Many of you are members of ACFW. I have been taking agent Terry Burns' online course about pitching/promoting/marketing/etc. And one aspiring author wrote (Not sure who, so don't ask! If you do follow the course, then you know just how many emails we get every day!) in about just wanting to concentrate on her book instead of building a platform and publishing credentials. Terry responded (essentially) that since they get so many queries a day - if he had two aspiring authors side-by-side on his desk, both of whom had excellent writing skills, he'd choose the one with the better platform over the one with none. It's a no-brainer for an agent.
So, with that in mind, I'm now of the mind that building our platform - even for fiction - is really important. It sounds like agents aren't comparing apples to apples when it comes to those of us who aren't published. It's apples and oranges...and I'm beginning to think the orange is much heavier due to platform. *sigh*
Since we're all part of this great online writing community of encouragers and accountability, I think those of us actively seeking to build platform should stick together! If you comment in this post, then I'll assume you're of the same mindset I am and think this is important. I'll do my best to compile email addresses from your profiles and we can start a more in-depth discussion about the particulars of your platform (or lack thereof) and brainstorm about how to make it bigger!