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Coach Teresa here. At the San Francisco Writers Conference, Elisa Sasa Southard and I presented “GETTING TO FIRST BASE BY BUILDING YOUR FANBASE”
In our interactive session, Talking-Tagline Guru Sasa asked me: “Coach Teresa…What is a platform?”
I responded: “Before I define ‘platform,’ let’s talk about fans and what fans do for you. Fans tell their friends about you. Fans will pay to see you; they will buy what you have produced; they listen when you speak. Your name hooks their attention.
“So, how does one build a fanbase? By making your platform consistent. A platform is not something you step on, it is what you stand for. Help your fans find you by articulating the themes and issues you care about/write about.”
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I am a fan of many fine writers, with last names starting with A to Z. From Chinua Achebe, Luisa Adams, Martha Alderson, Jane Austen . . . to Margie Yee Webb, E. B. White, Anzia Yezierska, and two hundred other authors, including Scott James (fellow presenter at San Francisco Writers Conference).
Scott James writes novels under the name of Kemble Scott; I heard about Kemble when his first novel SoMa was published by Kensington Publishing Corporation New York (also my publisher for my first novel). Scott James, the journalist, writes about San Francisco, including contributions to the New York Times.
I am a fan because Scott James speaks/writes eloquently. His latest article is enlightening and compelling.
Scott says: The latest of my new columns on Medium is now up. This one is on gay marriage, and gets a bit personal. It’s called “My Big Gay Shotgun Wedding.”
Since I am a fan, I shall tell my friends about Scott’s columns.
Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan cheering for you!
Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan cares about helping fiction and nonfiction writers build their platforms and work on their craft simultaneously with ease. She says: “Wear the dual hats as promoter and writer and be happily published. Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams.”
Coach Teresa, what happened on Feb. 16, 2012 at San Francisco Writers Conference?
Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here . . . this is what happened from my point of view. Tell me and my colleagues your point of view by submitting comments to this blog post. How? Click on the blue title bar of this post, scroll down to get the boxes, fill in boxes and click on “submit comment” button.
I took BART into The City and then MUNI #1 to meet co-presenter & colleague Mary E. Knippel. At 6:00pm we were to deliver BE YOUR OWN EDITOR at the San Francisco Writers Conference at the Mark Hopkins Hotel at top of Nob Hill.
Authentic details for writers who want to get to the top of Nob Hill: If you off-board BART at Embarcadero station, come up to street level that is closest to Drumm Street. Walk northward on Drumm, then westward on Sacramento Street (a one-way street). At Sacramento St. (near Davis St.), you’d catch the MUNI #1 bus that travels westward on Sacramento Street. $2 fare (driver gives y0u a transfer that’s good for 4 hours).
The ride is about 10 blocks or .7 mile (through Financial District and Chinatown, and up the hills). If you’re concerned about not knowing how to push the bell or pull the cord to request your stop, ask the bus driver or fellow passengers to look out for you. Off-board at Mason; walk a block southward on Mason to get to California St. (California St. is parallel to Sacramento St.). Wait for signals to cross the street. There you are–at the International Mark Hopkins.
As soon as you step onto the bricked courtyard, courteous hotel employees will greet you.
I saw Laurie McLean, Barbara Santos & Richard Santos, Nina Amir, Neal Sofman, dear mentors Michael Larsen & Elizabeth Pomada, Stephanie Chandler and other colleagues. Our session was to begin at 6:00pm. Among the writers who attended our session “Be Your Own Editor” were memoirist Jing Li, journalist and novelist Don Hudson and Margie Yee Webb (author of Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings)!
Thank you, Patrick, for setting up the microphone–the room was long–without the microphone, the writers sitting in the back would have had difficulty hearing us.
Thank you to each writer in the room! Here’s an offer to you if you were in our session on Feb. 16, 2012 – I’ll be happy to read and give feedback to the first 2 pages (double spaced; pages numbered; manuscript title and your full name in the header) of your manuscript. Email me: your full name; your project’s genre; list of your themes. Then I’ll let you know when would be the best time to email me your first 2 pages. I’ll arrange my schedule so that I can focus on one writer a day. My email address is at gmail.com My User Name is: WritingCoachTeresa
Mary E. Knippel & Teresa LeYung-Ryan
Being Your Own Editor
Ensure Your Manuscript 100% Ready For the Next Step
• hire a book doctor/developmental editor OR
• pitch to agents or acquisition editors OR
• be your own publisher
fiction / narrative nonfiction / prescriptive nonfiction (“how-to” books)
YOUR NAME: ______________________________ Your Project: ________________________________
Tool #1 Grounding Reader with the three Ws (Who? When? Where?)
Tool #2 Hooking Reader from first page to last with core theme and “What does Protagonist want?” (in prescriptive nonfiction “What does Reader need?”)
Tool #3 In Fiction & Narrative Nonfiction (both genres are forms of “story-telling”) Who are your protagonist, antagonist, and other archetypes?
Tool #4 In Fiction & Narrative Nonfiction (front story / back story)
Tool #5 Foreshadows Metaphors Recurring Images
Tool #6 Authentic Details
Tool #7 Monologue Dialogue Vernacular
Tool #8 Misspelled words; misplaced modifiers; other frights
and 15 minutes for Questions & Answers
Thank you, dear mentors Michael Larsen & Elizabeth Pomada, for inviting Mary and me to deliver our signature presentation “Be Your Own Editor”!
Thank you, dear Birgit Soyka author of To Drink the Wild Air, for bringing your camera tripod!
Thank you, dear Margie Yee Webb, author of Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life, for introducing Mary and me, for taking photos, for having written the purr-fect gift book and letting me show in our session how every page of a prescriptive nonfiction book ought to contain inspiration, wisdom or a metaphor.
Thank you, Camille Thompson, columnist at SanRamonPatch.com, for your gracious help, making our session an enjoyable one.
Across the street at the Fairmont Hotel – LEARNING & the BRAIN Conference–Connecting Educators to Neuroscientists and Researchers
Vehicular traffic was blocked off in the area because President Obama was to speak at the Masonic Auditorium that evening!
Coach Teresa here took the cable car to go home and pack for Day II of San Francisco Writers Conference. Please see next post.
“Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams!”
author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW
As editor/story consultant, Coach Teresa helps her clients polish their manuscripts by identifying themes and archetypes.
Her novel Love Made of Heart is used in college composition classes. Thank you, Teachers & Students!