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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