Misadventures in Platform Building

As a young adult, this is how I communicate with my friends.
As a young adult, this is how I communicate with my friends.

Building a platform is something a 21st century writer needs like a 20th century writer needed paper. But the idea of self-promotion doesn’t always thrill the new writer. Personality wise, salesmen and writers couldn’t be more different, and you don’t need a Myers-Briggs test to tell you that.

But it seems that if you want people to read your work, you’ll have to actually step out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there. And it’s not just as easy as creating a Facebook account either. These days, writers need websites, blogs, Twitter, and Linkedin. And that’s just to start. So inspired by Writer’s Digest Top 101 Best Websites of Writers (linked below), I’ve decided to embark on my own journey of platform building. It’s my hope that by this time next year, someone will actually be reading this blog post- which means my work will have not been in vain.

So here’s what I have so far:

  1. A Facebook page (A personal page, and also a fan page for myself and a fan page for my as yet unpublished novel).
  2. A Linkedin account (It’s mostly personal- however, I will research the possibility of creating one exclusively for my work as a writer)
  3. Two blogs. http://www.wordpress.com/rishondawrites and http://www.wordpress.com/thebackyardexplorer.

Here’s what I need immediately:

  1. An email address specifically for my platform building efforts. I’m thinking rishondawrites@gmail.com.
  2. A website.

Now for the challenge- because nothing is worth doing unless it’s over the top. See that article I linked to in this blog? The one about the 101 best websites for writers. Well, I’m going to try them all.

Yes, in this time of New Year’s resolutions and fresh starts, I’ve decided that I will join every website on this list (and use it) until I get a book deal for Seraphim.

That’s two new sites a week, not to mention countless hours of networking and self-promotion. I’ll keep you all informed of my progress, and when the book deal comes through, I’ll make sure you’ll be the first to know how I did it.

Love you all!

Check out the websites:

http://www.writersdigest.com/wp-content/uploads/101Sites_2012.pdf

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