Platforms are not for Sissies

I am baffled.

If writing five novels isn’t enough (plus around fifty short stories and articles and five children’s books), a writer is told they need to build a platform.

A what?

Shoes? A stage?

I’m struggling.

I am told I shouldn’t approach an agent or pitch a novel, unless I have that novel written. How do I find the time to write/edit and also build a platform?

When I google information on the subject, there are scads of websites offering ebooks (that’s cool), blogs, 5 ways to build everything.

Then there’s Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. (And more!)

Ugh.

I am reading Michael Hyatt‘s book Platform and I can see a plan. Maybe I am the type of person that just needs the list. I’ll do each task, then check it off.

I am taking it one step at a time. And when I say one step, I mean one! As I read through the book, I just perform the task to the best of my (current) ability.

I will build on one social media site at a time. Like this blog. It goes out to FB and Twitter, so that’s double-score!

And I will do one new task a week — each one building together to create that platform.

Yesterday? I added my email signature. I realized when we changed email accounts, I hadn’t done that.

Small thing, but … one done.

Check.

15 thoughts on “Platforms are not for Sissies

    • Here’s to leaping! Blindly free-falling! LOL I’m sure with your writing you are leaping into their hands. I like your fiction!

      Thanks for the comment. Sorry it took me so long to reply!

  1. Thank you for checking out my blog, and I just read yours. I had no idea how difficult it is to get something published. I like your linear approach to setting and meeting those goals, and I want to follow you and see how this develops. You gave us a plot for an interesting future read. Thanks!

    • Thanks for your comment! It is hard to get published. But I realize that the main ingredient is perseverance (aside from great writing!) Never give up.

      I’ve never dehydrated ground beef or refried beans! I just bought a dehydrator, but I think I’ll start with bananas! Take care!

  2. It’s the new world of self promotion. Once upon a time an artist or writer would sign to a company and the company would take care of all that side of things. But not today! You promote, you gain but so do they having offered a lot less backing than ever before. The positive? You retain some control over your audience.

    • I agree. It feels good to have some control. I like what you said, “You promote, you gain …” I’m all about learning!

      Thanks for the comment! Keep in touch and have a great day!

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