at least a few of those social media outlets. I've been on Twitter for several years. You can follow me there.

Recently, I created a Facebook author page. I'd love for you to follow that page as well. My author page will include updates about my writing process, more general writing information, and central Ohio writing events that were sent too late for the once-a-month newsletter. I hope you'll join the conversation and invite your friends too.

Are you doing anything to create a platform? I'd love to hear about it.

1 comment:

Laura Staley said...

Hi Nita,

A little over a year ago I created my Cherish Your World facebook page, my LinkedIn profile, and two weeks ago I got on Twitter. What a wild ride in the world of building a platform for my business, my blogs, tips of the week, and my soon to be released book-Let Go Courageously and Live with Love: Transform Your Life with Feng Shui. I am self-publishing with Mill City Press and they've been great. Crossing my fingers that ebook gets released soon and then paperback in mid-July, but I am learning it is a process and while it will launch the date remains TBA. I have to keep taking deep breaths. A lifelong dream about to come true! Know that you are in My Grateful Heart section and you and your class and life spirit live in my heart as I mustered the courage to go for it. I have two more books after this first one too! Woooohoooo!!
With gratitude and warmest regards,
Laura Staley