- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (November 17, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158297554X
- ISBN-13: 978-1582975542
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Get Known Before The Book Deal: Use Your Personal Strengths To Grow An Author Platform
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About the Author
Christina Katz is the author of Writer Mama. She started her platform "for fun" seven years ago and ended up on Good Morning America. She has been encouraging reluctant platform-builders via her e-zine Writers on the Rise and has been covering the topic for the past two years. She recently launched the e-course, Platform Building Basics for Writers, and writes a monthly column on platform development for The Willamette Writer.
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Top customer reviews
As a pre-debut writer of women's fiction, I've spent a lot of time surfing around the web trying to learn everything I can about writing and platforming. I have two blogs, I interact with numerous social netting sites, and I participate in several writing associations. Not only do I think I might just be spinning my wheels, but it's becoming increasingly hard to find time to actually write. It would be an understatement to say that I am overwhelmed.
Luckily, I found out about Christina Katz and her helpful book, "Get Known Before the Book Deal." Lots of experts say that we should establish a platform for our writing before our first book is sold, but this book actually tells you what you can do and why. GKBTBD is full of ideas for establishing the essential platform for your writing, whether fiction or nonfiction.
For example, Katz has a whole chapter on how to identify your target market early in the process. Contrary to what you might think, this actually makes platforming easier because you know who you're writing for. I also learned some handy ways to find out what my target audience is interested in, and what they're going to be obsessing over in the future. I love doing research and learning new things, so the websites Katz recommended are brain candy and will contribute to a deeper, richer experience for me and my future readers.
I learned that platforming can be fun - I can't wait to implement some of Katz's creative ideas to enhance my two blogs (which I now realize I should merge into one and focus better!) And I learned that I don't have to be everywhere at once, doing everything yesterday.
Reading "Get Known Before the Book Deal" is as helpful to your writing as eating right, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly - only it's a lot more fun and you'll see results sooner. I recommend it.
However, this is not the author's fault, but completely mine.
If you are looking for ways to develop your whole platform, and not just the online platform, this is a great book. Christina provides numerous practical suggestions for ways you get your name known, get in print, develop a following, and gain some raving fans before you ever send in a manuscript proposal.
Many of her suggestions will take a lot of time and effort, and many years to see fruition, but for the person who wants to get published, it takes a lot of hard work and effort.
I will certainly be keeping this book, and as I get time to develop my real-world platform, will make sure I follow some of the suggestions.