Well, we are finally here. You have written, comments, and voted you way through twelve weeks of platform building themes designed to prompt you into establishing your authorial platform. Well done.
This week instead of writing an entry you will be picking a winner. Of course, I will be reading the last entries and picking winners. This last batch of winners will include three editor picks that did not win in their week but deserve a conceptual prize anyway.
That (image to your right) is an artists impression of me trying to figure out which amazing post deserves to be a winner.
Before I get to giving you the details for the big vote, a few words about building on what you have created.
How to make the most of it
Over the last twelve weeks, you have written drawn an audience. Some blogs take months to get to that level of audience. Some of you seem to have a full year’s worth of audience building under your belt in just three months. That is very impressive and you should make the most of it.
For example, this blog took two months before anyone besides me even properly recognised its existence. We launched last year to no fan fair at all and came up the hard way. For those of you that took part in even some of the contest, you have a head start. A huge head start.
Make the most of it – keep writing posts. Build that platform and when your first book comes out enjoy being able to tell loyal readers all about it.
If you prefer to write to prompts we have two entire categories of prompts, which I try to put something out for each week.
There might not be a winner announced each week for these but the prize was always the thing that you created not what I gave out.
You may also want to consider making a platform at Author Buzz UK. It is a website that I am helping to build (based on WordPress) specifically for authors to build a presence. It is based on a lot of the platform building theory that I have been talking about here. The forums will be a good place to chat with fellow writers once we start to pick up steam.
Whatever you do, keep writing. Make amazing art.
The big vote
The big vote has two parts to it.
- Sharing as many of your entries as you can
- Voting on the entries that have been shared
The big vote takes place at /r/ThanetWinners2017 and will run until at least one items gets a solid lead or we all get fed up with waiting. The deadline is, erm, sometime randomly decided after Monday the 5th of June so share soon, vote often and may the best post win.
Getting your fans to go vote for you is allowed. Anyone can vote for the grand winner. Anyone at all.
Also, any theme that you wrote for outside of the deadline time can be entered. So if you missed a week, you still get a chance to shine.
Best of luck to you all. You wonderful writers, you.