Join #platformchat on Twitter later today

Today at 2:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. PST), poet Sage Cohen (@sagecohen) and I will be the guests for #platformchat on Twitter. The topic will be “How platform-builders make great first impressions.”

Sage Cohen is the author of Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry. She’s the poetry editor for VoiceCatcher4, hosts a monthly reading series at Barnes & Noble, and teaches the “Poetry for the People” class via email.

The Twitter #platformchat sessions are moderated by my friend and sounding board Christina Katz (@thewritermama), author of Get Known Before the Book Deal: Use Your Personal Strengths to Build an Author Platform and Writer Mama, and by Meryl K. Evans (@merylkevans), author of Brilliant Outlook Pocketbook and co-author of Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites.

You can view a transcript of the June 26, 2009, #platformchat on Christina’s Get Known blog.

Anyone with a Twitter account can participate in #platformchat. Christina recommends using the TweetChat application and plugging in the hashtag #platformchat to follow and participate in the panel discussion online.

Christina writes, teaches, and speaks to audiences about career development for writers. She hosts #platformchat every other Friday. After today, the next #platformchat will take place on July 24, 2009, with guests novelist and freelance writer Allison Winn Scotch (@aswinn) and nonfiction author Bill O’Hanlon (@possibill).

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[Updated on July 10, 2009] If you couldn’t catch today’s #platformchat, Meryl put together a transcript for you. After the session was over, Meryl asked if I’d like to answer some of the questions that I couldn’t see during the chat. The transcript includes some comments from me that have no time stamps. Those without time stamps are the post-chat answers I gave to Meryl via email. She did a nice job of editing the transcript.

Anyone who participated in the #platformchat and didn’t get at least a 140-character answer should feel free to ask the question again in the comments section here at Treated & Released. I apologize for the excruciating delays in the tweets today, but I think some good information made it through.

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