- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 11.11.2012 edition (November 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599635755
- ISBN-13: 978-1599635750
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Chuck Sambuchino is an editor for Writer's Digest Books and edits the Guide to Literary Agents. He is the author of books such as Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript, 3rd Edition, and How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack.
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This is the essential message of Chuck Sambuchino's book. And he makes a very persuasive case. Sambuchino contends that platform is not about blatant self-promotion but rather is all about building relationships one plank at a time. He argues that only by becoming a major electronic extrovert and putting yourself "out there" can an author hope to have any success irregardless of the quality of the book she has written. Apparently a website, a blog with a large readership, an e-newsletter and a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, etc. are the minimum requirements for the modern writer.
I found the last section of the book, which includes a series of in-depth interviews with writers of various genres who have succeeded in building huge platforms to be be extremely helpful. Almost all of the interviewees, however, warn of the dangers of a writer spending too much time platform building and not enough time actually. . . writing. Sambuchino also argues that this trend is not going away anytime soon and points out that even prospective agents and editors now routinely google writers to check the size of their platform. Love it or hate it, this is the way of the world and Sambuchino's book offers a wealth of excellent advice as to how a writer can not only survive in this brave new world but actually thrive by platform building and social media smoozing.
I consider my blog my home. Facebook, Twitter and Google plus are the highways I take when I want to share goodies of knowledge and to visit friends.
Of course, I am a writer. I have a book ready for publication. If there are any agents or publishers out there who want to look at my book, I’ll be happy to send it along.
But Sambuchino’s book will work for non writers too. Perhaps you want to learn about new websites and new authors. Perhaps you want to learn how to better use your Facebook and Twitter pages.
It’s a good read. You’ll have lots of fun as you travel through the pages.
If so, than ‘Create Your Writer Platform’ is a book you’ll enjoy. Chuck Sambuchino narrows it down to twelve simple fundamentals of platform building that are achievable.
What’s great about ‘Create Your Writer Platform’ is that not only does he supply the opinions and input of agents, but he also gives the success stories of current authors at the end of the book. This is very valuable information for aspiring, new and established writers.
This book is very realistic and the points of view are upfront and forthcoming; there’s no fluff in there.
The examples given in ‘Create Your Writer Platform’ apply to both fiction and non-fiction writers and authors who have a book deal. The only thing I wish there was more of in this book is advice for self-published authors without a book deal. Despite that, the information given still applies, since it is about platform creation and not about striving to obtain agents and/or publishers.
After reading this book I feel more inspired and have more ideas in mind to help boost my platform. I do not feel overwhelmed and above all I feel like I’m headed in the right direction with all the actions I’ve taken in my writing career.
Well done Chuck Sambuchino! I look forward to reading more of your helpful advice, and maybe someday I’ll have the opportunity to meet you at one of your speaking engagements!
All the authors that offered their success stories were very helpful, but I for one found Sarah Pekkanen‘s story to be the most helpful. She also has a wonderful website that you should check out.