Should Unpublished Novelists Be Platform-Building?
A couple of weeks ago I blogged about My Love/Hate Relationship with Social Media, and the vocal response in the comments confirmed that many of you feel the same way. Some of us love it, some of us hate it, most of us are just trying to keep up. We all recognize the potential hazards of social media—mainly, the TIME it takes. The question we each have to answer is: How can we use social networking to the extent that it’s positive and helpful, but no more?
There are two things I’m constantly stressing on this blog:
(1) Building a platform using social networking is important.
(2) Mastering the craft of writing is crucial.
But for some of you, the two are not equal.
Unpublished fiction authors—this is for you!
Your writing should be first priority. Spend most of your discretionary time writing and becoming a better writer. Read high quality fiction, read books on craft, get feedback from critique partners, edit and rewrite… but mostly write, write, write.
Don’t spend to much time trying to build platform yet. Get a head start, yes. Read Michael Hyatt’s Platform if you want. Do some blogging and social networking for fun and leisure, and so that you’ll know how it works. But I recommend a 90/10 ratio. Spend 90% writing, 10% on platform building.
Things change when you’re about to get published. And things are different if you’re a NON-fiction writer.
But if you’re an unpublished novelist, your writing is top priority. If that’s not working, all the rest will be irrelevant anyway.
So get off this blog and get back to work!
Whether you’re published or not, writing fiction or non-fiction… how do you divide your writing-related time? Percentage-wise… how much writing time versus how much social networking?