When to Start a Platform

When am I supposed to start my writing platform? After I’m established? Right before my first book comes out? Before I even finish a first draft? While starting a platform without even having a start to a book seems a little premature (especially for fiction), the rest of it tends to vary just as much as the rest of the “rules” of writing. Continue reading “When to Start a Platform”

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Using NaNoWriMo to build a platform, Part 2

(Full disclosure: I wrote this post before July even began because I knew things were going to get dicey once I started work on my novel. Since I wrote it while I had NaNo on the brain and was still feeling relatively positive about the process, it seemed like a good theme. Since this is Camp NaNoWriMo, I’ll be focusing on that.)

(Read Part 1 here)

One of Camp NaNoWriMo’s main advantages over normal November nonsense is the idea of the cabin. It puts together up to a dozen people and gives them a chat feed, which is a fantastic way to meet other writers. Since a big part of an author platform is interacting with other writers (for endorsements, beta-reads, referrals, knowing someone else who understands the pain, etc.), having a handy way of meeting some from all over the world is pretty great.

It doesn’t always work, because in some cabins people just don’t use the chat feed. Hard to get to know someone who doesn’t talk, ya know? But for those cabins with even one other person desperate to meet another writer, you can make a lifelong friend (or at least someone who can encourage you through the month). It’s worth taking the chance, because the NaNo community is full of dedicated novelists, a fair number of whom are published authors.

(Seriously, though. Look up people who got their NaNo novels published. It’s a pretty impressive list.)

In short, be nice to your cabin mates. They could be really good friends/allies in the future.

The Base of a Writing Platform

… is always going to be a well-written novel. I’ve read a bunch of articles about creating a writing platform, taken a few courses, looked into that stuff, so I’ve learned a bit about what goes into a writing platform. It’s never explicitly stated, but there is an underlying assumption that if you’re trying to get your book published, it’s a good book with a good plot and good writing. Defining “good” takes a little effort, though. Continue reading “The Base of a Writing Platform”

NoClue: Paid versus Not

I know, I said I’d work on figuring out Pinterest as a writing platform. And I am. I converted it to a business account (still figuring out the details on that one), and I’m making an effort to pin more regularly. But when I tried to incorporate some of the things that business accounts have as features, I ran into a little snag. Continue reading “NoClue: Paid versus Not”

No Clue: Pinterest, part 1

I’ve used Pinterest for a while now, because it’s fun looking at pretty pictures of what life could be like if I had more money. Slightly depressing, granted, but still fun, and it helps me organize my life and keep track of my goals for the future. That’s for me. It turns out that Pinterest also works as a tool for writing, and particularly for building a writing platform. Continue reading “No Clue: Pinterest, part 1”