I’ve realized lately that publishers expect new authors to show up with a large audience already intact. It seems like you can’t get a book deal without a “platform” full of followers, and you can’t get the followers without the book deal. That seems like it should be their job, but I guess that’s not true anymore! Does anyone else have experience with this? What have you done? I am considering a couple of different options, would love to know what others have done.