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What is an author platform?

Author platform can be a tough concept to grasp, but Jane Friedman describes it well in this comment above that appeared on her blog. In her article, the word “they’re” refers to editors and agents.

But platform doesn’t apply only to authors seeking traditional publishing contracts. Every author who wants to sell books — whether they’re using a traditional, self-publishing, or hybrid model — needs a strong platform in place before their book is published.

Your platform creates demand. It makes sure there are people waiting to buy your book when it’s available.

Resources to get you there

Here are a few resources to help you understand the concept and start building your platform now so that it will support you and your book when you need that platform to stand on:

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