In her eBook How Editors Think, Marcela Landres has great advise for any author: the need to have a platform: who knows you and who do you know?
Barack Obama and Dick Cheney have extensive platforms – my platform is a little less intense, a bit more, how should we say — accute? But every author needs a platform, a network of interested fans, a few humble listeners…read: people who want to read your book!
So how does a guy like me build an effective platform?
Tip #1 is to Stop Writing and start building your platform. Get away from your desk, head to a conference, start blogging (hi, nice to see you!), attend a writer’s conference, join a writer’s group, publish a short story, run for president, become an angry, balding, nearly-obsolete white man. It’s about building your network, expanding your reader base, and having your voice heard.
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