A little over a week ago, I attended the annual NHWP Writers’ Day. As an author myself, I’ve always encouraged writers and authors at all levels of experience to get involved in your local writing community. You can learn about writing technique and how to market yourself as an author. You can network with a myriad of interesting people and hear Pulitzer Prize winners read from their work. You might also meet your future agent or publisher! Most importantly, writing conferences get you out of the house, which is essential for your average, introverted, near-hermit-like writer, like myself.
At this year’s conference, I learned about the importance of generating publicity and about developing a good PGP (protagonist, goal, problem). The most useful bit, however, came from the workshop, entitled, “It’s all about Platform, Baby!” on how to build an Author Platform. Catherine Blake, president of Sales Protocol International, presented the workshop, which served as a great motivator to get me working on my own platform (apparently having a sparkly throne no longer cuts it).