However, it's the "sneaky" little decisions in between the big steps that leave me staring into space wishing I had some sort of a Life Coach or a Literary Agent...or just a giant piece of cheesecake on which to nibble whilst I attempt to make a decision.
For example, what I want to do right now is create a website specifically for YA readers, a website that will appeal to girls and young women who will want to read my books. I'm a fairly creative person, I mean I daydream constantly and come up with fantastic knock-knock jokes that make three year olds laugh...so that's plenty creative in my opinion. (Yeah, I know...) So, creating a website that would attract the attention of someone like me should be a cinch, right? Nope. It is not. I need to think of a site that will attract the attention of potential readers and will be easy for me to maintain.
The idea of Your Verve, a site that's chalk full of stories (both YA and regular Chick Lit) as well as a few short films and maybe even a series is fun and I really like it- but lately I've had trouble posting one to two stories weekly. And as far as the films, film takes so much time to create/edit and perfect.
Hmmm, wait a sec...in writing this, I realize that my issue boils down to Time Management. In order to successfully accomplish Step 2: Build a Platform, what I personally need to work on is my Time Management. I do know what kind of website I want- I want this one. But, I need to figure out a schedule that will allow me more time to work on using it to it's potential. Wow, that was a nice epiphany! Building A Platform/Fan-Base requires patience and good Time Management. As soon as I'm done with this post, I'm going to work on a Writing Schedule to help me post stories/short films more frequently! But enough about me, what have you found helpful in managing to successfully build your platform?