There’s this romantic image of a writer, pecking away at a typewriter with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth as he hides in a dark room. Then the writer pulls out the paper, gives it a kiss, and mails it off to be published. Then he sits back and waits for the royalties to roll in. I don’t think this image was ever really true, at least not for most writers. Maybe it worked for, what, 50 people out of 7,000,000,000? Yeah, I don’t dig those odds, son.
Anyway, those days are over. No one smokes any more, for one. And we use laptops, not typewriters. Today, we need to establish our platform even before we are published. I embrace this idea, just as I have embraced all social media.
To wit–I have an Instagram account (PattiFSmith), a professional Twitter (@WriterPattiFS), a Facebook page (Patti F. Smith, Writer), and this blog (www.PattiFSmith.com). Do you see a theme?!?!??!?!!
I’m open to other suggestions. I feel like I have created a bit of a niche for myself in Ann Arbor, as a historian, writer, and public speaker. Now it’s time to expand that. Please join me!