Building an Author Platform
You must present a strong author platform to get the attention from an agent, editor, or publisher. In the query letter, they are wanting to read who you are, where you're established in the writing world, and what you're planning to do to market and promote yourself and books.
So how do we have our query stay out of 'the slush pile'?
One way, to have an agent, editor or publisher give your letter a second glance, is to provide a strong author platform stating evidence of past publication. This may even be enough for them request a partial or full submission.
I want to share with you my recent experience: I decided to submit one of my blog posts to Ezine Articles. No, I wasn't looking for cash payment. I was looking to build credits-raise my author platform.
To my surprise, my article, "Turning Nightmares Into Pleasant Dreams", was immediately accepted and published...click HERE to read the article.
I also earned Expert Author status...click HERE to check it out. Well now, doesn't that title sound pretty impressive in a query letter?
As an added bonus, I had been given notice that this article would appear on their high-traffic home page...click HERE to view more. Bonus! So now I've got exposure.
Building an author platform is similar to keeping past positive references from previous employees. You can *conquer all obstacles* by just submitting an article or post from your blog. It is a simple and painless way to build credits and show the experts just exactly who you are...a fabulous writer.
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