Platform Building

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.

Build Your Author Platform: Front Cover

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.



2 thoughts on “Platform Building

  1. I’m not great at platform building, I know it has to be done, but I’m not a sell myself kinda person 😀 But I love the blogging and writing community, so enjoy interacting with them whenever I can!


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