The firmest foundation

At a table at a writers’ conference, I presented to the other participants an idea for a story about my immigrant father’s challenges in his new land. Although I had not written a book before, I wanted to make the story into a book and share it with others. Another person at the table looked at the early draft and said: “This is only a novella—you won’t get any interest. Besides, what’s your platform?”

“What?” I said. I had no idea what he was talking about.

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