Two things (besides great writing) make an author appealing to agents, editors, publishers, and readers: Brand and Platform.
Differentiating one author from another, they make them visible on all of their communication channels.
(My last blog dealt with branding. If you didn’t happen to read it, you can find it archived on www.brendapoulos.org).
The author platform is how an author is currently reaching an audience of readers, or their plan for doing so.
An author must be VISIBLE and INVOLVED on the social networks to stand out among the masses.
So, a platform (the plan for visibility as a speaker, business owner, blogger, website owner, podcaster—as well as a presence on Twitter, Facebook, etc.–is what an author uses to prove that their books will sell.
Both Indie authors, as well as traditionally published authors, must show a willingness to put in time and effort into marketing themselves online.
So, when should an author establish their platform?
“Yesterday” is a great answer.
Since building a platform takes time, experts tell us authors need begin even before they have a book ready to publish.
Most people are on Facebook, so that may be a logical place to start.
Experts tell us that having one’s own website is ESSENTIAL—and there are quite a few that are free, including WordPress and Weebly.
After that, the sky is the limit.
Put in the time.
Reap the rewards.
Remember: Branding + Platform = Successful Marketing