Chuck Sambuchino is an editor for Writer’s Digest Books, a bestselling humor book writer, and a freelance editor. He works for Writer’s Digest Books and edits the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS as well as the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market. His bestselling humor books are: How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack and Red Dog/Blue Dog: When Pooches Get Political.
I met Chuck at the Writer’s Digest Conference last January, where he was a presenter and one of the conference organizers. Chuck was very approachable and incredibly helpful to me in what was really my first foray into the world of publishing. He gave me some valuable advice ahead of the Pitch Slam. (Read what I wrote about my Pitch Slam experience here.) He recently sent me a copy of his latest writing-themed book and asked me if I would give it a review. Below is what I’ve posted on Amazon and Goodreads.
Chuck is good people, so I hope this helps him, and, by extension, helps any of you who are moved to give the book a try.
Chuck Sambuchino’s Create Your Writer Platform: The Key to Building an Audience, Selling More Books, and Finding Success as an Author is an absolute must-have How-To for today’s writers. This comprehensive guide takes veteran and fledgling writers alike through the chaos that is writer platform and visibility. No matter if you’re a best-selling novelist or an unpublished freelance journalist, this book has something for you.
As a fiction writer, I’ve struggled with balancing the development of my stories and the development of my platform. Chuck Sambuchino takes a candid, straight-forward approach the to subject that absolutely showed me how to scaffold the different social media outlets and other visibility mediums into a sturdy platform to present my writer self. If found his action plan and suggestions to be both wildly informative and practical.
He presents the Principles of Platform in a very easy-to-read style, then develops the Mechanics behind it all in a very detailed manner. The book goes on to present 12 case studies, with authors hailing from multiple genres, that demonstrate the principles and mechanics at work. It covers not only Non-Fiction, but also Fiction and Memoir. The interviews with authors that are interspersed throughout the chapters provide valuable insights to the publishing world and lend credibility to what is being presented.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book for any beginning of established author who finds the world of platform building mystifying.