Writing has been my dream since childhood. A few years ago I decided to live the dream, instead of just thinking about it. I wrote my cozy novel, Dead in the Water. It was rejected by an agent and I put it on the shelf, one agent! Now I’m tweaking that novel and working on short stories, spreading my net a little and hoping for experience and exposure.
I’ve learned an author needs a platform. I joined the social networks and started this blog, but I didn’t really know what I was trying to do. I had no vision, until now. I revamped my website, bought my domain name, and joined an online writer’s group. But there is still a lot to learn about building my platform. My husband was glad platform building did not involve me using his table saw.
Recently I found a new book (no I am not being paid or asked to do this, I just really like this book) Build Your Author Platform by Carole Jelen and Michael McCallister. I’m on page page 62, but it has been very helpful. What I like most is how it shows you how to do certain things with WordPress (like plugins). Now, I don’t have to buy a separate book on WordPress. The chapter I’m on now is about Twitter. Since joining I’ve learned I’m long winded, my Tweets keep going red.
There was another book I bought at the same time, it was more of a cheerleader. Build Your Author Platform, is more like the nerd that sits in the front row and takes excellent notes. My thought is to post updates on my platform building. I know I’m not the only one on this journey. Leave a comment on your thoughts about platform building.