There is always some new thing that authors are told they are supposed to do in order to promote themselves and their books. Building a Platform is one of the latest. Not THE latest, I'll write about that one in a different post.
Building a platform is tied to name recognition and the kind of author you are/and the books that you write.
In my case I have two series and two names that I write under--which means two names for people to recognize.
What I hope I've set up as a platform that people are beginning to learn about me are the following:
1. I love to promote other authors. I have guests on my blogs often.
2. I lend a helping hand to aspiring authors--with tips about writing on my blogs.
3. Readers are important to me--I love hearing from them either online, via email or in person at book signings, book and craft fairs, and library talks.
4. I am an ordinary person--just one who writes. I have a big family that I like to write about on this blog. If you are one of my followers on Facebook, you'll hear a lot more about what's going on with my family. I love to cook and often share what I'm fixing for dinner on Facebook.
5. One of the reasons I write about law enforcement is because over the years I've had many friends and family members who are or were police officers or deputy sheriffs. My goal has always been to make the officers I write about more human than some I've read about in other books.
6. My Rocky Bluff P.D. books, though always have a murder and the solving a crime, there are family issues.
7. These books do not have bad language in them--though the bad guys do use profanity , I just don't quote them.
8. There is plenty of romance--but I always shut the bedroom door.
9. This may seem like an odd platform, but it is mine.
10. When Dangerous Impulses comes out--won't be long now--I hope you'll give it a try.