Notes from An Alien

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How “Should” Writers Find Readers

I’ve written 12 previous posts here that I tagged with “author platform”.

It’s just a current buzz-phrase for how writers attract readers.

Like most other things about writing and publishing these days, there are herds of “experts” sprouting up—more every day—shouting their “10 Most Important” or “20 Absolute Musts” or even 71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book.

Some of those ways might be good for certain writers at certain times.


One thing is for sure. There are more ways to attract readers than ever before and there could well be yet many more to come

So, rather then trying to read all the articles being churned out and then (horrid thought) attempting to do everything all the “experts” say, let me offer a video by Jane Friedman.

First a bit about the woman from her Google Plus profile:

“Jane Friedman is the web editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, a literary journal that has won more National Magazine Awards than any quarterly magazine in the nation.

“Jane is a frequent speaker at publishing industry and writing conferences, and has appeared at more than 200 events since 2001, including LitFlow Berlin, South by Southwest, the Whidbey MFA residency, BookExpo America, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

“Her expertise has been featured widely, by sources such as NPR’s Morning Edition, Publishers Weekly, GalleyCat, PBS, The Huffington Post, and Mr. Media. She maintains a blog at, which enjoys 35,000+ unique visitors every month, and her presence on Twitter (160,000+ followers) is often cited as a model for those seeking to use social media effectively.

“Jane consults with a range of nonprofits, businesses, and creative professionals, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Creative Work Fund, and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.”

The things I like best about the video below is Jane’s totally relaxed manner, her extremely candid exposure of her “mistakes”, and her grounded and rational advice.

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