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A writer platform is the second most important thing a writer can develop. The writing should always come first, because that's a writer's product and service. The better that writers write the better their offering to the world.

But even as writers develop their writing skills, they need to develop their writing platforms. In today's changing media landscape and unlimited opportunities, it just makes sense for writers (and other professionals) to develop connections now.
In April, I led a 30-day challenge for writers to build (or improve) their writer platforms. Earlier this week, I collected the whole 30-day series in one post to make it easy for any writer to jump in and start building away.
Start making money with e-books! E-publishing guru Jane Friedman will lead the live webinar Do Your E-book Right and Start Making Money on May 17. Friedman will cover distribution services available to e-book authors, 3 essential factors that impact e-book sales, how to appropriately price e-books, and more. Click here for more details.
Until next we meet, keep writing and marketing what you write.
Robert Lee Brewer
Senior Content Editor
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Here are the steps writers can take to build their writing platforms in 30 days. Each step represents a day. While using this list as an outline is helpful, I must emphasize that clicking on each link and reading each post thoroughly will provide you with so much more information and insight into how to complete (and optimize) each day's task. Also, go in order if you can help it, because it's in a certain order for a reason.
  • Define yourself. There are questions every writer should ask before building a platform.
  • Set your goals. Goals provide you a purpose and a finish line. A smart writer has long-term and short-term goals.
  • Join Facebook. Even if you're already a member, this post shares some tips on how to improve your use of the popular social media site.
  • Join Twitter. Again, optimization tips are included for Twitter users.
  • Start a blog. It sounds like an important step—and it is—but it doesn't have to be painful. In fact, starting a blog is easy.



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Follow the latest publishing news you can use, updated daily, on our exclusive Market Watch feature, by senior content editor Robert Lee Brewer. Recent headlines include:
  • F+W Media Launches New Young Adult Fiction Imprint With Bestselling Author: F+W Media, which has made a habit of launching new fiction imprints recently, has just added another one: Merit Press Books, a young adult imprint. Maybe even more surprising than the new imprint is who F+W snagged to head up the venture: bestselling novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean.
  • Newspaper Circulation Rises: In a report measuring 618 newspapers, daily and Sunday circulations rose. The most significant increases came on Sunday editions and digital.
  • Time Is Magazine of the Year: Time magazine took home the top honor at the National Magazine Awards by winning Magazine of the Year.
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As I mentioned above, building a platform is essential to a writer's success in the new publishing and media environment—whether you intend to publish with a traditional publisher or do it yourself.

Luckily, Writer's Digest offers several resources for expanding your platform.

One of the great things about technology is that writers can find helpful information in several different places, including Twitter. By the way, click here to learn how to use Twitter to boost your writing income.
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