If you are a new or prospective author who has done a little research, then you know the importance of building a platform. It's become so important that some publishers are now asking authors to include social media and email subscription numbers in book proposals.
If all of this seems overwhelming to you, then you might be interested in viewing an online discussion that author Angela Meyer hosted this morning called "Pre-publication Author Platforms." Panelists included Tamara Clymer, owner CrossRiver Media Group, beginning blogger Jeanie Jacobson and me.
We discussed the importance of blogging as it relates to platform building, whether Facebook or Twitter is enough, how often we should be blogging, what we should be blogging about, whether it is important to buy a domain and finding balance in the writing/marketing/life.
We had a few technical difficulties to begin with, so bear with us for the first two minutes. I think you'll find it informative.
Lee Warren is a freelance writer and editor who has written twelve non-fiction books, one novella and hundreds of articles for various newspapers and magazines as well as edited more than 50 books that currently appear in print. He's a fan of NASCAR, baseball, tennis, books, movies and coffee shops.