Archive for September 2010
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Well, platform is one of those nebulous concepts that will result in a thousand different definitions if you ask a thousand different individuals. But here’s how I think of it: platform is the number of eyeballs you can summon as you promote your book.
A “platform” may be comprised of an Internet or media presence, a very strong reputation in a particular field, a TV show, affiliation with a popular brand, a connection to a popular writing collective, celebrity status, or ownership of the world’s largest soapbox.
As many of my regular readers already know I have been fighting my way back to a more healthier and happier person in the past few months. I am in week 4 of my journey. On August 3, 2010, I discovered that I have colon cancer. Treatment started after a move back to Michigan on August 23.
Having discovered the cancer is in some ways a good thing. Some on you may gasp at this comment but it is true. Knowing how precious one’s life is has helped me to focus on the things in my life that are really important and to let go of the other things that aren’t that crucial. I feel more aware of the little things that make my life special, whether it is a pat on the back, a smile from a child or just being able to sit quietly and let the sun shine on my face. I have met the most awesome people one person can ever hope to meet. My writing family has gathered around me and filled my emails with love and support. My non-writing friends and family have been super. The staff at the treatment center are fast becoming lifetime friends. My life is fuller and richer than I had ever imagined.
Treatment is going fairly well, if one can consider cancer treatment as something that can go well. The whole process has had its share of challenges but I am making it through and still smiling. Lol.