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The Rach Writes Inaugural Writers’ Platform-Building Crusade

September 27, 2010


That’s a mouthful! But brilliant.

I’m cheating today since I won’t write a post about writing. Well, I suppose this has to do with getting published in one way or another. I’m introducing my friend’s Rachael Harrie’s Crusade to help bloggers build their online platform. I joined the Crusade only two days ago and I’ve already gotten five new followers – some very nice people whom I’m excited to get to know better. Rachael still hasn’t compiled the list so that we can go crazy and follow our fellow Crusaders, which means that people are already excited and are following commenters.

Why is it important to gather followers? Even though online presence isn’t a requirement to get a fiction published (it is important for non-fiction), numbers are numbers, and if you have thousands of followers, it could tip the scale in your favour when you query an agent with a good story idea and a good story.

Will all those people read your blog? Probably not all of them, but many will, if you’re interactive in turn and read their blogs. This is an opportunity to make more friends. There are so many cool people out there, and they all seem to be gathering in the Crusade 😉

I’ve copied and pasted Rach’s requirements to join:

Let’s work it like this:

  1. Follow along with my site if you don’t already (I want to build my online platform too of course) 🙂
  2. Become a Crusader by leaving a comment to this post (include your blogging name and a link to your blog)
  3. Write about the Crusade on your blog and link back to this post
  4. Encourage your followers to come to Rach Writes… and join up (it will help them too!)
  5. Tweet about the Crusade, including a link to this post ( and #WPBC1. Encourage re-tweets. I’m @RachaelHarrie if you want to follow me in the Twitterverse too
  6. Pop it on Facebook
  7. Generally, spread the word…

I’ll publish a list of all the Crusaders on Rach Writes…, and I’ll update the list as people join in on future Crusades.

That’s it! I encourage all my readers to join this project. It’s an amazing concept and Rachael is just the person to pull it off.

Goal for the day: Finish writing my MG!!!


From → Finding an Agent

  1. Hey Tessa, welcome on board the Crusade 🙂 THE LIST will be going up in the next few days (*puts hand on heart and promises sincerely*), and wait til you see what I’ve got planned for our first Crusader Challenge – what fun!!! 🙂

    Good luck with your MG goal!!!


  2. Thanks, Rach ^.^ Goal completed. Thanks for the grats on the Voice.

    I’m using my blogger site for the Crusader, in case you have this site on your list. There’s no follow option here :/ I’m still pasting the same posts here and there.

    Since I’m getting used to blogger, I might drop this page and continue with the other one. Haven’t decided yet *pats the nice features and lovely template…*

  3. Ta Tessa, will pop over there too 🙂

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