It's always refreshing for me when fiction writers are willing to consider the possibility that platform development is just as important to their literary success as it is to writers in every other genre. But the reality is that there is a ton of resistance to this idea out there in the world of writers.
So often, what I get in response to my suggestion that platform IS quite important to ALL writers isn't, "Hey, thanks for providing this information." It's "Shoot the messenger!" instead.
So I'd like to take this opportunity to say, I did not create the reality, I just report on it, and try to make helpful, constructive suggestions as to how to address it. I am a writer. And we are all on the same team no matter what genre we write in. (This could be a longer post about the biases that non-nonfiction writers often have and display towards nonfiction writers, but I'll save that for another post.)
Because I'd like to personally thank Jina Oravetz for her thoughtful Amazon review of Get Known.
She is a fiction writer who gets it.
She'll help you get it.
And she won't take shots at me in the process, which is always nice too.
Here's her review:
I'm a fiction writer so I originally thought, oh, platforms. I don't need one of those. Ah, I was wrong. And Christina Katz does a brilliant job of explaining why. Just a few of the great points she makes are:
- Fiction and non fiction writers need a platform
- You do not need to spend a fortune to work on building a platform
- The Internet is not the end all be all of platform building--you do need to spend time with actual real people.
Thank you, Jina. I could just KISS you! But don't worry I won't. I wrote this post instead. :)