Chuck Sambuchino Interview and Create Your Writer Platform


Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest Books edits the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS and the CHILDREN’S WRITER’S & ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET. His Guide to Literary Agents Blog is one of the largest blogs in publishing.     His 2010 humor book, HOWTO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK, was optioned by Sony Pictures. His second humor book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG (2012), is a humorous photo collection of dogs doing liberal and conservative things. His books have been mentioned in Reader’s Digest, USA Today, the New York Times, The Huffington Post, Variety, and more.     Chuck has also written the writing guides FORMATTING & SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT and CREATE YOUR WRITER PLATFORM (2012).     Besides that, he is a freelancebook & query editor, husband, sleep-deprived new father, and owner of a flabby-yet-lovable dog named Graham. Find Chuck on Twitter and on Facebook.

Here’s a description of CREATE YOUR WRITER PLATFORM from Goodreads:
Creating a platform isn’t just beneficial–“it’s essential”!In today’s world of blogging, websites, Twitter feeds, and Facebook updates, building a writer platform from the ground up can seem a daunting task. Never fear–author and editor Chuck Sambuchino provides expert, practical advice for increasing your visibility, selling more books, and launching a successful career. In “Create Your Writer Platform,” you’ll learn: The definition of a platform–and why you should start building one “now.”How to harness the 12 Fundamental Principles of Platform.”Old School” and “New School” approaches to platform, from article writing and conference speaking to website development, blog posts, and social media avenues.How to develop a platform for nonfiction, fiction, and memoir. In addition to Chuck’s invaluable insights, you’ll also find 12 case studies from authors with effective platforms, as well as professional advice from literary agents. If you’re serious about building a platform tailored to “you” and “your writing”–a platform that’s going to help you succeed as a writer–look no further than “Create Your Writer Platform.
Hi Chuck. Thanks so very much for joining us.
1.  Tell us a bit about yourself, how you started working at Writer’s Digest, and how you became a writer.
I started at Writer’s Digest magazine in 2005. A year later, a position opened up on the books side of WD working on their annual market books. My job since then has evolved to handling whatever they ask me to do—including e-commerce stuff, tweeting, blogging, speaking at conferences, and editing my two market books. It’s a grand adventure, but all aspects of my job focus on helping writers get published—something I enjoy deeply.
I started writing seriously when I was in college. I began in journalism and playwriting. Now I just try to write whatever I can, be it books or screenplays or articles or anything else. I’ve also started a freelance editing business for queries, synopses and manuscripts. I think the variety of assignments helps keep me interested. (I have mad A.D.D.)


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