Continuing To Build Your Writer’s Platform

9 Jul

003Welcome back my friends to Artistry With Words.  I trust your Monday went well and you are ready to tackle life this bright, sunny Tuesday, the 9th day of July.

Today let’s talk about our platform.  My first blog for GRIT Magazine was posted yesterday and you can find it here.

This is the blog I mentioned a week ago that I am doing weekly for free.  Why free you may ask?  Very simply because I get my byline in a national, respected, well-established magazine, and that means that my platform as a writer is growing.  I may not have received any money for that blog but it is worth its weight in gold.  Who knows who will see it?  Perhaps tomorrow the editor of another magazine will read that posting and decide that they want me writing for them for money.  Perhaps an agent will read it or a publisher, and they will contact me and ask to see more of my work.

In other words, the potential for that free blog is unlimited, and it is a stepping stone to hopefully bigger and better things to come.


In marketing you must choose between boredom, shouting and seduction. Which do you want?
Roy H. Williams

I love that quote, and I am firmly in the “seduction” camp of marketing.  I want to seduce my readers with my writing so that, by word of mouth, others will want to read my words.  I have enough confidence in my writing abilities to believe that I can do just that….seduce my readers.

Do you?


Do not state the obvious when making a point.  Rather, find a way to say it without saying it.

If you need help deciphering that tip I’ll be glad to elaborate.


Teaching Tolerance Magazine is looking for bloggers to add to their message of stomping out intolerance in the world.  They pay $1 per word and you can find their guidelines here.


violent crime

What do you see? What thoughts come to mind when you see this picture?


Barthelme Prize In Short Prose is a writing contest for prose poetry and flash fiction writers.  Entry Deadline is August 31st and entry fee is, I believe, $17.  You can find them here.


More tomorrow my friends.  Remember to build that platform and market yourself on a daily basis.  Keep your goals in sight and always move toward those goals.  Everything you do builds on your past works and builds for your future works.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

12 Responses to “Continuing To Build Your Writer’s Platform”

  1. Janine Huldie July 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Huge congrats on being in that national blog and truly is awesome Bill. I am heading over to read and share. Hope you are having a fine Tuesday now and just so happy for you!!

    • Billybuc July 9, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      Thank you Janine! Hard work and focus…you know all about that my friend. It’s a beautiful day here and I hope yours is as well.

  2. Kelly Umphenour July 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    That’s AWESOME Bill! I already read the article from the link…it’s superb! I really enjoy following you Bill…you’re truly an inspiration to me. I have watched you grow from some of your first hubs to this beautiful blog and UP ya go…it’s nice to see someone accomplish their goals.

    • Billybuc July 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      Kelly, it seems like you have been alongside since day one of this journey. I think we have grown quite a bit, and I greatly appreciate your loyal friendship.

  3. Joan Veronica Robertson July 9, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Hi Bill what a beautiful blog! And the contents… well they are “Bill” all over! Congrats and a happy Tuesday to you, I will be back (I hope!)

    • Billybuc July 9, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

      Well thank you Joan! It’s nice of you to stop by and I appreciate the kind words.

  4. ruchira July 10, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    I checked out your blog on that site and as usual you are so encouraging. You made some valid points and I sure hope you get your well deserved success!

    • Billybuc July 10, 2013 at 1:42 am #

      Thank you Ruchira! It will come in time; I just have to be willing to do the work. 🙂

  5. Audrey Howitt July 10, 2013 at 2:08 am #

    Congrats Bill on the national blog bit–off to check it out now!

    • Billybuc July 10, 2013 at 2:27 am #

      Thank you so much, Audrey! Taking baby steps in the right direction.

  6. i'mkarn July 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    My choice? Seduction – all the way…(ahem)
    btw, Bill…when i read the opening line of this blog – it continues on in my head.
    I was hoping you might change it? LOL..just for little old me? haha
    When i read ‘Welcome back my friends” – my mind continues to read “To the BLOG THAT NEVER ENDS!”…
    it’s perfect, yes?
    and then – we could put it to music…
    (i promise i’m not on drugs this morning…(((yesterday morning? nothing story altogether..))
    ok..leaving now

    • Billybuc July 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

      Leslie, if you aren’t on drugs then I want a piece of that happy placebo you are taking. LOL You crack me up. Have a great day and now I’ve got that song stuck in my head. 🙂

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