Platform Building Links

characterOne of the questions that plagues writers is the dreaded PLATFORM. It’s something that I’ve covered before, but is constantly a topic to be discussed.

I’ve put together a list of the newest and best links on writers building platforms.


Fiction writers, this should be last on your ‘to do’ list. Write an amazing book first.

Non fiction writers, this should be the first thing on your list. Build your platform, then write your proposal.

Best Platform Building Links For Authors:

50 Simple Ways to Build Your Platform in 5 Minutes A Day

100 Things For Authors to Tweet About

Personal Branding Is A Leadership Requirement, Not a Self-Promotion Campaign

3 Apps to Help You Write a Marketing Plan

The Five Essential Ingredients of a Great Online Portfolio

Why Authors Should Embrace Twitter

A CEO’s Guide To Pinterest

64 Amazing Twitter Tips

Why Writers Should Be On Pinterest

How To Conduct An Author Blog Tour

Does Social Media Sell Books? Gillian Flynn’s Agent Gives Her Perspective

And my top platform posts:

Platform Is A Two-Way Street

Author Blog and Website Must-Haves

How Writers Build Successful Online Communities

Published by Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a SVP, senior literary agent and director of literary branding with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial and upmarket fiction, select literary fiction, platform-driven non fiction and select memoir. She occasionally represents children's book projects. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

One thought on “Platform Building Links

  1. Thanks for the insightful and resource-rich post. Reading it and perusing the links does bring up the never-ending debate for me though of blogging or not blogging. I have been a successful freelance writer for 20 years without an online platform, but the children’s author world is new for me, and I am forever being advised on what I “should and should not” do, including having a blog. I haven’t yet developed a blog because my priority has been, and continues to be, to spend the little time I have writing and rewriting and submitting. Is an online presence a feature you look for when considering an unpublished author’s work? How much weight do you give it?


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