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The Building Blocks of a Good Writer's Platform

Updated on August 8, 2014

Starting with a Game Plan

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.

Confucius

I have shared this before but it is worth repeating, so if you’ve heard it before, my apologies.

When I started as a professional writer three years ago, I read an article that discussed platforms and plans. The abridged version went something like this: writing is a long and difficult journey, and a writer needs to have a long-range plan. In order to succeed, one needs to incorporate, in that plan, the basic building blocks of a writer’s platform.

That made sense to me because I thrive on organization. I love to write down reminder notes, and I am good at scheduling….and I’m probably a bit anal…so this sounded like something I could do.

The article continued by telling me that a writer’s platform is my visibility as a writer. It is my body of work, but it is also my personal ability to sell articles or books. It is who I am as a writer, my connections, my work, and my reputation.

I wanted to know more, and I was not disappointed. The article went on to tell me the key aspects of a good writer’s platform, and I have tried to stay true to that article for the past three years. Now I’m going to share it with you as well, plus toss in a couple observations that I believe are important.

Are you ready? Then let’s begin building your platform.

Build your writing platform a step at a time
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A BLOG

Let’s amend this and say a blog or website.

A blog establishes in the minds of readers, agents, editors, and publishers, that you are a player with serious game. I’m sorry if you don’t like technology. I’m sorry if you’re stuck in the past and would love a world without computers. The simple fact is that if you do not have an online presence, you are like a caveman walking around Manhattan.

A NEWSLETTER

You may or may not do this, but it is suggested. Newsletters are a lot of work, but they will, eventually, garner a following, and a following is what writers want and need. One of the newsletters I follow faithfully is written by author Hope Clark, and it is called “Funds for Writers.” Check it out and you’ll see how effective this building block can be.

ARTICLE AND COLUMN WRITING FOR THE MEDIA

You will not get a sniff from the big boys, so start small. Forget about sending query letters to Time Magazine. Send query letters to Time Out Magazine in Skokie, Illinois, and then work your way up the food chain. Forget about writing for the New York Times and instead consider writing for the New York Underground Messenger. Once you get that first byline then you can try biting off a bigger chunk.

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CONTRIBUTIONS TO OTHER WEBSITES AND BLOGS

It’s all about visibility my friends, so any old time you find an author offering their site to you, take that offer. You want your name circulated as often as possible. Writing for other websites and blogs will do that for you and, my God, it’s free! Who can say no to free advertising?

A STRONG RECORD OF PAST BOOK SALES

If you don’t write books then skip this. If you do write books, a past record of strong readership will impress the hell out of an agent or publisher. There is a rumor floating around that agents and publishers are not impressed with ebook sales. Not so! If you are consistently selling tens of thousands of ebooks, believe me, they will pay attention.

NETWORKING

We aren’t talking about any old networking. We are, instead, talking about networking with serious players in this writing game. If your goal is to advance in writing, then you need to rub shoulders with those who have already advanced.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

I know….I know….most writers not only don’t want to be seen, but the idea of public speaking is like asking them to sell their firstborn.

There are many opportunities for public speaking in your community. Rotary Clubs, local writing clubs….begin small and again, work your way up the ladder.

SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

Twitter, Facebook, and a whole lot of “friends”…..distasteful at times….annoying at times….seems like busywork at times….seems disingenuous at times…but in the year 2014, it is totally necessary.

Believe me, agents, editors and publishers pay attention to this stuff, so you should as well.

MEMBERSHIP IN WRITING ORGANIZATIONS

There are many benefits awaiting you in writing organizations. You will make contacts within the writing community. You will receive invaluable information about writing. You will find ways to advance your career….and….you will give the appearance that you really are serious about writing….that you are a professional. Check out the link to the right if you are interested in giving it a try.

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MEDIA APPEARANCES

Television, radio, newspapers, online publications, they are all there for you to take advantage of. Sure it requires some effort on your part, but just think of the number of people (potential readers) you will reach with each appearance.

PERSONAL CONTACTS IN THE BUSINESS

What is the best form of advertising? In my opinion, it is word of mouth. I read somewhere that my goal should be to have one-hundred die­-hard followers who will follow me into the gates of hell, because those followers will each tell ten more, and now my reputation has some serious legs.

