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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.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

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?

TIP OF THE DAY

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.

SITE OF THE DAY

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.

PROMPT OF THE DAY

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

CONTEST OF THE DAY

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.

THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY

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.

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

The Writer’s Platform

3 Jun

003Welcome back my devoted followers and fellow writers of the word.  How was your weekend? Restful I hope.  Well, shall we begin?

How is your platform coming along?  Platform, what platform??? I hear you saying it across the country.  Do you even have a platform? Do you know what a platform is?

A writing platform is, for lack of a better definition, how well you are known as a writer, and how you promote your writing.  It is the accumulation of your marketing efforts and your selling tools.

Of course, if you have no desire to sell your writing then a platform is unnecessary.  If, however, you have visions of one day publishing a book or selling magazine articles, then you really need to get with the marketing program and start selling.

And what are you selling?  Make no mistake about this….you are selling you!  The author is the product and as such the author must sell…the author.

So, I repeat….how is your platform coming along?

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Pop culture is not about depth. It’s about marketing, supply and demand, consumerism.
Trevor Dunn

Think about that quote for a second….okay, times up. J  Pop culture is about marketing….true? I think so, and I think, to a certain degree, it is true for writing as well.  There are few “truly great” books published today.  You know, like one of the classics that we all read in high school….and in all honesty some of the classics were not truly great.  They reached that status because of marketing, hard work, reputation and consumerism.

How many bestsellers have we seen over the years by self-help gurus who burst onto the scene with the latest message of self-esteem and self-love?  Have you noticed that they all say the same thing but just word the message differently?  So if they all say the same thing, how did they become bestselling authors?

Marketing!

TIP OF THE DAY

Give a business card to everyone you meet, and if people ask you what you do, tell them that you are a writer.

Business cards are cheap….the message they deliver is vitally important.  If you are a writer then present yourself as a writer.  It is time to come out of the closet and announce to the world that you are a writer and a damn good one.

Build your platform….go to VistaPrint and order some business cards today.

SITE OF THE DAY

And that brings us to VistaPrint, a site I have used often. I got my business cards from them, my flyers, my magnetic car door signs….I love them and they have great specials running most of the year.  You can find them here.

BOOK OF THE DAY

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey is one of those self-help books I mentioned earlier, and as such it is a rehash of many other books that have been written.  However, it is written well and it delivers some interesting insight into people who have succeeded and what they all have in common.

And so I ask you again…..how is your platform coming along?

PROMPT OF THE DAY

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Take a look…what do you see? My friend Joe wrote a great article today about picture prompts…see it here.

THAT’S MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR TODAY

I’ve given you a few things to think about, so now get out there and build that platform. I want to see each and every one of you successful in this writing dream….but it will only happen if you are the driving force behind your product. J

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Bill