From Writer’s Digest–Day 31 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Leave a Comment (on the Writer’s Digest blog)

This was mine: “Hmm. Well, I’d say I have a slightly better handle on the author platform thing. I’m still a long way away from feeling like I’m any good at it. I definitely got some good notions from this, though. Setting a calendar/plan for each month with tasks for daily platform development is good is probably one of the biggest helps–that and just having the push to do it! I’m not a big fan of social media for a couple of reasons (everybody is trying to sell something all the time!), including how much time it takes away from real life if people let it get away from them. I think having this plan with a few simple tasks helps, though, to let me avoid getting sucked in while still making some movement on this.  Anyhow, them’s my thoughts! 😉 Thanks for the challenge!”

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From Writer’s Digest–Day 30 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Step Away for Your Writing

I can do that.

Gone Writing

Gone Writing

P.S. I’m out of town and probably won’t be online.  So, I’ll do the Day 31 challenge when I get back, maybe Monday or Tuesday.

From Writer’s Digest–Day 28 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Join Goodreads

And…already done.  A friend asked me at some point last year why she’d never seen me on Goodreads, so I joined.  I built my page there, and added my novel as well as the other books and scripts under my legal name.  I have not yet explored this social platform.  The guy on the Writer’s Digest blog didn’t have any tips, but he linked to another writer’s tips, so I’ll read that and see if there’s anything I can do this morning before work.  Otherwise, I may add some tasks to my calendar for November.  We’ll see!

Goodreads Logo

Goodreads Logo

From Writer’s Digest–Day 27 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Get Social

Well, this I can do!  I’ll get on the NaNoWriMo Chicago page and make a few comments.  People always have fun and interesting or useful things to say there, and often I can find a topic to engage in otherwise as well.  I haven’t been that active on there, but this year I’ve already been trying to engage a little more.  I think I’ll also pop and twitter and retweet a few things…  I’ll even try to connect with some of the new followers on this blog.  Thanks, guys!

How do you get social for your author platform?

Get Social (by stockimages)

Get Social (by stockimages)

From Writer’s Digest–Day 26 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Make a Task List

Ooh, continuing on in the challenge past the month!  I get to create a list for the month of November, with tasks for platform building to continue.  Then, in there, include a day to create the plan for December…  I’m creating this in calendar form and putting here.

Author Platform Calendar November 2015

Author Platform Calendar November 2015

From Writer’s Digest–Day 25 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Pitch a Guest Post for Another Blog

Well, I gotta put this off until December as well.  Kind of bummed to now have a fourth that I’m postponing, but I’d rather post-pone than not do them at all.  And I think this will be a good one to do a few times when I make the time for it.  Today, however, I need to focus on editing.

Pitch (by vectorolie)

Pitch (by vectorolie)

From Writer’s Digest–Day 24 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Write a Blog Post

Easy enough.  And done!

Okay, okay.  I’ll aim for something a bit more significant than that.  In a separate post.  I’ll craft it, tweak using the SEO tips from yesterday, add proper tags and categories, a picture that relates…all those things that I’m supposed to do to get this blog seen when people search for writing blogs.

Blogging Tools (by Stuart Miles)

Blogging Tools (by Stuart Miles)