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Memoir Platform
Written by
Nancy Chadwick
November 2015
Written by
Nancy Chadwick
November 2015

Oh, that word, “platform.” When I hear or read it I inhale with tension and exhale in surrender. What’s a memoir writer to do when she can’t keep up with platform content and all its connection points? I’m beginning to find myself being distracted, if not, preoccupied to the point of losing sight on the writing itself.

I listened to a presentation by Dan Blank ( I liked what he had to say about how to create a knockout, memoir-specific, platform not only because it was focused on memoir but also because of one short statement he made: “Your voice is your platform.” This resonated with me as an “aha” moment. He went on to say to create experiences for yourself and for your readers. You don’t need to fill channels with “content.”

As I continue with developmental editing of my memoir, I thought about creating something in support of my memoir using channels. It wasn’t just about opening another new Facebook page or blog, both of which I titled, “Under the Birch Tree.” For me, I wanted to use my two social media to plant my voice, enabling my worldview to grow, to make connections with my audience.

Voice is a powerful thing. I’m not writing about an awful childhood, addiction or abuse. On the contrary. I hope to use my voice to create a resonance with my readers. As long as I remain focused on just how I will tell my story, I can inhale with relief and exhale with confidence.

“Voice is your best asset to engage fans,” according to Dan. And that’s my best platform.



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  • What an inspiring article Nancy Chadwick-Burke. Thank you. Yes allowing our voice, our own unique voice truly makes the difference. 

    Tips for building my platform include the upcoming B2BCyberCon. What? Yes, that's right. It's at this link;

    Writers of all genres, all ages, all types flock together. First just add a new thread to both Backstage and the Fairgrounds, then create your own thread. That's your booth. Between April 8,9 and 10 this year hundreds of authors and readers will peruse the Fairgrounds (the cyber convention of author threads) joining in on games, quizzes, hunts, raffles and enjoying the giveaways and prizes. 

    What you'll get from it is an audience of like spirited souls, both writers and readers. You'll make connections you never thought you'd make and learn about other writers through their games, quizzes etc. 

    We also have panel discussions going up on topics like "Heroines and Heroes in Writing", "Mythologies and Creating Worlds", "Memoir: Facts and Fiction" and many more. 

    During the three days I'll be offering short radio podcasts, ten minutes, time enough for each author to advertise her's going to be a lot of fun. 

    Check out the site, take a look around and if I can be of any help, please let me know. We have over 200 authors already signed on, but it's truly the more the merrier. 

  • Nancy Chadwick Writing

    You are welcome. Writer. Editor. Scientific writing teacher and now artistic voice enthusiast. You got it, Hope! 

  • Hope J Lafferty

    Nancy -

    Fantastic. I've been focusing on my online presence this year myself (perhaps more than I'm working on the memoir, but with that as the impetus).

    Because I work as a writer and editor and teach scientific writing, I've really been struggling to integrate all the personas that I present professionally with the ones I present artistically. When I've spoken with friends about this dilemma (see my posts), it all comes back to voice. A friend recently told me "People hire you for you." As I've found with the writing prompts I post on Twitter, a surprising number of folks resonate. Just cuz.

    So, yes, regardless of how a "platform" is executed, voice works. Thanks for sharing your insights.

  • Nancy Chadwick Writing

    Thanks RYCJ. Give your own story a try. I bet there's a terrific voice in that chicken body just waiting to be heard! 

  • RYCJ Revising

    Great insight. I agree with Dan; voice is important... your insight, your experiences..."your story." Personally upbeat, (deeply) poignant memoirs are my preference... and trust me, I've read plenty of them. I have to live vicariously through these stories since I'm too "bawk... bawk..." chicken to write my own.

    Wishing you the best with your story.

  • Nancy Chadwick Writing

    Thanks, Kristin!

  • Hi Nancy! Loved these tips and encouragement for building a memoir platform. I'll be sharing this post in an upcoming newsletter to our members!

    -Kristin Bustamante

    Community Manager