As a soon to be new published author it was pointed out to me I needed to become active on social media. I started reading everything I could find about my soon to be new venture. How it can and will impact my success as a writer. Someone mentioned I had to have a platform.
I found an article written by Brian A. Klems in the September issue of Writer’s Digest in the Questions and Quandaries column. “It is your personal ability to sell your books right this instant. Platform, simply put, is your visibility as an author,” says Chuck Sambuchino, author of Create Your Writer Platform (WD Books).
So the days of new authors sitting at their computers and just writing the next best seller are over. We must advertise our books and ourselves to the thousands of potential readers out in the world.
Publishers expect authors to build an audience before their book is published = social media. Of course there are many ways to do this; Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goggle+, and many others. The author needs to pick the ones they prefer. This will most likely take time away from novel writing. However, it is necessary if we want to find readers for our books.
We must also be consistent in our social media posts, picking a posting schedule that is best for us. Most importantly give our potential readers a reason to follow us and hopefully buy our books.
Per Brian: “When should an author start building a platform? Immediately!”
This is the information I have found so far. Wonder what will be next on my agenda. Good luck to all of you. Happy Writing.