Since I’m just setting up this blog, I found it appropriate that my first post be about creating the Writer’s Platform, since that’s what I”m doing. I have my Facebook page all set up and my Twitter profile is ready to go. This blog is the last and the most time consuming to get going. I say that because there are pages to create, customizing the theme I’m using, linking my other social media accounts and then deciding what to write as the first blog post. But in the end, I know the time I spend setting things up will pay off in the end.
As I go along and set up my platform, I am reading, Create Your Writer Platform, by Chuck Sambuchino. There is so much information in this book. I’ll give you a break down of what’s inside by adding the table of contents:
The Principles of Platform
Chapter 1: What is platform?
Chapter 2: The Necessity of Platform
Chapter 3: The 12 Fundamental Principles of Platform
Chapter 4: Choosing Your Niche
Chapter 5: Platform for Fiction and Memoir
The Mechanics of Platform
Chapter 6: Platform Avenues: Which Should You Choose?
Chapter 7: Your Website: The Foundation
Chapter 8: Your Blog: The Extension
Chapter 9: Your Newsletter: The Outreach
Chapter 10: Article and Column Writing
Chapter 11: Public Speaking
Chapter 12: Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, and More
Chapter 13: 4 Side Doors to Platform
Author Case Studies
In the book, Chuck, even says not to wait until you have finished reading the book before you start building your writer platform. So, that’s what I did. I did NOT wait. Now I haven’t read all of this book yet, but so far it has been helpful.
If you’re working on your writer platform, or just starting out, I recommend this book.