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Platforms are in the Air October 31, 2007

Posted by emsgeiss in writing/editing/blogging.
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If visions of Dalí-esque diving boards and planks of wood floating around a sky with dripping clouds are going through your mind, you’re probably not a writer. Lately in the writing circles—especially the non-fiction writing circles, there has been a lot talk about the importance of having a platform.  A what? Yeah, a platform—and you thought that all you needed was a fabulously irresistible, well-written manuscript.  The good thing is that you don’t need to head out to one of the big box hardware stores and buy two-by-fours, nails and a hammer, or call Norm Abram or Ty Pennington to your rescue. You probably already have the foundation of for a good platform and don’t even realize it. (No schematics or blueprints needed.)  I realized that about myself while working on two proposals, and ended up writing about the non-fiction writer’s platform in a three-part series for Inkwell Newswatch (IN), the monthly writing and literary e-zine for writers published by Freelance Writing Organization Int’l (FWOI).  Not only has writing about it helped my own platform, maybe reading about it will help yours too. (Okay, so maybe there are some schematics and blue prints out there.) Part one is in the October issue, with parts two and three following in the November and December issues.

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