Get out and meet people. Tell them you are a writer. Let them get to know you as a person, as a real human being. Writing is a very personal art form. A relationship is formed between the writer and the reader, and you can form that relationship before anyone even reads your work….by getting out there and making contacts.

IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS

Now those first eleven were nice, and there is no doubt they are helpful, but…..

If you are serious about being a successful writer, then don’t forget to improve your writing skills.

Here is the worst case scenario I can think of: you work hard at all eleven aforementioned building blocks. You put months and years building your platform…only to find out you really can’t write.

Are there examples of poor writers being successful? Yes, there have been some one-hit wonders who had a great idea that sold, even though their writing skills left much to be desires….but….and again with the but….long-term success will only happen if you have writing skill.

Writing is an art form. Treat it like one, and become the best writer you can be. All the other tips mentioned above are just smoke and mirrors compared to the nitty gritty of being a good writer.

I Hope That Was Helpful

I’m just finishing up my third year of a five-year plan. I’m right on schedule. If it takes 10,000 hours to become great at a craft, then my 7,000 hours puts me, again, right on schedule.

How about you? How does your platform look? Does it only have two legs to stand on? Three? All four? Is the foundation mixed properly and poured with care? Are you using quality materials to build with?

I wish you well. I want you to find success. I want you to….spread your wings and fly.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      My radio is currently playing "Standing On Shaky Ground"... and I am being attacked with kiss licks from a little black furry demon named 'Andy Jordan'.

      I am grounded and inspired by your platform. I am filled with inspiration and ideas again thanks to my boy. This is a keeper reference article and I thank you.

      Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, you said a mouthful here and just can't thank you for sharing this with all. I will say I definitely couldn't agree more and you said it all here about how to build one's platform as a writer. I know though you definitely do know and anyone who reads your article will definitely get some great solid advice if they are indeed a writer and want to build their portfolio and ground in this field. Again huge thank you and ishing you a great weekend ahead now!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, my mind is working overtime with that image of kiss licks from a black, furry demon. LOL Too funny.

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend, and thank you.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, thank you for the kind words. I learn the hard way, then write about it so others have it easier. Seems like a good deal to me.

      Happy Friday my friend...the last days of summer are upon us.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, there are many top bloggers who pay for guest posts. Here's a link to get the readers started: http://www.makealivingwriting.com/150-websites-blo...

      Also, I've recently discovered that Twitter and Google+ are the social media most clients look at. The more followers, the better. Writers who guest post or write elsewhere and have a byline to their credit are urged to add the links in the Contributor To area of their Google+ profile. It's also recommended to include a brief bio to any quest posts, including a link to your website AND Google+ profile. This helps Google find and rank the writer. When writing a bio and having a byline, use the name as it appears in your Google+ profile. This practice will also help build your online presence. When a potential client Googles you, you'll show up all over the place if you follow these tips. Even in HP hubs, add your full name either at the beginning or end of the article as it appears on your Google+ profile.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, there are many top bloggers who pay for guest posts. Here's a link to get the readers started: http://www.makealivingwriting.com/150-websites-blo...

      Also, I've recently discovered that Twitter and Google+ are the social media most clients look at. The more followers, the better. Writers who guest post or write elsewhere and have a byline to their credit are urged to add the links in the Contributor To area of their Google+ profile. It's also recommended to include a brief bio to any quest posts, including a link to your website AND Google+ profile. This helps Google find and rank the writer. When writing a bio and having a byline, use the name as it appears in your Google+ profile. This practice will also help build your online presence. When a potential client Googles you, you'll show up all over the place if you follow these tips. Even in HP hubs, add your full name either at the beginning or end of the article as it appears on your Google+ profile.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I can always count on your to cover those things I missed. Thanks for all the information my friend, and Happy Friday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and thanks once again, Sha.

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      Karen Ray 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I enjoyed your informative hub & saved it in my favorites for future reference. I've been writing for some time, but it still has info I need reminding of occasionally.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      You're welcome, Bill. Since the online world is ever evolving, I think it only fair to pass on what I learn.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Billybuc for another uplifting article. Having a plan is very important otherwise you have no goal to work toward. So for me this just solidified the need to have a firm plan because I do have a goal. I will surely reference this as I go along building my own brand.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Karen. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Sha!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mdscoggins, glad this helped you. Have a great weekend.

