Do you consider your writing a business? If so do you have a social platform to go with it? Is it important to you to start one?
I feel it is. Why this topic for the week? I have quite a few writer friends who don’t have one, feel they should but haven’t started or feel it is not needed. For years I would harp to them about social media and why I felt it was important for us as writers. It fell on deaf ears. I even offered to show them for free what I had learned and that also fell on deaf ears.
When I first started my platform I had just finished the first draft of my first book. I had read an article in Writer’s Digest where the author stated the importance of a platform. She left her Twitter handle for us to follow. I did. That was the bread crumb that got me on my way.
Since then I have given a couple of workshops on creating an author’s platform and I am due to give another one in a couple of months. Thanks to my platform I met my two current publishers, editor and graphic artist. Through my platform I have had submission editors helped me with my query letter to submit to publishers. When you have a sea of people in these groups it can be scary to reach out or know where to reach out.
All of these came through due to my platform I started. By the way it was all free. My brand is what I work on and what better way then social media? Use what works for you, there are enough different outlets to choose from just toss what doesn’t.
It took you a long time to write your book, edit and revise it and get it in tip-top shape. Don’t you want to help it move alone or would you rather it just sit on your computer?
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I wish I had been aware that I needed a social platform before I started marketing my work.
Great post, re-blogged.
Thank you. I was reading an issue of Writer’s Digest and one of the articles was on this topic. The author left her Twitter handle and I immediately followed her. Her advice was to start working on your platform after the draft of your first book and I took her advice to heart. I been trying to help my writer friends here in my area and they either see the merit of it and stop there or they just listen with one ear. I use to offer to help them for free but still no luck. Now I started a side business of coaching writers in various topics. I feel it is an extensive of our books.