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Platform

March 2, 2013

 

If you’ve attended a writer’s conference, you’ve no doubt heard the word, platform, tossed around like popcorn at a movie theater.

So, what is a platform?

In short, a platform is your resume. It is a concise and powerful stand about you. What makes you worthy of writing this particular book? In addition to a list of accomplishments and credentials, a platform can include passion. Why gives you the drive to write this book?

It’s best to include your platform in the last paragraph of your query. However, be careful that your platform does not include too much information. For example, do not mention the fact that you are a parent and your kids loved your book, or that your mother thought it would become the next Newberry. On the other hand, if you are writing a story about animals and happen to be a vet, that would be worth mentioning. If you volunteer at a zoo, include that information as well. If you’ve won a contest or been published, certainly include those credentials.

How are you an expert in this topic or genre and what writing experience do you have? Answer that, and you’ll have your platform.

 

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