So you have finally finished your precious manuscript, edited it, run over it with a fine-toothed comb, and put every fibre of your being into making it a masterpiece.But, no one will publish it. Why? Your novel is fascinating, your structure is sound, and your style is enhanced. What more do agents and publishers want?
Well, the buzzword lately in the world of publishing seems to be ‘platform’. The author platform.
Nearly all established authors have a platform. Most new writers have one. Even the publishing team themselves have them. So what can it do for you and why is it so important? Its important because its the way you can elevate yourself to get noticed in a busy world. It is a way of establishing yourself as a sort of authority in your niche area.
By promoting your work in a particular area you can gain some experience and get known out there by the people who may be interested in buying your work. This can mostly be done through online sources such as weblogs, websites, podcasts and creating Facebook and Twitter pages, but it can also be achieved through physical means such as speeches and training courses.
Here’s an example. A friend of mine is completing the first draft of her first novel and trying to have it looked at by an agent. However, no one is paying any attention to her as she has no prior experience, and has never before sold a best seller. She is a ‘risk’ to the publishing house.
She is taking it upon herself to be noticed in this noisy world.
She works as a nurse and the theme of her first novel revolves around mental illness. Therefore she has set herself up on a weblog which focuses on mental illness in order to reach out to a community who may be interested in her story. People who are showing enthusiasm about her subject are also expressing interest in purchasing her book when it is finished.
There are clients available to buy the book as soon as it is finish. This takes away a lot of the risk from the publisher, hence, this lady’s manuscript instantly becomes much more attractive to them! Publishers want to reduce the risk they take when signing up ‘nobodies’. So, if they know who you are, they like what they see, and they believe in you, you will instantly stand out from the crowd.
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Author: Ron WilsonThis author has published 11 articles so far.