Friday, March 30, 2012

April Platform Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer

Hi, folks.

This post is reprinted with permission by Robert Lee Brewer from his blog, "My Name is Not Bob." I loved the idea of helping writers improve and broaden their platforms by following a month of prompts from Robert. Thanks, Robert, for creating and hosting this event."

Aaron Lazar


April Platform Challenge
Robert Lee Brewer

One of the most important tools for a writer trying to find success in today's media environment is a strong platform. That's part of the reason I devote so much time to the topic on MNINB. However, I've been thinking about how to get even more hands on with helping writers build their online platforms, and I think I know the solution: A month-long platform building challenge.

Here's how it will work:

  • On April 1, I'll post a task for writers to complete that day.
  • Each day afterward, through the month of April, there will be a new task for writers to complete on that day.
  • At the end of the month, every writer who completes the challenge should have a stronger platform and be able to say they took part in the first ever April Platform Challenge.
Plus, there will be a prize!
Everyone who completes the challenge will be able to enter a raffle to receive a signed copy of the 2012 Writer's Market Deluxe Edition that I edited. The book contains more than 200 pages of articles on the business of writing, thousands of publishing opportunities, a one-year subscription to (which lists more than 8,000 publishing opportunities, updated throughout the year), and access to an exclusive webinar I did on platform building. In other words, it's a pretty helpful resource.

What do you need to do?
Just show up and complete each activity by noon on May 1. When you complete an activity, just comment on that particular post that you're done (and feel free to leave any extra comments as well).

Everyone who wishes to be entered into the raffle (for completing the challenge) will need to send me an e-mail at by 11:59 p.m. on May 5 with the subject line: April Platform Challenge.

Please include your name, mailing address, and e-mail addy in the e-mail message.

(NOTE: I'll be glad to take your information now, but the raffle is for writers who have completed the challenge--so it would be best to send me an e-mail on or after April 30, though before May 5 at 11:59 p.m., Atlanta, Georgia, time.)

Who is allowed to participate?

That said, this challenge will probably be most helpful for writers. And the challenge is aimed more at beginning/intermediate platform builders than to the advanced set. But anyone and everyone is welcome to participate.

Any other questions?
Drop them in the comments below.


Kim Smith said...

If I had a finished book - I would do this!

Aaron Paul Lazar said...

Robert, I love it when people extend themselves for the greater good, and that's exactly what you're doing here. Bravo! And thanks for being a guest poster on Murderby4!