“Writers who aspire to make it big as memoirists need to understand that the industry is obsessed with author platform: without one, the likelihood of landing a book deal for a memoir is abysmally low,” says Brooke Warner.*
Well now. That’s discouraging.
Author platform (AKA social media) = web page, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blog with 500,000 followers, podcasts, a few TED talks, and previous publication. Sorry, no time left for writing!
*Read the entire article, “Memoir, Uninterrupted” at Publishers’ Weekly: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/82012-memoir-uninterrupted.html.
Instead of plastering sticky notes all over the front of my desktop screen, I’m posting a consolidated list for my writing project right here to remind me of the steps ahead.
- finish editing chapters: check footnotes, add fixes
- get total word count
- print PDF
- export sample chapters to Word
- set up gmail account for writing discussions
- rethink book blog
- query agents