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building your author platform even if you’re not published yet, part one

December 6th, 2009

From Justine Musk:

The line between writer and creative entrepreneur is thinning all the time. Soon it might just disappear.

In this entry in his Overnight Success series, Chris talks about how platform-building and community-building come before success, not after. This is an important point for writers to realize. I was at a workshop where the instructor was urging the members to get online and start building our author platforms and holding me up as an example (not that I’m some expert, although I like to think I’m working on it).

“But she,” said one woman, pointing her pen at me, “is on a different level from the rest of us,” meaning that I am published and they are not.

But that’s kind of the point. I would have done so much better if I had developed a robust online platform before my first book came out in 2005. If there’s one thing I’ve learned since publication it’s just how difficult it is to win people’s attention and trust (and money) enough for them to take a chance on your novel, let alone win them over as loyal readers.

Also, it takes time.

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building your author platform even if you’re not published yet, part one « Tribal Writer.