Today’s date on my desk calendar sports a big, crimson exclamation point. Dusting is on the schedule. Why would anyone even think of dusting anything on a hot August afternoon? Well to tell you the truth, I like to give less daunting names to activities which seem to postpone themselves or tumble from my TO DO list…unbeknownst to me. Subterfuge. Yes, I admit, although it gives me a cramp between the eyes, I procrastinate. I am afraid of nailing vital issues down. Afraid to REALLY get started on the big stuff. The scheduled dusting means firing up my Kindle and beginning two books which are aimed to wake up, my existence as a writer. (There. I have come out of hiding. A writer I am) Recently, I have visited many, many writer’s web pages, blogs. There is lots of wonderful content out on the world wide web, the very big world wide web. Where does one begin? (Intimidation level ever rising …yikes..) How does one build her own author’s platform? My first thought was to ask my brother, a really talented IT guy. He could surely give me the low-down about setting up a blog and the tags. I changed my mind as the visions of code and more code clogged my thought process accompanied by greater visions of his growing impatience.
I also have a Twitter account, but have only used it to tweet a very limited number of people. Through a writer friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, I caught wind of a certain Kristen Lamb and began to follow her. Gradually, I received invitations to follow other writers, etc. Still, Twitter was usually an afterthought Back to Kristen Lamb. I became curious, so I peaked into her blog and was immediately struck by the energy and wittiness within. Of course, curiosity got the best of me,so without further ado, I grabbed my Kindle and immediately downloaded her books “We Are Not Alone” and “Are You There Blog? It’s Me, Writer”. It is a true kismet moment when you find something you needed, but were ignorant of its existence Tickled pink to have had the good fortune of such a discovery. Hooray!
So, now what? Easy! I am in the middle of reading “We Are Not Alone” taking lots of notes so that I can whip my existing social media whisper into proper author-serving -reader serving form. The message in Kristen Lamb’s book is PURE motivation, especially to those of us (and we are many, I dare believe) wearing many hats on a daily basis. She expertly takes the writer through all of the steps towards creating a viable author platform underpinned with crystal clear examples and lots of friendly banter. From branding precisely to setting up a dedicated blog , getting the ball rolling on Twitter and opening a presence on Facebook and MySpace, nothing is left to hazard. With a bit of concentration and effort the writer has the information to build her writer platform, thanks to the logical and simple explanation. The dead-on advice about the absolute necessity of securing your brand as an author using your name was an eye-opener of mammoth proportions for me. I get it now and don’t keep my writer-ness a secret anymore. “Tags” used to be a four letter word for me. You, too? No longer now after the exquisite explanation in “WANA”. If you have not yet purchased these two exceptional books, what are you waiting for? Be sure and visit Kristen Lamb’s blog www.warriorwriters.wordpress.com for a test drive. Without further ado, I close so that I can tell my writing group buddies here in Luxembourg all about my auspicious discovery.