A writer platform is an online launching bay for your writing career. It’s where both amateur and professional writers cultivate their image. It’s the first place people look when they want to learn more about you. Serious writers use a writer platform to introduce themselves to the world. You should too.
Think about how much time you spend writing!
Now ask yourself, “How much time do I spend building myself as a brand?”
Do you look like a professional ready to break through, or someone drowning in a sea of other writers?
Use your writer platform to list your entire bio instead of the short version you send with submissions.
Maintain better control of your copyrights. Your posts are time-stamped. Thieves are reluctant to steal your work when you have visible proof for the world to see.
Post links to all your books and publications at various journals and presses online. How else will your fans find all your poems and stories?
Showcase blurbs from writers and publishers. Readers often look for what others are saying before they choose to buy your work. You can even post a form to collect blurbs from your visitors.
Ensure that everyone interested in you can view all your awards, achievements, as well as what you’re up to now!
Blog away! Post often so your readers and visitors will come back to see what’s new with you and your career. Studies show that frequently updated pages get better results in search engines, and from customers.
And don’t forget…. You can build reciprocal links with other writers and publishers to gain more exposure for everyone you care about! A strong community means more opportunities for everyone.
Use your custom email address (included) to communicate your professionalism to publishers and your readers. Doing so gives the best impression, that you are serious about what you do. Instead of a generic email address that makes you look like an amateur, e.g., MaryDoe@Gmail.com or JohnDoe@aol… Use something like Fiction@YourName.com.
What else would you do with a writer platform? Start with the very basic act of promoting yourself and your work with a website of your own. For example, professionals tend to make blog posts on their own platform where they have complete control over the look, feel, and interactions they receive. Professionals link to their own platform when making social media posts to places like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. This is a very effective way to save time, keep control of your image, and introduce new readers and publishers to your voice.
Post teaser-chapters and upcoming events, readings, or anything else your followers might want to know.
Use a separate custom email address for submissions, inquiries, leads, or whatever else you need. You receive up to 25 custom email addresses with your writer platform.
Avoid censorship. When you post to Facebook, your post might receive limited visibility, or be taken down completely because someone there didn’t like a word you used, or objected to an image, e.g., a breast (Gasp!). Using your own platform, you can post what you like. When you link to your own platform, you will circumvent most censorship and bias found at various social media outlets.
Ever post a sample of your work on social media, maybe a short story or poem on Facebook? Suddenly people are sharing your work, your name is getting lost, and your copyright is all but forgotten. With your writer platform, you post to your site, with your copyright and name on the work, and if you link it to social media, people will know where it came from, who created the work, and your copyright is easier to defend.
Build a readership and connect to those readers regularly. Invite your visitors to opt into receiving email from you. There’s a reason the big publishing houses do this, and it’s the same reason some of the smallest part-time writers do this. It works.
The Not-So-Fine Print
What’s the cost? Because you have been published in a Prolific Press journal or other Prolific Press publication*, a writer platform (for you) is only $1/Month for the first 6 months ($7.50/Monthly thereafter – still only a fraction of what others charge.). Only PayPal is accepted (Visa / MC / Amex / Discover). This includes your website, email, stats, Secure Site Certificate, etc. There is no up-sell or hidden cost that will show up later.
An easy drag-n-drop website builder is provided so that anyone can build a website without any prior experience. WordPress is also available. Tutorials are provided.
What’s the catch? This deal is only for writers, not for other business ventures. Orders that come from businesses or anyone trying to use this account for anything other than a writer platform will be cancelled.
Unlike common blogging sites that charge you up to $25.00/Month for limited WordPress features, this offering comes with full access. Using this platform has a crisp, clean, professional look and feel. You will not receive a generic WordPress address like JohnDoe.wordpress.com …. Using that approach looks bad, and most people know that the features you really need at sites like that get costly. We do not bait and switch offerings, up-sell you, or have any hidden fees.
How is this possible? Our Masthead owns the servers and supplements the costs in order to assist writers in general. Only one discounted account per writer, for new customers only.
Also note that you will need a domain name, something like YourName.com … or if your name isn’t available, something like YourNameWrites.com is also a great choice. Domain registrations cost about $10 to 12 per year. Be aware that some companies mark up the registration quite a bit, so be sure you get the right price. Domain registrations through this system are offered without any price markup.
Plenty of documentation is provided to assist you, and tutorials are easy to find if you want to watch videos to help you setup.
To get this deal, use THIS promotional code on the Review & Checkout page when you activate your account:
*Disclaimer: Glenn Lyvers, our current masthead, owns an Internet Service Provider (ISP), Instant Access Internet Services. This offer, made exclusively to writers, represents a significant discount intended to serve the writing community. This offering is provided through a partnership with Instant Access Internet Services. The ISP is wholly separate from Prolific Press Inc.