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
(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.
… 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
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
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
I am a writer. No matter what I put on this blog from now on, whether it’s drivel or the most brilliant words of the 21st century, I will be a writer. It’s what I love to do.
The problem I am presently facing (after a number of years writing fairly productively) is becoming an author, here defining an author as a writer whose work is published. I’ve written a few novels and a number of short stories, and I think I’ve gotten the process down well enough that I know what I’m doing. I’ve shown it to people (mostly my own family, but still) and they think it’s pretty good. I don’t know how good it is, but it’s good enough that I am going to try and get it published.
There lies the trouble, because I am not a salesperson.
As I have come to learn over the past several years, becoming an author is a two-part process. First you write the book (and then you rewrite it, and rewrite it again, and send it to other people who tell you how to actually fix the problems with it, and so on). Then you have to market it.
From what I’ve seen, the number one thing necessary on the endless query letters sent to beleaguered agents and editors is to have a platform. In a world of thousands of writers who are at least pretty decent with prose, it is important to have a platform to metaphorically stand on to show that other people think your writing is already pretty good.
This blog is building my platform. I almost wrote “attempting to build my platform” but that’s not true anymore. I am building a platform, and even if this crashes and burns, I will still have learned some valuable lessons in what not to do. Hopefully I can avoid anything really embarrassing on the way.
The idea here, as evidenced by the name of the blog, is to build a writing platform that I can use to get my writing published. I have no idea what I’m doing, but I don’t think very many people do. As such, I’ll use this blog to record my progress on that front, to write down what works (for me, at least) and what doesn’t, to compile a list of resources and plans and encouragement that will hopefully help others on the same path.
I’ll write about the process of constructing this website (because I am no web designer and it will be an ongoing process), finding writing jobs to pad my resume, finding contests I like, editing my books, writing itself. The focus of this blog is the path to the platform.
Let’s see what will happen!
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