“You can now follow me on Twitter under JaneIsaacAuthor.”
What is an author platform and why do I need one? Researching the independent publishing houses raised this question time and again. So, I did what most curious net surfers do and googled it.
An author platform appears to be a foundation for marketing your potential material – a website, Face book page, Twitter account, blog. Even if your book is, as yet, unpublished you need to be out there, making a name for yourself in cyberspace, forming a base that you can later build upon.
You’ll find author platforms mentioned across the web by authors, publishers, teaching and advice sites. The best explanation I found was on The Creative Penn at http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2009/06/26/author-platform/ – definitely worth a look. Or, listen to latest Newbie Writers podcast where Damien and Catharine give excellent advice on platforms and to how to reach your potential audience.
So… my first concession – I’ve set up a Twitter account and started tweeting. Will they be interesting, inspirational, worthwhile? Who knows? In any case, I’m limited to 140 characters, so not enough to get bored – I hope!
What shall I write about? I figure I’ll start with my passions: writing, reading, travel – and see where it leads me. Why not come and join me? It’ll be great to have some fellow writers to chat to. You never know, it might end up being fun…
Jane Isaac is very much a Newbie, she doesn’t even have a website yet (one day…) and with a day job, a family and a very demanding black Labrador, she squeezes her writing into every spare moment she gets. Join her on the rocky road from pen to publication – hopefully!