So, I have a close friend who really enjoys my writing. Recently, she got a Kindle and has been lovin’ on that bad boy. She says she can get all kinds of free things for it, too. So she’s been downloading stuff to read and not coming around my blog so much.
She’s also a big, big proponent of FanFiction.net. She loves reading stuff there, and I guess a big-named writer, Rhiannon SomethingorOther (she couldn’t remember the last name) got her start on FF.net too. She’s a fan of my writing and has urged me to share the work I’m already giving away on a couple of those sites to promote myself, make a name, develop a fanbase and following.
Now, with non-fiction, GENERALLY, you need to have a platform to make a proposal. If you don’t have a platform, which means a following, an established audience and the promotional skills to move it forward, you aren’t likely to get accepted to write the book. Exceptions are celebrity authors, doing crap no one wants to read and getting seven-digit advances for it.
With fiction, however, there is GENERALLY no need to have a platform prior to querying an agent or editor. They may, however, ask you for your proposal (which means they want to know how hard you’re willing to work for free and how much of your own money you’re willing to spend). Nevertheless, in general, an agent is the first step in the publication process and they generally handle most of the other aspects of marketing the book to the publishing houses behind the scene.
Still … some of the writers have very high numbers for followers and people who avow to spend hard-earned CASH to buy something when their favorite authors put something up for sale. Money, after all, is a great motivator for me. More money? More motivation. You’d be amazed how much I can write when I’m paid to do it.
What do you all think? Is it a good idea to give up my fiction blog as my place for free samples (yeah, right) of my work? Should I hit a higher traffic site? Does having a following make any difference to an agent?
Sound off and lemme know. I’m curious. I already have one strong “DO IT!” in my corner. Where do you fall?
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