Platform-building is vital for all writers. If you're a freelance writer, your platform will help you to get hired, and if you're writing books, you'll build your readership reader by reader.
To build your platform, you need to become visible online.
I'll bet you're thinking: Oh no -- I don't want to create a website.
Many writers worry about creating websites. They're intimidated by technology, and don't know how to get started. Blogging is even more of a challenge. Writers are worried that blogging takes too much time away from their primary writing.
Create an about.me page (free)
So today, we'll do something very simple to get you started building your platform. You'll just create an about.me page: an online calling card.
Above: my about.me page
This page gives potential clients somewhere to contact you, and if you're writing books, it tells your readers a little bit about you.
Once you develop your own website or blog, you can link to it from your about me page.
It should take you no longer than a few minutes to set up your very own about.me page.
Create a WordPress.com blog (free)
Above: my hub on WordPress.com
Feeling a little more ambitious? If you are, go ahead and create a free website on wordpress.com. The site is hosted for you, so you don't have to concern yourself with nasty hacks.
Just sign up at wordpress.com, and your new blog will be created in minutes.
There... you've done it. You're well on the way to building your platform.