Agent Gordon Warnock Explains Author Platforms: Why You Need One & How to Use It to Secure Representation — Oct. 10 Webinar With Critique

Platform — your ability to market yourself and your books — has become increasingly important in the modern publishing world. What was once of concern only to authors of prescriptive nonfiction is now an integral part of successfully publishing fiction and nonfiction, both traditionally and independently. This is especially true for debut authors looking to break into the popular market. With more submissions and fewer acceptances, you need to show agents and publishers that you have what it takes to cut through the noise and get noticed by your target audience.

This brand new live webinar will demystify platform, show you how to obtain it, and share those important “extra” details and tricks that can help sway an agent’s mind. Among topics touched upon will be establishing the right kind of presence, writing the platform-centric query, assembling a convincing marketing proposal, and what to say in a verbal pitch to show the agent you have platform. Taught by agent Gordon Warnock (Foreword Literary), it’s called “An Agent Explains Author Platforms: Why You Need One & How to Use It to Secure Representation,” and it happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, and lasts 90 minutes. All attendees get a critique; don’t forget that at least 3 agents have signed writers after critiquing their work as part of a WD webinar.


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All registrants are invited to submit your query and first 500 words of your manuscript. These are guaranteed a written critique by Literary Agent Gordon Warnock. Sign up for the webinar here.


  • What platform is
  • What platform does for you
  • What agents look for in platform
  • How to approach and build platform
  • How to craft a platform-centric query
  • How to assemble a convincing marketing proposal
  • What to say in a pitch to show the agent you have platform
  • Common misconceptions and mistakes. Sign up for the webinar here.


Gordon Warnock is a founding partner at Foreword Literary, serving as a literary agent and editorial director of their Fast Foreword digital publishing program. He brings years of experience as a senior literary agent, marketing director and editor for independent publishers, freelance publishing consultant, and college-level writing tutor. He frequently teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches at conferences and MFA programs nationwide.

With a zest for fresh, new voices and a deep love of the classics, Gordon actively seeks out both the timely and the timeless. In that spirit, he establishes involved, long-term working relationships with talented and dedicated authors of many genres.


  1. Writers who want a career, rather than just one book
  2. Writers who want agents and traditional publishers
  3. Self-published authors who need marketing help
  4. Debut authors looking to break into the popular market
  5. Writers who need help making connections
  6. Writers who need help pitchin
  7. Writers wanting to know where to focus their time
  8. Non-fiction writers of all types
  9. Fiction writers who want their work to reach those who will buy it

Sign up for the webinar here.

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