Building an Author’s Platform


Building an author’s platform is not a simple task. In fact, building an author’s platform is far more complicated and time consuming than I ever imagined. I’ve learned that I am one of many writers who are receiving the same message from mainstream publishers: You must have a strong author’s platform (prepare for the zinger here!) with at least 10,000 followers. I’m currently at about 1,000 followers, so how does one increase that ten times build up to 10,000 exactly?

If you have any ideas to help me out, please let me know. In the meantime, I am working on it, with a redesigned website,, featuring what I planned to be a no-big-deal weekly blog post but I am more realistically aiming for bi-weekly. I have along with SherylKayneWrites (  I’m on Pinterest @sherylkayne, and also @Sheryl_Kayne, which I’m hoping to figure out how to merge, but I’m not working it like I should. Then there’s Instagram@SherylKayne which is thankfully easy to use and fun to grow. I find that the easiest one to keep up. LinkedIn, I apologize, I have not given much attention to you in the past but I am working to improve my attitude and behavior.

If this seems boring or tedious to you, let me reassure you that it is also tedious to me. Boring? No. I see it as a huge challenge I want to achieve; however, I need your help. Please follow, like, re-post, whatever it is we do in our spare (?) time to help one another out.  I’m getting better about taking photos with other writers when attending events  (https://www.instagram.comBzx8CazAofs/p//)

A friend recently asked me when I could hang out. I thought about it for about a second and realized, “You know, I don’t hang out. I am writing, reading, or teaching writing and presentation skills, or attending writing networking events, which are all my happy places to be.” Instead I invited her to join me at the Writer’s Open Mic on the third Tuesday of every month at Panera’s in Westport, CT. It’s a great way to hear, see, and meet other writers, and learn about projects others are working on. Happy Writing! and if you have tips on daily handling and building social networking, please share (maybe while you’re hanging out)? 

1 Response
  • Lenore
    August 3, 2019

    I joined and if I had 9,000 friends I would surely recommend they follow YOU!