Friday, June 29, 2012

The WINNER of the book, Platform, Get Noticed in a Noisy World, is Mary Potter Kenyon. Congrats, Mary. Thanks to all who participated.










PLATFORM:
Do you have one?

Are you working to build one?




A buzzword around the publishing world is platform. This has become a must for authors and future authors. One of the best resources I have found is the book by the same title:


Platform, Get Noticed in a Noisy World

by Michael Hyatt



Hyatt will be the keynoter in September at the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference in Dallas.

I am giving away a copy of the book beginning today through next Friday, July 6 at midnight.

Please leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.




 









Friday, June 22, 2012

I Miss the Daily Walks



            I know we are told to not write about ourselves, but for our reader. But, today I am going to write a short update about my physical condition that some of you have been asking about.

            Many of you who attended the Write-to-Publish Conference this year (May 30-June 2) saw me hobbling around with a cane. I thought maybe I had possibly pulled a muscle, and it would eventually work itself out. But, I am not so fortunate. I still have my cane because after an MRI, I found out that I have some disk degeneration in my lower back. It isn’t so bad when I sit at my computer (which every writer should be glad about), but when I walk it is very painful, thus the cane. I also have trouble sleeping at night.

            What is ahead I don’t completely know. Visiting a pain relief center will be soon, but the future has yet to be determined. Until I know, I will be writing and blogging. The one thing I miss is my daily walk where I formed the ideas for my articles, blogs and devotionals.
             If you think of me, I would appreciate a prayer.




Friday, June 15, 2012


PLATFORM

Scary & Overwhelming 

          I welcome all new subscribers who signed up at the Write-to-PublishConference. A word we heard many times at the conference was platform, which is the topic of our discussion today.
          If I were to define platform for a writer, I would say it is your experience or education that gives you credibility and how you reach or connect with your readers.
          Michael Hyatt, in his book, Platform, Get Noticed in a Noisy World, he defines platform as the thing you stand on to get heard. He says today’s platform is built of people, contacts, connections and followers.
          When I think about platform, I know it is necessary, but two things come to mind for me. It is scary and I can feel overwhelmed.

SCARY
          Yes, it is scary. I think it is scary for many writers and I think one of the reasons is that most writers are introverts. I know I am. I get energized when I spend time alone and being with people fatigues me. To approach people and develop relationships, in person or online, I get an initial hesitant feeling.
But, I have tried to do other jobs and I always come back to being a writer. That is when I have to realize that there are things about our first loved profession that may be difficult, but that is when we grow as a person and a writer.

OVERWHELMING
          I don’t consider myself a technical person, so whenever I explore a new area of social media, I feel there are so many things to learn. Many of us try to do too much at one time. We look at our colleagues and feel if they are a part of something, we need to be, also. And, maybe we do, but maybe not now. We can only learn one thing well, when we slow down and try to understand it. The time will come for the next thing and then the next.

How about you? Do you find building a platform at times scary or overwhelming?

  

           


















Friday, June 8, 2012

Rest


He gives strength to the weary and increases the
power of the weak.
Isaiah 40:29



            Last week I attended the Write-to-Publish Christian Writer’s Conference in Wheaton, Illinois, and was thinking about all the subjects I would like to blog about to encourage others to write or blog. But, today I hit a wall and realize I need to take a deep breath.

            I experienced four intensive days of classes, meeting new writers, hearing about new markets, and inventive ways to connect with readers. Once home, I began connecting online with those I had met. Even though the conference was wonderful and one of the best I have attended, I feel weary.

I will take the advice of many of last week’s speakers who told us to take a little break after we return home. I will not take a long one, but a day or two.

Next Friday we will chat about platform and in a couple of weeks I will give away a copy of Michael Hyatt's new book, Platform, Get Noticed in a Noisy World.





Monday, June 4, 2012

Write-to-Publish 2012 is in the History Books

With a scrumptious meal and an inspiring talk by Eva Marie Everson, the Saturday night banquet concluded the 39th annual Write-to-Publish Conference. Four days were filled with classes, one-on-one appointments between conferees and editors, panels of book and magazine editors, and many writers encouraging each other with prayer and hugs. There is nothing quite like a writer's conference and especially one centered around God's love.

I personally received encouragement from writers, both experienced and those attending their first conference.

Here are a few photos, mostly from the concluding banquet.