Sharing a round up of the best of what's in my Google Reader:
Agent Rachelle Gardner has a series of posts (re-posts) on Platform. Here they are in order they were posted:
Alan Rinzler has a helpful article in his blog, The Book Deal, called "Build Your Author Platform, 10 Tips from a Pro.
Hang on a sec! Platforms aren't important? I don't think so, Michael Hyatt. His blog post won't have a negative impact on a superstar, brand-name author. But certainly hurts a writer like this one, who is happy to have one less list of items to add to her to-do list.
Barbara Mountjoy talks about how writers need to be Thinking Outside the Traditional Writer's Box in these evolving times. I couldn't agree more and I'm always trying new things. Most recently I visited 31 blogs in 31 days to promote the two-year anniversary of my first book, Writer Mama. View the complete blog tour list here.
Robin Mizell is way too kind to me.
I try new things using online tools but I also try to keep a sense of humor about new things I try...like when I saw this post from one of my book winners.
Thanks to former student and friend, Susan W. Clark, who said a lot of nice things about me in her blog, Writing for a Sustainable Future. Susan writes regularly for In Good Tilth magazine and is a co-founder of Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust.
Most of the ideas of the best ways to sell more books and build a platform in this survey by Mosquito Marketing Blog are covered in step-by-step depth in my book, Get Known Before the Book Deal. (Sound of me patting myself on the back.)
Have a great week balancing platform development with writing, selling, and professional development, writers! And don't forget to subscribe to Writer's Digest magazine so you won't miss the forthcoming 20-page section on standing out to agents and editors.