I got my very first rejection -- a form rejection.
Phew. I've truly been initiated ! I'm really a writer now.
One down, nine to go and I take hubby out to dinner.
Building Your Platform
You've all heard it. In today's publishing world, if you want an agent and/or publisher to consider your book, you'd best have an online presence.
So, you sign up for Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Google+, and whatever else out there strikes your fancy. You begin to stalk agents and other writers/authors to see what they're up to.
You begin blogging about your writing journey and start following loads of other writers, hoping they will follow you in return. You sign up for bloghops and contests. You're starting to get some regular followers who consistently comment. And, of course, you have to visit all their blogs and comment back. That's what it's all about, right? Networking?
And you find that you're having so much fun. The Internet has introduced you to hundreds if not thousands of interesting, entertaining people--and you've connected to many of them. You can't wait to read their next posts.
The pressure mounts. What if your post is stupid? What if the people who've been commenting find other blogs they like better?
Your hands begin to shake when you haven't had your daily Internet fix. You're dying to know what everyone's up to, what things might inspire you in your blog posts.
And your writing?
When's the last time you actually sat down to write? Or when you did, your hand moved to the icon for your web browser? You didn't even realize it was moving of its own volition. Suddenly, a hour's gone by. Or two. Hours of precious time that you promised you'd spend on your book.
Because the whole point of all that platform building has been in preparation for your book.
So, what do you do
to keep social media
from taking over