Have you ever read something that just rocked your world. So much so that it changed your blogging and writing life. It happened to me last week. It’s sometimes difficult to notice when you first get off track from your goals, because it’s such a gradual process. You have these gut reactions and feelings to some of the advice you’re getting about publishing that just don’t fit. You push it aside for later until you find something that validates those feelings. Then you find it. Now you know they don’t fit and they won’t work for you. Before I go on, here is a link to the article that put a spotlight on what I’d been feeling:
The Write Practice
That’s when I realized most of the so-called “experts” who said every author needs a platform were really just speaking to non-fiction authors. They didn’t have a clue what a fiction platform would even look like.
Meanwhile, thousands of fiction writers followed their advice, creating blogs they resented, Twitter accounts that overwhelmed them, and Facebook pages with thirty-seven likes. For most creative writers, this whole platform experiment has been a waste of time.
Yikes! Are you like me, in the middle of building a platform that only a non-fiction author can stand on, without even knowing it? I’ve been writing on this blog for almost a year now. I need to make some drastic changes and soon or I’m going to find myself with a Facebook page and no audience for my fiction.
As a fiction writer, what do you do? Well, first off, it’s time for some research. Not everything that non-fiction authors do will work for us but not everything is a complete waste of time either. We’ve got to sift through the mounds of talk and get to what is actually working. We’re the creatives, the artists the ones thinking outside the box, blowing up the box. We need to use our creativity to do something different.
To be perfectly honest, I don’t know the answer yet I’m still figuring it out, but while I do I’m going to share what I know with the rest of you and hopefully save you some time and money. I can’t afford to take a bunch of online workshops geared toward non-fiction authors anymore, when what I need is a non-traditional indie publishing approach.
What does that mean for this blog? Nothing yet, but as with everything, there will be change. I hope that you’ll stick around through the process and see what a writer inspired can do.
Has this happened to you and your platform? Are you a fiction author trying to publish traditionally or are you going the indie publishing approach? Either way, how’s it working for you?
Feel free to share your successes or failures below. No judgement here.