I read this article at The Creative Penn today: Write Lots Of Books Or Build An Author Platform. Which Is More Effective?
The post and the comments set me buzzing again on what has been my predominant thought for the past few weeks ever since I published A to Z Stories of Life and Death. I’ve been spending more time than before on Twitter, Triberr and my blogs as a direct result of this book, simply because I met so many new people through this book. And since I wanted to experiment in e-book publication, I decided to put in some effort in terms of spreading the word, in order to learn the most from the experience.
But though I’m enjoying meeting more people and participating in the writing community, my primary love and passion remains writing. I’m writing now not just for further stories I mean to e-publish, but also for stories and a novel for which I hope to find a traditional publishing home.
My view is this: I can’t be writing 12 hours a day…simply because I’m not that kind of writer. I can write for 3-4 hours on something new, 2 hours on revisions. This leaves me a few hours to read, to live, and yes, to blog or tweet. I can understand how the social media thing can go out of hand, but I see no harm in putting in a few (1 or 2) in meeting other writers, and hopefully, some readers.
Platform-building happens to me almost as a corollary…I enjoy doing it, so I meet and chat with writerly/readerly folks online. And I focus on blog posts like this one, from those who know what they’re doing: So What’s an Author To Do?
If you’re a writer, how much time do you put in to writing vs platform-building?
If you’re a reader, do you reach for a book because you’ve heard of him/her online, or because you like the blurb/ excerpt?
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