Many writers, on the verge of marketing their novel to an agent or editor, make the mistake of not working on their platform. They believe it’s too early, but it’s almost too late by the time the query letters go out. Much better to spend a few hours a week building that platform online while the book is still being written and edited. Your chances of snagging an agent or selling your work increase if you have a good presence online.

Even now, after I spent a lot of time doing just that, I still work a few hours every week upgrading, finding new sites to get listed on, places where I can get reviews or be interviewed on a blog or Internet Radio show.
To begin, go to sites like Blog Catalog where you can get your blog listed; Linked In where you can begin to link your work with that of other writers; Writing where you can post short stories, articles, excerpts from your book; and of course don’t forget Twitter and Facebook. Sign up, sign on and begin to build that platform. There are many, many more.
I schedule one day a week to work on a variety of promotional sites, such as blogging here and at my other site which is a journal of sorts, but lets readers and writers in on how a writer works and plays, writes and promotes. All these sites help get my platform, my brand, my books noticed.
I am constantly on the lookout for more sites. Some I don’t like, others turn out to be just what I’m looking for. Google for writer’s groups and check Yahoo for its groups. If you don’t get something out of them, then drop them. Be the professional you must be to succeed in this business.

About veldabrotherton

For thirty years I've been a writer. Publication of my work began in 1994 . I'm pleased to have recently settled with Oghma Creative Media as my publisher. My brand is SexyDarkGritty and that applies to my western historical romances, mysteries, women's fiction and horror novels. I recently signed a contract to write westerns again, and what fun it's been working on the first one. If I weren't writing my life wouldn't be so exciting.
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    This is a very informative post, Velda. It's definitely something I need to be working on.

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