Thursday, August 8, 2013

Let's Talk: Author Platform Series Part II

I apologize for not getting this post up any sooner, but I have been battling something no less potent than the plague for the past 5 days or so. Today has been the first day I could actually sit up without getting vertigo from my incredibly stuffed up sinus cavities. And this is also the reason I still have no videos posted. Damn you Murphy's law!!
Look it's a unicorn!

Any way, it did give me a little bit more time to ponder over the difficult questions surrounding author platforms. Which, I am sad to say I am no less closer to an exact method than I was before. I read everything required by my class and some further research on my own. What I have discovered is that it all boils down to one basic but abstract point; be yourself. That is your platform. That is your brand. You.

Now this completely screws with my OCD, where I like my things cut and dry. Black or white. I hate when things are messy. I want step-by-step instructions on how to get where I want to go. But no. No one can tell me exactly how to create my author platform. It is something I have to decide on my own. I hate that because there are too many unknowns. Too many possibilities for any of this advice to be useful. I mean who really knows "who they are" so to speak?

So, basically I am here to tell you, the hell with it. Do what you want. There are no rules anymore. Write what you want. Be who you want to be. Do what feels right to you. No one is going to tell you "no" any more because you have too many other options. Just stop being afraid and write what you are passionate about, what makes you excited, what sets you free. That is your platform. You. Now go be you, you awesome little unicorn, you.

Was that a little loopy? So what, I'm on medication? Don't judge. You know you were just inspired, so subscribe and come back for more tidbits of awesomeness from time to time.

Ta Ta,

-Jami Lynn