I can’t remember what day it was anymore, probably around February four years ago, when Lily sat down in front of me in the band room. She had her handheld laptop in her hand. “So, I’ve been looking up how to be a successful writer,” she said in a soft voice. Of course, I knew as everyone else in our school did, that she wasn’t a writer. I was.
“I saw online that having a writer’s platform helps,” she continues. “A writer’s platform is like how well your name is known. No one buys a book from an unknown person.”
“Yeah.” I nod along. “I heard about that before.” I didn’t say what ran through my mind. I even ran through information on it again last night around midnight. I couldn’t sleep, so I just looked up writer’s platform, query letters, and anything else I could find on the writing profession for hours.
“There are a lot of different ways to get your name out there. But I saw that the best way to develop a writer’s platform is a blog. So… Here.” She turned her laptop around.
I lean towards the screen to see the small words better. It reads something along the lines of:
“I looked it up online and saw that getting your name out there as a writer is one of the most beneficial things to selling books. My best friend is a writer, so I’m dedicating this blog to her. She’s an amazing writer and I think the world needs to know her name.”
A smile brightens across my face. I read it twice just to make sure I read it right.
“It’s on Blogger,” Lily explains. “You can go by any name you want, but it’s a good way to get out there. You can write whatever you want. It’s yours.”
Of course, by now, that website she gave me is long gone. It didn’t take off as well since I didn’t promote it much. Trial and error, right? But I’ve found the website that works for me now. My platform’s getting bigger.
But that was probably one of the kindest acts someone has ever done for me. Lily was the only person at my school who acted like writing could get me far in life. She never had a doubt.
Her faith in me was a leap towards my writing career. My writer’s platform helped me climb higher too.