The question comes up repeatedly in author circles: do you need social media to land an agent or a book deal? How many followers/friends are enough? Where should you list your social media in a query? You've got questions; we've got answers. This month Sub It Club takes on social media and the querying process.... 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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Today I’m happy to welcome Saba Sulaiman to the Sub It Club blog! Saba is a Junior Agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services. Before being promoted she was an assistant working through thousands of queries in a number of genres. Prior to coming to Talcott Notch, Saba was an editorial intern at Sourcebooks. Working with... Continue Reading →
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 →
Yes, people are discovered in the slushpile. Happens all the time. And no matter how much an agent/editor likes you, she won't sign you unless the writing is there. However. It only stands to reason that an agent/editor will give your query a more serious look if she's met you. While not all of us... Continue Reading →
HEY PEEPS! Been, like, a long time... http://youtu.be/c1Hb9ABpyts Amiright? Heather and Dana have been holding down the fort while I attempt to finish my WIP. Always take longer than you think it will. Amirightagain? Anyhoo. Today, let's consider the social-media-savvy agent. You know the one I'm talking about. He or she blogs three times a... Continue Reading →