Friday, March 21, 2014

Building Your Platform (Part 6 of 10)

One of the overlooked forms of building a platform comes from attending conferences. If you go to conferences that focus on your area of interest, you can make connections. I don't mean only writers conferences, but organizations and groups that share your interest. You don't have to be pushy—be who you are and you'll meet others. (If you can't afford to attend, apply for scholarships or work scholarships.)

At conferences, don't seek only those whom you think will help. Much of building my platform has come from other people who—unasked—opened doors for me.

If you can, join professional groups. In which online groups do you participate? Publishing (like many businesses) is built on relationships. The more visible you make yourself, the more you grow and the greater your exposure and influence. That helps build your platform.

     1. What professional groups have I joined and remained active in?

     2. Which online groups or conferences have benefited me?

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