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      I used to have a FB account but editing it was a headache if you'd made a cock-up (as you do). Twittering is a good test of literary skill, writing a 'precis' of a 380 page book in 117 characters (I include a picture/pictures as well = 23 characters) is an art form on its own.

      You're right about building an online presence to market your talents/products. Not only a web site but a sub-domain on Hub pages and a presence on My Book Buzz might help market your talents and products; around 72,000 visits on Hub-pages and 4,500 visits on my historical site bears witness to 'window-dressing'. Add to that a profile on LinkedIn with its associated author groups - give it a go, lads'n'lasses!

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      Alan 2 years ago from West Georgia

      Great work as usual, and great information for other writers. It is inspiring to see someone in the midst of working on a successful plan.

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      The thing is, if you were a caveman walking around Manhattan you'd probably get loads of attention. I say this only because I live on the other end of the country so you can't punch me in the face. Seriously though, this advice is always helpful and bears repeating.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alan. I have been tossing around the sub-domain idea on HP for quite some time now. It might be time for me to do that. If you suggested it, then it must be right. :) Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you mgeorge....long hours, tons of work, but it does pay off.

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      Joshua Nyamache 2 years ago from Kenya

      Thanks for writing this hub; I have learned something from it. Having a blog is very important. Actually, I don’t know how some writers are work without having a blog. You said it better; “The simple fact is that if you do not have an online presence, you are like a caveman walking around Manhattan.”

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      I only learned to post pictures and now you want me to BLOG?!! It never ends with you, does it??

      A Newsletter? I could tell them I am like a fish out of water. That I

      really don't have a clue. But, they would already know that as soon as I open my mouth.

      TV Appearances, Public Speaking? That boat sailed a couple of decades ago.

      Personal Contacts? There is a reason that there is no picture or profile.

      Shhhh.....I'm in the Federal Witness Relocation Program.

      Social Media Networking? Bill, I think that is against the law in most states. You might want to re-check your sources.

      Other than the aforementioned suggestions, this is an outstanding article, which I will have to look up sometime next year. (Given my year and a half learning curve.)

      Thank you and have a wonderful weekend. :-)

      DJ.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love your suggestions, Bill. As usual, your hub contains a lot of useful information.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Yes, very helpful Bill. Thank for your patient, powerful, unselfish coaching. We appreciate you.

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      Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

      You have proven once again that I need to get busy - I am writing more. I know you've noticed. But I've also tried to improve the quality of my writing. The formats on hubpages have helped. Thanks for this, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A gentle slap, maybe, but never a punch, Lizzy. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nyamache....I don't particularly like doing the online work, but it is necessary. Even an old caveman like me can recognize that fact.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, my dear friend...what am I going to do with you? Thank God you are around to provide humor during my day. :)

      Have a great weekend and don't forget to get busy on that blog.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Alicia. I love helping other writers.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and I appreciate you, Dora. Thank you and happy weekend to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I have noticed, and your writing is sound and improved. Keep it up...the hard work shows.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, I'm afraid my platform is wobbling dangerously at the moment, but as always, your words of wisdom hits home. You are at your inspirational best. I hope you're settling down to a lovely weekend, best wishes.

      Nice work!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      This hub makes for a great checklist Bill! Helpful for all of us to see what we have in place and what we don't

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I am just about to stop writing and go work on a new rabbit hutch. I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey! It's always nice to see your smiling face. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      I always find something useful when I stop by here. I needed to read this today about blogs, which is my current project. Thanks and voted up.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Apparently, I have a lot of work to do. Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      great hub billy, thanks for your follow bro

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Great checklist, for sure. I thought I had a handle on "platforms" but you remind me of I couple I have not tried, effectively. I've planned to do a newsletter, several times, but was uncertain if I was ready to make the commitment. Thanks, again, for this great hub! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad I could help, Rachael. Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, breakfastpop, you have the writing thing down. Now it's on to the next step. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Clive, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, take your time and work in your comfort level...then move on to the next. Just don't stay too comfortable. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Eventhough i am not a writer of books, i learn something new each time i read your hub. Each time i write a piece i feel that i'm building and spreading my wings a little farther in the field of poetry and stories. Thank you again for all you do to help all writers..

