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October 27, 2010 \pm\31 1:14 pm

What the fuck is a platform? That’s what I was wondering on Monday as I read Stephen Elliott’s not-quite-daily The Daily Rumpus email he sends out. He wrote: “She mentioned an agent or a publisher saying she needed a platform. She was so beautiful and I thought, Platform publishing breaks my heart.” And I honestly didn’t know what he was talking about. So I did what I usually did when faced with a lack of knowledge on my part (which happens frequently), I googled it.

Ah. I sorta get it. But not really. Then I started seeing the word everywhere. Isn’t it funny how that happens? Then today, as I sat down with my chicken salad for lunch, I cracked open the new Poets & Writers that came in the mail yesterday and turned to the Editor’s Note. And there it was again. Platform.  As in “…in turn are building better platforms for our work…” (and I hope like hell I’m not using all that fancy punctuation wrong, which I probably am since I’ve never been good at it).

So, I was thinking. Do I have a platform? You’re darn right I have a platform! I helped build it myself.

My platform

my platform in Maine


  1. October 27, 2010 \pm\31 2:21 pm 2:21 pm

    The world will officially end when platform becomes a verb. As in, Writers are platforming their next projects before a publisher has signed on.

    And I am sure this has happened.

    • Robin Elizabeth Sampson permalink
      October 27, 2010 \pm\31 4:34 pm 4:34 pm

      What’s that loud cracking sound I hear?

  2. October 27, 2010 \pm\31 2:23 pm 2:23 pm

    Nice platform. What is it for?

    • Robin Elizabeth Sampson permalink
      October 27, 2010 \pm\31 4:31 pm 4:31 pm

      a little cabin I’m building (with hubby and friends)- no power, no plumbing, just room for a desk, pot-bellied stove and a futon or something to sleep on. It is my Writing Cabin (yes, caps). I tried to do a Tumblr blog about it, but I’m way lazy about uploading pictures. And thanks, yeah, it is a nice platform.

  3. October 27, 2010 \pm\31 2:34 pm 2:34 pm

    Um, WWATD is a platform, actually.

    • October 27, 2010 \pm\31 2:35 pm 2:35 pm

      But are we platforming? That’s my question.

  4. Amy Holman permalink*
    October 27, 2010 \pm\31 8:12 pm 8:12 pm

    Let’s hope we’re not “platforming” or that WWAATD “remedies” the lack of a platform. Let’s try to corral our nouns away from the sexy verbs. A platform is your set of credentials to sell a work to a publisher–publications, blogs, media representation, articles, education, etc. But, I rather like your platform in Maine.

  5. October 27, 2010 \pm\31 9:28 pm 9:28 pm

    Agreed, Ms. Holman.

  6. October 27, 2010 \pm\31 9:51 pm 9:51 pm

    Wait, WWAATD is a group blog? I’ve been tricked…

    • Robin Elizabeth Sampson permalink
      October 28, 2010 \am\31 7:45 am 7:45 am

      yeah, they’ll even have me!

  7. October 28, 2010 \am\31 12:34 am 12:34 am

    “platform” is a way of saying “someone who can get booked on TV shows”

  8. Robin Elizabeth Sampson permalink
    October 28, 2010 \am\31 7:57 am 7:57 am

    this is too way fucking funny!

  9. October 28, 2010 \am\31 10:15 am 10:15 am

    A platform author is a celebrity who can build a deck.

    • October 28, 2010 \am\31 10:31 am 10:31 am

      With his third leg.

      • Robin Elizabeth Sampson permalink
        October 28, 2010 \pm\31 2:56 pm 2:56 pm

        *Looks for her third leg. Hmmm. Where did I put it?

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