Lately, I've noticed that some authors seem to be offended by my new book, Get Known. Apparently, they think that I because I'm stressing the importance of platform development that I am suggesting that the quality of writing no longer matters. However, I don't recall saying this.
This is not the first time I've experienced backlash, there was some immediate and delayed backlash to my first book, Writer Mama. (ie. I shouldn't be allowed to be a mother, I should get a plant instead of a child...really kind stuff like that).
Just to clear the air, I never said that quality of writing doesn't matter. In fact, I would say to all writers, if your work is not imminently readable, then back to the writing board because nothing less will do. And I'm pretty sure that I said this repeatedly in the book.
Since there are hundreds of books on the craft of writing, I thought I'd write a book on a topic that had not already been thoroughly covered. Not a book intended to replace books on craft, but a book intended to supplement every writer's reference shelf. A book to fill a gap on the bookshelves. So writers could stop spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on info-products full of "insider information." A book to demystify platform and break it down into do-able steps.
I think I wrote the book I intended to write. A really helpful book that offers ample choices and helpful ideas to writers. Continuing my defense, I publish what I think is a wonderful e-zine, Writers on the Rise, that very thoroughly covers the topic of craft through the experience and advice of seven esteemed writers.
So just to clear the air, Get Known is no way an accusation against any currently published author implying that their writing stinks and they only got the deal because of their platform.
As a teacher, I continue to witness that not enough has been done to assist aspiring authors with selling their words and promoting their platforms, so that's how I'll continue to focus on in my work...while I too continue to work on my craft.
I hope that clears things up.