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Another great hub every author should read. I spent as much time, or more so,working at my author's platform then working at my novels. Writing articles and communicating with other writers on Facebook, linkedin, google+ and several networks. Then there is my own website and several blogs that I need to keep updating. I also have a monthly radio interview on controversial topics for which I'm known for. I seem to work harder and harder at it. We stopped with our newsletters. It was just to much work and we saw that only 3% read them. We do have a online newspaper running. Easy, it keeps updating all our blog posts and twitter actions automatically. Have a great weekend. We are off to a trade show tomorrow with many of our books.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I needed that thank you!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      This reminds me of the truth that we need to build our house on a solid foundation (rock) and not shifting sand, and as writers that foundation (or solid rock) is great writing, so that those building blocks do not come tumbling down.

      Thank you for sharing in your knowledge.

      Blessings for a lovely weekend ahead.

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      WritingInRichmond 2 years ago

      As a relatively new writer, you have given me a tremendous amount of information, insight into the wisdom of building a platform, and motivation. I plan to use your work as a road map to build my platform. Thank you for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      WritinginRichmond, welcome to HubPages, and I'm glad you found this helpful. Best wishes!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      You are loaded with information to help any writer want to be... succeed or at least guide them.. I use to subscribe to Writer's Digest.. and the writer.. but now I have you... :)

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You always share such helpful information and for any online writer.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      You always write well, bill, but this is a perfect circle of prose.

      Funny, I was thinking this morning about approaching the local rag to see if they're interested in me tackling a few local stories.

      I must get the latest Writers' and Artists' Yearbook too.

      I'm sharing this in the vain hope that some hubbers will read it and take note! Of course, many who write well will enjoy reading it too.

      Brilliant!

      Ann

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting and shared with followers. I suggest one more tip -- finish your projects. Yes, most writers, like me, have desk and file drawers and document boxes full of works in progress, of unfinished novels, stories, essays, and articles, but, unlike me, successful writers once in a while (or in your case, Bill, daily) actually finish a writing project and send it out into the world to seek its fortune. I've been writing on Bubblews because even a chronic procrastinator like me can manage to finish posts less than a page long, but to have a platform I need a more substantial portfolio and to have a portfolio I need more publications (print or online) and to have publications I need to finish and submit my works in progress -- a couple of novels, a number of short stories, a variety of hubs, my website, etc. Would somebody please volunteer to be my writing life supervisor and send me You Have To Finish Work That's Way Overdue; Get Something Done! notices?

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      Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Bill,

      "I read somewhere that my goal should be to have one-hundred die­-hard followers who will follow me into the gates of hell."

      Count me as one of your hundred die-hard followers!

      You are an inspiration and so very talented plus you are very generous in sharing the knowledge you have with other writers.

      I follow some of this advice including being signed up for Hope Clark's Funds for Writers Newsletter.

      I also just joined a local writer's guild.

      Thanks for sharing your tips and I hope "Resurrecting Tobias" garners literary attention from agents and publishers.

      Hugs,

      Gail

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for always giving us writers great advice, Bill!

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      I always thought writing was going to be an easy option. Boy was I wrong.

      There is more to this writing game than meets the eye. I am afraid I have been disorganized, flitting around like a butterfly and not getting down to building my platform.

      Time to rectify that.

      Thanks Bill.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Do you have a recommendation on what order a writer should start in?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are indeed, Ruby, and it is a joy to watch from afar. :) Thanks dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Eric, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Frank. I just toss this stuff out; if it sticks on someone, fantastic. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much DDE!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, it is endless. I long for the old days when all a writer did was write and then hoped to find a publisher. LOL Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for that, Faith. I am a big believer in a strong foundation of quality writing before worrying about framing on top of the foundation. Obviously, you understand.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I love your little digs and snippy sense of humor. LOL I really do. Why? Because I can be a bit snippy with my digs. "Vain hope...." Well my friend, we can always hope.

      Please do approach that local rag. If you get turned down, approach again with a new idea. Wear them down, Ann, because you are a good writer and you should be read.

      Enjoy your brilliant Sunday.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I suspect you are speaking for a great many writers. I happen to think you are talented, so I also happen to think it is a shame more of your work isn't completed for us to read.

      Carry on my friend. Hope springs eternal.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, thank you my loyal friend. I know you are in my corner and I greatly appreciate it. I suspect Tobias will die a slow death, but we can always hope, can't we? Meanwhile, I am a third of the way through my third book, a thriller/mystery that is quite dark.

