Friday Forum: Platform

A couple of weeks ago, our heroine took on blogging specifically, dear Reader. It’s not unusual for a writer to put up a blog, of course. We like to write, that’s why we’re called “writers.” The question becomes why is a blog so important in this day and age?

It is, of course, an integral part of the “writer’s platform” or “web presence.” Had a dear friend who’s writing his heart out look at me blankly the other day when I used those phrases. This is by no means an exhaustive look at the topic. It is meant to be a primer, a very basic intro. We will come back to it. Repeatedly. Yes, it’s that important.

Literary Architects has an article with a title that says it all: How Important Is an Author’s Platform? Critically. It’s from 2006, but is a good, basic post with information that will show you just how necessary the platform is.

The Book Publicity Blog has a terrific post about Why a *pre-publication* web presence is important. Their focus is mainly on websites, so be sure to take a good look at this. I still need to take that step myself! It’s important to do it and to do it well. We’ll look at websites themselves in the future.

They also had a good article about What kind of web presence is right for an author? Detailing the several aspects of the platform, it will help you get an idea of just how intricate and involved creating the web presence is.

Get Known Before the Book Deal has a good article called My Definition of Platform for Aspiring Authors. Take a wander throughout this site for loads of information about creating your web presences.

Let’s face it: we’re all going to have to bite the bullet and create our web presences, put together our platforms. My advice? Learn about what’s needed, then dive in and make it *fun*! Enjoy it – just as I do putting together this blog. Appease the gods of social media. Start your platform soon.

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3 thoughts on “Friday Forum: Platform

  1. […] Friday Forum: Platform Jessica Rosen’s focused link love forum.  “Each week, the Friday Forum will focus on a certain subject links to do with writing and/or publishing.” […]

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  2. Kathryn Lang August 19, 2009 at 2:07 pm Reply

    Building a Platform has become one of the most important tools to getting published. I look forward to the future posts on the subject.

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    • Jessica Rosen August 22, 2009 at 7:30 pm Reply

      You nailed it, Kathryn. Such an important thing, the web presence, and we writers have a tendency not to understand it. I confess that it’s still got me on edge and I’m researching it even more. Naturally, I will share more in the near future.

      Take care,
      Jessica Rosen

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