Recently, my writer’s group had a meeting to discuss publishing and marketing. We had one of our cherished members who is an experienced indie author share tips with us. She opened the meeting with what she said was the most important advice to pass along …
Bear with me, because this is for readers as well as writers.
At the meeting, we discussed how authors must create an online network reflecting their genre. Wherever we go in cyberspace, be it blogs, facebook, twitter, goodreads, etc., we must stick to a specific platform.
Something I already new and have avoided, is not to write a blog strictly about the mechanics of writing. An author’s platform is to give readers a sense of our writing style and the content of our publications.
I thought my platform was well-established, but a few authors told me it is not.
My plan was to make inspirational messages and laughter the focal point of my blog. My anthology, my published articles, plus my WIP’s (fiction) are written with endings that should feel inspirational, some in small ways, others much bigger ways. Or, at least give cause for the reader to stop and think. My poetry is meant to do the same. Even my pets have passed along wisdom to me. When I share things about me on the blog, I try to introspect and tie it into an inspirational or funny message. Perhaps I’m not making that platform clear enough. Or, perhaps it’s too generalized, but I like the interaction and different perspectives from commenters.
I didn’t mean to leave the impression that it’s all about me. I thought it reflected my writing/publication(s), which is to encourage inner-growth, laughter and inspiration.
I really don’t want to re-haul my entire blog to make it strictly about some superficial topic in order to get readers to my works. So, I added a little more explanation at the top of the page, and plan to keep blogging what my heart calls me to do.
My writing (publications), especially the stuff I’m working on now, goes pretty deep into minds and hearts. In my memoir anthology, I dropped some subtle inspirational messages that might be missed, but they are there. If you’d like to receive my memoir for free, Author Angela Archer is having a giveaway. You can join her contest to win my anthology or any number of other lovely gifts. Click below and scroll down for my memoir anthology Rome, Home and Meatballs. Then click ‘join’ to enter the contest.
In the mean time, if you haven’t already, please vote for my poem this week on the Best New Poems site. I posted a little more about it, here. I hope you don’t mind me asking for your help … if you like it, of course.
Please keep an eye on my blog for a free memoir read coming up next week.