      Have a great Sunday.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok and enjoy your Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blond, I hope you do soon, because you are a fine writer, and we need more like you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I would start with a blog...provided, of course, you are always trying to improve your writing...that is always number one.

      Thanks for the question..maybe I'll toss that into the Writer's Mailbag in a week.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Thanks for the encouragement, bill. Yep, having a great Sunday and we've avoided the remnants of Hurricane Bertha - Scotland's got it instead!

      Hope your Sunday's great too!

      Ann

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      rdsparrowriter 2 years ago

      Thank you sir Bill for sharing such a helpful hub :) Whenever I read the comments you have left on my hubs, she always says that you are a nice person with an encouraging kind heart :) Hope you have a great sunday!! Take care and may God bless you more and more to be a blessing !! :)

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Hi Bill, I hadn't considered having a writer's platform, but I have been published in a few places. I started off small and then work your way up, impressing the next size publication with your previous publication credits. Eventually, you get into bigger circulated publications, that's where your best work should go to garner more readership. I also agree with you on having a blog. And get a good publicist if you have any money! Voted useful and up.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      You know, Bill, I have come to the conclusion that if writers are serious about writing and want to market themselves well they need to read and follow YOUR suggestions.

      Yes there are many out there to read but what I like about your writing is that it is clear, concise, and straightforward. And I thank you fo rthat.

      Many Angels are winging their way to you and yours this morning :D ps

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, have a wonderful week ahead.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, rdsparrowriter...blessings to you today and always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzanne, I wish I had the money for a good publicist. I'll just have to keep working hard until that day arrives. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, thank you dear friend. I'm just giving back to a community that means so much to me.

      A big old hug coming your way, flanked by a bushel of blessings.

      bill

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Bill, all of your advice is a keeper. The two objectives I need to work on is the social media portion, as well as I would like to join a few more writer's organizations.

      One nail at a time, right? The prize goes to the ones who stick it out.

      Your website is looking fabulous, by the way. Not only are you a professional writer, and act like a professional writer, you LOOK like a professional writer. It's amazing how far you have come in two years.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Jen. That is very nice of you to say. I work hard, and it's good to know others see the results of that work. Best wishes to you one nail at a time.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      As always inspirational and motivational. I have discovered that when I read my very early pieces when I just began posting online I have to pause and ask myself, "Did I really write that?" Because with time I have learned quite a lot and I know if I could I would rewrite all of my old pieces and some of them I would even delete. Passing this on.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Now this one is a bookmarker! I will need to come back to it numerous times as I go forward. I have a lot to do, and am just barely getting started!

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      I am probably on about three legs. :) I do keep up with the writing improvement, it is the rest that are blown to the four winds.

      I will however take up your advice one day Mr Holland. Thank you.

      Anna

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Rasma. My first novel is scheduled for a rewrite for exactly that reason.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Denise. i'm very happy that you find it useful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, we do what we can do in the time we can do it...how's that for a tongue-twister. :)

      bill

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      The teacher in you is so evident. your refresher was presented well. I can't get enough of your wisdom. Thanks for the reminder of what it takes to become successful at writing. Blessings.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna. Coming from another teacher, that is high praise indeed. I'm afraid I can't shut the teacher off. LOL

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Having a double goal, writing AND photography is twice the work, but has twice the rewards, too. I've been at out for a long time now. 10,000 hours? I don't know, but I am surely getting there, especially this year.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you and I are moving in that direction, and we are getting close....and then watch out, world!!!!!

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      melissakaspshak 2 years ago

      You seem like a very organized person. Can I ask how you budget your time in terms of writing/social media/commenting etc? Just a rough estimate? Thank you in advance.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello Melissa!

      Well, I'm not sure I can accurately answer that question. I write articles for my freelance business in the morning on Tuesday and Wednesday...articles for HubPages on Monday...the rest of the time i spent working on a novel and commenting/social media. I'm so used to this schedule that it is automatic, although I'm sure it would seem random to anyone watching me. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      I guess I consider my hubs my building blocks Bill. Over the 2 1/2 years I've been here I definitely think my writing and photography have improved as well as my computer/networking skills. I guess we get our building blocks were we can find them. Inspiring article Bill. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, your articles here are definitely building blocks, and I agree, you have grown leaps and bounds in that time. Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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