We've all heard it: authors need platform. This word was new to the authorial lexicon in the mid-aughts, when my vision for She Writes was just coming into focus, but I knew that it meant trouble for writers. How could authors, whose true job (and true nature) is to devote themselves to their writing, possibly write AND put in the endless energy and time needed to create online "followings" sufficient to impress publishers and build audiences for their work?
Imagine if, in high school, you had had a mentor working with you every week on your writing, thoughtfully reading your words, providing feedback and encouragement, and supporting you on on your journey as a writer through high school to college and beyond.
How life-changing would it have been for you?
Now imagine you are a girl of color in one of New York City's five boroughs, living in a low-income neighborhood, attending an underfunded, overcrowded school, and facing…Continue
A few months ago, I had drinks with the publisher of a major imprint at Hachette. We were discussing the matter of ebook pricing, as fraught and contentious an issue as there is at the moment in the publishing world. As a party to the Hachette deal with Amazon, he wasn't free to discuss the terms of their…Continue