- You really need one for non-fiction writing (not really sure anything more on that).
- For fiction writing it is nice to start before you try to get published. Why?
- Building a fan base ahead of time.
- Shows you have people as potential book buyers.
- You are willing to do the work to promote yourself.
- Editors/Agents/Publishers can find you easier.
- Socialize and show your self.
- If you start ahead you can get better at it, before you have so many people to see you mess up.
- Blogs/Websites - communicate, give updates, pieces of your works, let people get to really know you.
- Social media - Twitter/Facebook etc. Talk with the fans more, be social and interact with them, show that you aren't a robot.
- Speaking/Classes - Teach classes on your niche of writing, help others learn what you know, speak in front of people about your experiences, get yourself known.
- Writing Groups - Join groups, talk with other writers, make friends, expand the people you know, share work, and improve on your own writing
You can read up a lot more about it, there is a lot of info. It seems a little overwhelming. There are books out there that can also help. On my search to finding out what the platform is, how to create one, and what am I suppose to do; I did find a blog about the April Platform Challenge. It was originally made to do over 30 days, but I might do more in a day. Here is a link to a list of the 30 tasks. It is suppose to help you build your platform or improve it. You should check it out if you are a writer yourself!
~Writing is my oxygen, I can't breathe without it~