Publish date:

How to Build an Author Platform & Begin Your Writing Career

No matter if you are an aspiring writer or a published author, it's essential these days to have a writer platform. Learn what an author's platform is, why an audience of readers is important to potential agents and publishers, and ways to build a writing platform from today's tip of the day, taken from the book Get Known Before the Book Dealby Christina Katz.

Get Published With an Author's Platform | Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz

What is a Writer's Platform?

According to Katz, "the word platform simply describes all the ways you are visible and appealing to your future, potential, or actual readership." In essence, this means how visible you are online, and in your community--your online presence, any public speaking you do, classes you teach, publishing contacts you have, and what you have written. Having an author platform shares your expertise with others. In return, you can gain credibility and recognition for your craft, which can help you find a literary agent and get published.

How to Build an Author Platform

As with any craft, you must have dedication. This means working around the clock, always searching for new opportunities to get your name and work out there, and taking risks. A good author's platform engages its readers. One way to do this is by having fresh content. Another way is to get to know the media--the more they know about you, your writing skills, and your work, the more likely they are to help you in promoting your book.

Use Your Writing Platform to Your Advantage

Literary agents and editors look for writers with strong platforms because authors with platforms sell books. Think about it, if you have an author website that reaches thousands of loyal readers and fans, you have a good chance of successfully promoting your book or novel. This helps the agent with publicity, and sells more copies of your book.

Buy Christina Katz's Get Known Before the Book Deal today!

Interested in blogging? Learn about how to build an author platform and promote your writing through blogging. Plus, read more writing tips.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: The Characterless Character

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: The Characterless Character

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is writing a characterless character.

When Is My Novel Ready to Read: 7 Self-Editing Processes for Writers

When Is My Novel Ready to Read: 7 Self-Editing Processes for Writers

Fiction editor and author Kris Spisak ties together her seven processes for self-editing novels, including editorial road-mapping, character differentiation analysis, reverse editing, and more.

Poetic Forms

Englyn Unold Crwca: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the englyn unold crwca, a Welsh quatrain form.

5 Things for Writers to Keep in Mind When Writing About Spies

5 Things for Writers to Keep in Mind When Writing About Spies

A spy thriller requires more than a compelling story and clever plot twists—the characters need to feel real. Author Stephanie Marie Thornton offers 5 tips for constructing believable spy characters.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Team Up

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Team Up

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, it's time for a little unexpected team work.

Taylor Anderson: On Creating Realism in the Weird

Taylor Anderson: On Creating Realism in the Weird

New York Times bestselling author Taylor Anderson discusses the process of writing his new science fiction novel, Purgatory's Shore.

6 Books Perfect for Fall Reading

6 Books Perfect for Fall Reading

Whether you're looking for something cozy or a little spooky, these books are perfect for the fall season.

NaNoWriMo: To Prep or Not to Prep?

NaNoWriMo: To Prep or Not to Prep?

When it comes to a 30 day writing challenge like NaNoWriMo, do you need to prep beforehand to achieve success? Well, that might depend on what kind of writer you are.

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Copywriter and author Sarah Echavarre Smith discusses the process of writing her new romance novel, On Location.