As we discussed last month, agents and editors strongly encourage authors to develop a platform long before their book is published. One key element for most authors and illustrators is social media. But what should your social media look like while querying, (especially if you don't feel you have anything to talk about)? Here are... Continue Reading →
I love watching Twitter pitch parties. When I first came upon them, they were a curiosity. I pored over other writers’ pitches, boosted the ones I liked, and longed to be far enough along in my publishing journey to pitch a manuscript of my own. Then that coveted day came! I participated in my very... Continue Reading →
Platform. If you’re submitting your work you should at least start thinking about it. But don’t worry, there’s no one size fits all way to do it right. I talked about the push and pull of platform over at Alayne Kay Christian’s blog and as you will see from my journey, you don’t even have to be outgoing to build a platform that works for you.
This month’s ALL ABOUT PLATFORM BUILDING guest blogger is author, librarian, and children’s writing community friend, Heather Ayris Burnell. Thank you, Heather, for sharing your story with us.
The Push and Pull of Platform
by Heather Ayris Burnell
“You need a platform.” Those words can make a writer freeze. If they make you even a bit nervous, relax and take a deep breath. Honestly, what you need first is a good manuscript. Excellent even. But, when the time comes that you’re ready to start sending your work out on submission, having some sort of platform is a good idea.
It’s Okay to Start Small– You may feel pushed to have a huge platform but the truth is, it’s best to start with something manageable. You’ll be learning and growing along the way. Way back when I first started considering submitting manuscripts, the thought of anyone even knowing that I…
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It’s the holiday season, and you know what that means-- the publishing industry wants to cozy up by the fire for a long winter's nap. Many agents are closed to submissions. Editors are taking vacations. But, a new year is on its way with the promise of opportunity! If you have work out on submission... Continue Reading →
The Postcard Post Old Home Week has a very special guest this month… Santa Claus! Actually, our special guest is better than Santa because Rachelle Meyer comes bearing the gift of a great seasonal illustration and self-promotion tips! Rachelle generously shares how she's been getting her work out in the world. I’ve always wanted to... Continue Reading →
I am THRILLED. THRILLED, I TELL YOU, TO BE HERE. Hope you guys are having fun, getting off the couch and realizing you CAN DO THIS THING. Let's talk about something you should dabble in even before you start querying: Social Media. You've heard blogging is dead? You just don't get Twitter? Think Facebook is... Continue Reading →