The One About Platforms and Trap Doors

Ah, the blog.

When I decided to become a writer, one of the inviolate rules I was told was that I would have to build an autho10341448_10152437260516419_8746729115930604592_nr platform. Absolutely inviolate was this rule. I must, must, MUST have this, or else I was doomed to abject failure.

And what’s a platform? Well, in the days of traditional publishing, this was done by the publishing house. This is the media advertising – the excerpts, the promotional packages, the advertising, etc. Now, for a new author like myself working to be picked up by an agent or publishing house, who is self publishing at this time, it means sending out the press releases, creating all the social media content, etc.

The question invariably comes up – how do you populate that material? There are so many platforms to feed, you can quickly end up spending so much time tending the machine that you aren’t creating any new content. And the other question is how much or little to include. But, if you don’t include any new material, it will seem like a trap door opened on your platform, and you as the author disappeared through it.

I fell through just such a trap door over the past four months.

A lot has happened in that time. The second novel in the Triangle series has completed its third draft and is being proofread as I write this. The online web series The Possible Missions has posted the first and second parts of its first project. And a lot of fun opportunities seem to be happening. I’ll share them with you.

Blog posts won’t be on a fixed schedule. But they won’t be any more than a week apart. Less than that if possible.

I welcome your comments, as always. And thank you for being patient.

About D. G. Speirs

D.G. Speirs is a storyteller, novelist and voice actor living in central Florida. He keeps searching for better stories to tell, even if he has to make them up himself. His latest novel, TRIANGLE: WILDCARD, is now available on Amazon.com.
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