Should you be building a writer's platform or a foundation? What's the difference and why should you care? All good questions. Chances are you've heard the term writer's platform and you know that it's an important part of preparing for becoming an author. A platform is what it sounds like, the thing you'll stand upon to bring readers to you and sell your novels. For some people they find that in blogging, others find it in Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, or some other social network. You must choose what works for you and go with it. But there is an important factor that is often skipped.
Before you can build a platform, a floor, you must have a solid foundation to build that floor on. Without a foundation your platform will be shaky, weak, and subject to all manner of disasters. Don't worry or cringe at the idea of yet more work, chances are you've been working on your foundation and you don't even know it. It is a solid base of friends, family, and/or supporters who will stick with you through thick and thin. You can meet them in person at conferences, writer's retreats, or workshops. You can also meet them online through the various social media sites. The difference between building a platform with this people and a foundation is commitment.
You have to give as much as you get, more if at all possible. When you 'friend' everyone on your social media sites who you think or hope might some day buy your book, you're working on a platform (and a shaky one at that). But when you commit to support and befriend people for real then you're building a foundation. You must always remember not to look forward to just dollar signs, but connections. Make connections, support others you feel passionate about, and it will all come together in the end.
Join me on the #WritersRoad chat on Twitter tomorrow January 19th at 6:00pm PT when we'll be discussing this! For a link click on the picture of the #WritersRoad on the sidebar.