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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.
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.
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
post to make it easy for any writer to jump in and start building away.
Anyone can set up a
blog—yes, even the least tech-savvy writer on the planet. That part is
easy. The real challenge is making that blog compelling enough to build
an audience, which will only benefit your other writing efforts. This
helps writers create and own their blogs. Click
Anyone with enough patience can write a novel. That's the easy
part. What complicates matters is writing a novel that sells—to agents,
editors, publishers, and eventually readers. Bestselling author I.J.
Schecter teaches writers how to transform
their novel manuscripts into blockbuster novels. Click to continue.
PLATFORM-BUILDING TIPS FOR WRITERS
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
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.
It's one thing to write a novel; it's something else to write a novel that creates a reader frenzy! The
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This collection includes:
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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
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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