How to build an author platform on a sturdy foundationYou’ve probably heard a lot about the importance of building an author platform.

According to publishing expert Jane Friedman, when editors and agents say they’re looking to work with authors who have an existing platform, what they really mean is they’re searching for a writer “with visibility and authority who has proven reach to a target audience.”

But before you get all excited and try to build a taller, wider, shinier platform than the next writer in your genre, consider this: all your platform-building efforts will be a waste of time if you’re not starting off on solid ground.

So what is a solid author foundation?

A sturdy foundation for a writer’s platform is comprised of three things.

To find out what those three things are, check out THIS guest post I wrote for the Bookarma Blog. (I’ll give you a hint though: you need a reason to throw a party, a place to host it, and a way to invite the right people.)

To find out more about building your author platform on a sturdy foundation, visit the Bookarma Blog.

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Chris Robley

About Chris Robley

Chris Robley has written 563 posts in this blog.

is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

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