Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October musings...

October has nearly come and gone, yet I am just sitting down to write my blog. Yes, shame on me. the word write is a verb, not a noun. So its the duty of a writer to write, to put pen to paper, or in this case to type words to computer screen and compose one's thoughts. So I am taking the time out of my schedule to do so.

As a new author, I find the rank and file filling in daily. Like cattle calls for a Broadway show, aspiring authors go immediately to the world wind web and create blogs, out soapboxes to the world on which we stand. When publishers ask you, what's your platform? This is the scaffolding on which you are going to build your answer. Question yourself, what do you want people to say about you? About your author's name? About your books?

Great story?
Three dimensional characters they can relate to?
A story weaver, not just a story teller?

These are all things writers want to be known for - not just a flash in the pan, not making millions off Amazon ( even though, we do aspire to see a huge sale with each book ). You want the firm foundation of your platform to be your good name. Readers can come to you for a solid story, well told, well crafted, satisfying. You want your readers to spend those hours hooked on your plot, wondering what your characters will do next, and thinking, my gosh, this heroine could so be me.

So writers, young and old, don't rush a well thought out plan in order to get the quick satisfaction. Write well, write often, become proficient and build that bridge to your fan base. Let them know your name is something you can bank on.

Writer roll call for Authors who leave you with that satisfying read.

Aliyah Burke
Yvette Hines
Debbie Macomber
Suzanne Brockman
Paty Jager
Amy Atwell

Who are yours?

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