How To Build Your Platform

Whether you are a writer or business owner, you need an online platform or presence for your business. This article provides a good place to learn how to do so.

“What is a platform? How do I build it?”

            Aside from the literal meaning of the word, the term has come to refer to writers who have name recognition (often called visibility) by the reading public, and who have proven they can reach their targeted audience.

            Thus, here is the first thing to consider. Think of the word influence. Who will buy your books? The answer is not everybody. Agents and editors insist on book proposals because they expect potential authors to know how to reach a specific segment of the population. Do you write for women ages 25-40?  Science-fiction readers? Business people? Click here to learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

Inspirational Verse

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he
will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he
will exult over you with loud singing.

Nancy and Kelly

Turn

Daily Writing Tips is a great resource for everyone who writes as a profession or writes a monthly newsletter. This article is interesting.

 

I find the word “turn”, its usage, and its derivatives tricky at times. Can we elaborate on ”turn” please?

My first reaction to this reader’s suggestion was, “what can possibly be said about turn that would fill a post?”

But then I started typing all the “turn” expressions I could think of and came up with dozens. Next I went to the OED online edition and despaired of ever scrolling to the bottom of the entry for turn as a verb. In my Compact OED print edition, I counted 34 columns devoted to turn. 

What a word! Let’s look at a few of its uses of turn as a verb. Click here to learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

Journaling

If a journal is not in your writer’s tool kit, it should be. Proven to be a stress reliever and healthy for mind and body, it can also unleash the creative juices in each of us. While it can serve as a diary by simply recording your daily deeds and innermost thoughts, a journal is much more. dreamstime_xs_21823856 Writing down what inspires you and your goals triggers your imagination. But also include the concrete: “to-do” lists that can include the mundane chores, errands and grocery lists or “must do” lists that could resemble a bucket.

In How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, Michael J. Gelb describes Leonardo’s journaling habits, which are intriguing to say the least! This is an excellent resource for writers and I highly recommend it – it is, um, pure genius! The following is a list of ideas to jumpstart your journal. Click here to read the rest of this informative article.

Nancy and Kelly

Family History

A number of years ago, I connected with a family member from England who had spent years locating members of the Gaymer family as part of her genealogy research. The connection provided me with history going back to the 1600s with the family tree as well as true stories about the Gaymer family history.  I learned in the 1700s Long John Gaymer (this nickname came from his height) married a young woman named Mary Chapman. Mary’s father had a small pub cyder business providing cyder for his family and neighbors who wanted to purchase jugs. For his wedding gift to Long John and Mary, he provided them with the secret recipe for his cyder. As years past the Gaymer Pub Cyder business grew and became so well-known, it was honored as the Royal Warrant Cyder for Queen Mary and the present day Queen Elizabeth which means it was the only pub cyder served in the palace. The Gaymer Pub Cyder business remains to this day though it no longer belongs to the Gaymer family. It was sold to another company. To find out what happens, click here.

Nancy and Kelly

Changes In The Publishing World

There have been big changes in the publishing world in the last few years. This is an interesting article that talks about those changes and how that as affected publishers, authors, and the customer.

I began blogging as an agent in January of 2008, and it’s remarkable to look back over my past posts and notice how much has changed in six years. When I started, I didn’t even have a Kindle. Now my family owns five Kindles plus iPads and various other electronic devices, and I wouldn’t want to do this job without them.

I wrote posts back then about how there was a stigma to self-publishing and I warned writers against it— if they wanted to be taken seriously. Now self-publishing is a normal and accepted option for writers. Click here to learn more.

Nancy and Kelly