Monday, June 14, 2010


I got a very lovely rejection (yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a nice rejection) from an agent some time ago. Among the reasons that she didn't take on the book was that I didn't have a platform. I'm an old school kind of girl, born in the days before cell phones and i-pods and blogs. I thought a platform was something you waited for the train on. Or maybe the kind of shoes we wore in those days before cell phones and i-pods.
I'm not sure how one builds a platform, exactly. I know that it doesn't involve heavy machinery. And that it should have something to do with something that you know something about. If you write a book about the shorebirds of North America, for example, you could do a blog or a website about shorebirds or about wild birds in general.
It's more problematic for fiction writers and poets, though. As a fiction writer, I'm not an expert on much of anything. I might do a bit of research here and there. For one story, I did some research about pediatric cardiology and for another, research about ocean life. But this hardly qualifies me as either a pediatric cardiologist or as a marine biologist. I'm like the commercial that says 'I'm not a real doctor, but I play one on TV."
So the question becomes, how do you do this platform thing? The blog here is step one for me. I do know something about something about writing. And, if any one's interested, I can share.


  1. Miss Ute,

    After all the years of advice and support I've recieved from you, I'm delighted to finally help you! This is the book you need!

    Get Known Before The Book Deal: Use Your Personal Strengths To Grow An Author Platform by Christina Katz.

    It should have you off your train platform and building your own in no time!


  2. Thanks Tammy!
    I'll look for it and add it to my writer books library.