I have preached here before on the importance of having an author’s platform which includes online and in real life. But how many do? How many feel it is a good idea but never get around to it? From my experience from the people in my writing circle in this area very few do regardless of the reasons.
But to the few that do how often do you go back and check your sites?I try to do a health check on my various sites every three months. Do I do it? No, not always. But it is a vital tool in your kit to not only have a platform but a healthy one.
You might not have updated your books. You might have a different bio that you are using now. You might not like the style or theme you are using and want a change. You just might want something different since it is a new year.
But that is not the only reason. If you don’t keep your platform healthy and active that can affect your presence. How many times have you gone to a site and see that it is outdated? Or worse that it has no new information to share with you? Perhaps you been to a site and see that links or videos are no longer working. Maybe there was a glitch in the system and your site now is not how you had it.
Yes, life has a way of getting in the way that can slow us down. My family just suffered a huge emotional lost and I have not been around. But as I made my rounds I fixed things here and there, spruce up other things and showed I was active.
It is time-consuming to go over all of our author’s platform but it is well worth it for you, your books and your brand.
I believe my computer and printer are both female. Yes, I know. But give me a few minutes to explain why.
Whenever my computer acts up, in any and all way, I end up being frustrated or ticked off. Afterwards I will go over the things I have learned on how to fix a computer. I have an amazing computer talented person in this house to help me. But I always give it a try just in case it is something small that I can figure out to not feel stupid when he fixes it and it is something small.
When that fails I ask for help. And it never fails to amaze me how he will sit down at my desktop and just figure it out and sometimes quickly. Grateful? Yes. Annoyed? Yes.
For example I have problems with my printer. It doesn’t always print when I ask it to. Sometimes it takes minutes and sometimes it never even prints unless I turn it off and on a number of times. My talented one will sit in my chair print a random page and viola it prints to which I get the look.
My computer one day kept shutting off or freezing up. I rebooted, That didn’t solve it. I updated the software and all that. Nothing. I searched online, which is such a terrible idea for this subject matter, and still nothing.
He either haa the magic touch, and with computers he does, or my computer and printer are frankly and obviously females. It won’t work for me but always works for him.
You have seen the movies where it says the following is based on a true story. I use to be impressed with that expecting that the movie would be upfront and accurate from the story they took it from . That came tumbling down with the first of the Jason Bourne movies. Walking out of the movie theater I asked my husband, who had read the book, how accurate was it. He said, “ My name is Jason Bourne.” He then proceeded to walk to our vehicle. Catching up I inquired more of how it was accurate. He said that is it. I think I remember that line correctly.
How true do you want your book to be? How much do you want it to be accurate to a story or headline you are writing it from? As writers or movie makers we can take a wide leap and a huge circle of license to complete the story line.
Now when I hear this statement I take it with a grain of salt. When a movie is based on a book if it is decent enough I will go back to the book and read to see how much they used versus how much they changed the outcome.
It does come down to the artist and how they want to proceed with the project. But it be nice if they write that it is based on a true story that a portion of it is accurate and not just the statement alone.