Fiction Writers and Platform

hand with quillI’m blogging at Books & Such today. Here’s a snippet:

Every time I blog about platform or social media, the vocal response in the comments reminds me that it’s a difficult subject for many authors. Everyone wonders how and when to build a platform, and many writers aren’t enthusiastic about it.

There are two things I’m constantly stressing to authors:

(1) Building a platform is important.

(2) Mastering the craft of writing is crucial.

For unpublished fiction writers, these two things are not equal.

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Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


  1. Christina MacQuarrie on November 14, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    I am finding it so difficult to build my novels platform. My book is a creative fiction showing forgiveness, humour,love and friendship. I have written my book as a creative fiction as I find it easier to convey the intellectual advise in a way best received. I have done all the usual things such as: author blogging novel excerpts with character’s posts, Facebook page for antagonist, Twitter with #, commenting on blogs and so and so forth.This process is really exhausting and stealing time from my writing and editing.