Saturday, December 29, 2012

Book Review: Create Your Writer Platform

Guest Post by Dean K. Miller

It's one of the biggest buzz words in publishing today: Platform. Nearly every agent, editor and publisher says having a platform established prior to pitching your novel dramatically increases your chances of success. So how do you get one, especially if you are unsure of what defines a writer's platform?

Chuck Sambuchino's latest book; Create Your Writer Platform: The Key to Building an Audience, Selling More Books, and Finding Success as an Author demystifies the writer’s platform. Using his experience as an established author and editor of Guide to Literary Agents as well as Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market, Mr. Sambuchino's book lays out the "why for's" and the "how to's" in an easy to understand fashion.

Covering both Nonfiction, (where platform seems mandatory) and fiction/memoir genres, this book explains what a platform is, identifies 12 fundamental principles of an author's platform, detailing each in plain, common sense English. Following this section are chapters on author websites, social media, finding your niche, blogs, public speaking and more, which all build a writer's platform.

The book concludes with 12 case studies in which authors from all genres detail their take on the need for platform, how they have built and maintained their own platforms and what they consider important for future authors in developing their own. With the help of this book, I’ve moved past confusion and bewilderment about a writer’s platform. Now I can begin construction of my own platform, one hopefully strong enough to hold me up. I've got lots of work to do, but having this book as a reference will certainly ease my journey. 

Create Your Writer Platform is a must have for any writer/author who desires to move forward with their publishing efforts, and career, in 2013 and beyond.
Dean K Miller is a freelance writer and member of Northern Colorado Writers. His work has appeared in TROUT Magazine, Torrid Literature Journal IV: The D.N.A. of the Poet and online. Employed as an air traffic controller, Dean volunteers for PHWFF, enjoys family and fly fishing. Learn more at:


Patricia Stoltey said...

Nice review, Dean -- I have a lot of respect for Chuck's advice and for his Guide to Literary Agents blog. I'll add this book to my TBR list.

Dean K Miller said...

Pat: This was a gem for me to receive. Established authors may not get as much out of it, but for many it should be a good resource.

Thanks for stopping by.

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