Making a Literary Life
For today's writer there is a push to establish a platform or a way to actively partner with the publisher in marketing the book to be published. The usual advice is to get as many followers as possible on Twitter and Facebook and to establish a blog that has a wide following. Joining Shelfari and Goodreads is also a way to build an audience of readers who hopefully want to buy your book. Speaking to groups and offering workshops relevant to the book are also recommended.
I asked Facebook members and the participants at Internet Writing Workshop and the Bookshed about ways they knew to establish an author's platform. Lots of wonderful ideas were offered. And there was lots of discussion about what happens when the author successfully builds his own audience. Interesting thoughts about people like Stephen King and Dan Brown. What if they self published?
Carolyn See's book offers the best written advice I have found. Creative and original, her ideas take some guts to do, but that's the way to glory, at least that's what I've heard. If you read it I'd be interested in what you think.