PlatformingA Lesson by Writers Essentials
Welcome to Lesson 2 on Platforming, and not the game platforming unfortunately. Platforming is essentially Social Networking that writers need in order to broaden their chances of being noticed and published. It's gotten easier because of the advances in technology to publish your own work for a few used pennies. But true success comes not with money, but your platform. The more people that know about you and your work the better and hopefully these tips will help you out. If anyone has any questions or needs me to explain something in deeper detail, please just express your questions and concerns in the comment section below. Thanks and enjoy these tips on Platforming!
Ways to Build your Platform
Clarify the kinds of writers you want to connect with.
Ask questions! The more you know the better!
Don’t promote anyone online who you wouldn’t promote in real life (DeviantArt/WritersCafe included).
Study your competitors; What are they doing better than you? Instead of getting angry, get smart.
Either for practice or for any Social Media site: write a brief bio. Include your website URL (if you have one), relevant professional credentials, recent publications (online or off), signature self published efforts and professional partnerships. Anything showcasing your writing talent can be included.
There are literature graders online that can gauge the effectiveness of your blogs, articles, stories etc.*
Ask yourself what new ideas you have; write them down and keep track of them.
Readers want to know what books you’re reading; do some reviews. (good reads & Redroom)**
Reply to comments! This is extremely important because it shows you're taking the time to respond to those who took their time to read it. Wow that's confusing, but it's still important!
Take five minutes to write a quickie mission statement about why you’re on fire about your topic.***
Find other passionate people. Their enthusiasm will no doubt pass over to you on days when you feel unmotivated or down.
Make a list of writers you admire and follow their examples.
Ask for feedback! Don't be shy about it. This works great on writing/art sites because there are literally art fanatics EVERYWHERE!
Work hard to maximize everything you write. Use your resources wisely and don't let anyone tell you that you can't do it!
And the most important tip (not just for platforming, but life in general), be yourself!****
* I had some Graders written down but they no longer exist. I will post a Journal with great websites for writers soon so I'll search around for some if people are interested.
** Redroom is currently undergoing a domain change so their website is down until further notice.
*** A Mission Statement is a summary of ones goals and values.
Added on July 3, 2015
Last Updated on July 3, 2015
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