Building a Platform a la Christina Katz

GetKnownWebsite2008_000 I finally got around to reading Christina Katz’s latest offering, Get Known Before the Book Deal: Use Your Personal Strengths To Grow An Author Platform…and yep, it’s just as good as her last book, which I discuss here.

It answers some of my long-standing questions about platform, such as:

  1. What the heck is platform, exactly? In practical terms.
  2. What does platform mean for a fiction writer—and is it still important?
  3. If I write for kids, does it make sense to build a platform that’s read primarily by other adults? And not just adults—adult writers.

For the answers, you have to read the book for yourself.

Although much of this book is targeted for writers of nonfiction, this book is also a great resource for the fiction writer. It discusses how to identify your niche as a writer; how to identify your audience; and, most important, how to get yourself in gear and start building a platform that works for you.

This is the kind of book to buy and put on your shelf for reference. Full of practical advice and questions (yes, you have to do some work to get the most out of this book), Get Known takes you from platform novice to platform savvy in a fun, fast-paced read.

:) Cheryl

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  1. Jennifer Roland says

    I'm also a fan of the book. It's such as great resource!

  2. Cheryl Reif says

    I'm glad I found a fellow admirer :). Another great book on the business side of writing is MY SO-CALLED FREELANCE LIFE, by Michelle Goodman. And she's laugh-out-loud funny!! (BTW, your blog looks like a great resource, too. I'm planning to spend some time exploring…)

  3. Cicily Janus says

    Do children's author's platforms include playdoh and glitter? I've got lots of it. Can build you one in a jiff. Miss you.

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