Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Platform

Thanks for checking out my first blog!  The reason I created this site is because I'm writing a political/thriller novel.  I’ve researched how to get published and the number one thing I’ve learned is the need to have an established platform.  A strong platform is necessary for many literary agents or publishers to give your manuscript a chance regardless of how good it may be. 

The majority of first-time novels lose money for publishers so they have been less and less willing to give first-time authors a chance.  They basically want to see that you have already established a base of readers and people who will support your book.  Thus, my blog!

Have you ever read a novel and said “I could have written that?”  I do all the time and have multiple story ideas in my head.  So I'm finally going to put it down on paper (technically Microsoft Word but paper sounded better) and see how I do.  So far I’ve completed five chapters of my first draft. 

 In future posts I'll give updates of my progress and a synopsis of my novel.  If you’re also a book fan, I’ll be posting book reviews of my favorites and not so favorites of various genres.  From time to time I’ll give my two cents on current events, music, and various other items of interest. 

I'll be writing a few posts a week so be sure to check them out.  Thanks, and be sure to visit often and to tell your friends and family too!  My goal is to have at least one-thousand followers by the time I have my final edited manuscript, ready to send off to literary agents. 

So that’s the big idea behind me creating a blog!  Hopefully I’ll be able to say someday, you all helped me get published. 

13 comments:

  1. FIRST!!!!! hahahaahaha, love you, honey!

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  2. Since I have the second post I want 2% of everything you make. That includes your current job pay, reserve pay and lotto winnings. Good luck, I'll be reading!

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  3. Ummm...I'm a publisher. Looks like Ken got all the money so I'll work free.

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  4. Can't wait to read more from you. I dig thrillers!

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  5. Mike, you're a marketing genius so I'm open to any advice you have.

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  6. Thanks Angela! I plan to have the first draft complete by the end of November. Then I'll start the second draft and editing.

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  7. Congratulations on your new endeavor. I LOVE a good thriller....Silence of the Lambs or anything by Thomas Harris. I am honored to be a part of your dream from the beginning. I think you should have a really cool cat character or maybe just a great pic of cat in the background on the book cover....I can help with that...lol.

    Tim, Row, Row, Row your boat slowly towards your Dream.........

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  8. Thanks! Silence of the Lambs is one of my all-time favorites. I was glad the movie didn't do too bad a job living up to the book.

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  9. Hi Tim....great blog....just wanted to say hello....if you would like to trade site links I'd be happy too! holler at me if you wish at http://carlahinsey.com

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  10. Hi Tim!

    got the link and it is now live...I will continue to check in on you and see how things are going.....Best of luck to you on your novel....and GREAT blog! see you around!

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  11. Thanks again Carla! Good luck with your book. I'm going to have to pick up a copy today.

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