Hello dear writers, since we didn’t have our Yo Ho A Writer’s Life For Me discussion this Monday, I thought I would share what I found last last night.
Rachelle Gardner, a literary agent, who has a very helpful blog on writing and the industry, posted an article about Who Needs A Platform, which she says is almost everyone. Well, James Scott Bell, author of The Art of War for Writers, made a very thought provoking comment.
“The good news now is that fiction writers finally have a platform-building program that makes sense: self-publishing. That’s because it makes actual readers. And that’s why trad publishers are all over their A list to write novellas and short stories prior to a major release. They know this is what a fiction platform building is all about.
So don’t pressure new fiction writers to be doing all those things that were fashionable in 2007. Especially starting a blog, which is the biggest time suck for the smallest return known to man.
Encourage them to work at their craft and publish.”
Wow. That is something to think about. There are some other awesome comments on the post, and it might get you thinking on what blogging or platform-building means for you. So, if you get a chance, click on over and share your own thoughts.
On the other side of the topic of blogging, we have Kristin Lamb, author of We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer. She has some great posts on this subject.
- Sacred Cow Tipping: Writers shouldn’t exclusively blog about writing unless you’re wanting to be an expert on it.
- More Sacred Cow Tipping: Common Blogging Misconceptions
- Would Heminway Blog? She says YES!
- Tons more of helpful articles on social media & platform, just type in “blog” or “platform” in her search engine, and you’ll find a treasure trove of useful articles.
So what say you? Agree or disagree?
And dear readers, stay tuned. I have the wonderful opportunity to participate in a cover reveal for one of my favorite authors. How cool is that? Please join us Friday for a sneak peek of Dragonwitch, book five of The Tales of Goldstone Wood, from author Anne Elisabeth Stengl.