Promoting Yourself as a Writer: The Internet Can’t Do It All
The Internet is a fantastic place, filled with sites of information and distraction. While it can reach new audiences in new lands, it isn’t the only way to promote the writing you’ve created. In fact, it’s just another way to market your voice and your style.
Nothing sells you better than yourself. If you’re a writer who wants to hide behind a computer, you can certainly do so. But if you’re a writer who wants some name recognition, the time has come for you to promote your writing with more than just another status update or tweet.
Here are five ideas for promoting yourself offline as a writer:
- You may want to promote yourself by heading out and doing a reading of your work or presenting your book at a local bookstore. Not only will you have the local advantage, but also you can learn more about other writers in your area, who can connect you with local resources.
- It can’t hurt to see if a local public radio or TV station might want to talk to you about your writing as well. Get your voice and ideas out there and you’ll become a person who writes, not just a bunch of words on yet another website.
- You might want to go the printed publication route too to see if you can get your name into magazines, newspapers, and journals. Though this might seem to be the archaic way of getting published (read: slow), it can also be a unique selling point in a world of online writers.
- Affiliate with a proven writing agency, like Writing Assistance. It can help to have someone experienced in your corner to promote your value and introduce you to potential new clients. And you may end up building a permanent working relationship in a company you love if you don’t want to be an independent writer for the rest of your career.
- Get out to meetings, seminars and events, and mingle. Associations like the STC (Society for Technical Communications), ASTD (American Society for Training & Development), the AMWA (American Medical Writers Association) and others offer local and national opportunities for building contacts. Even local Chamber of Commerce events can help you connect with businesses that are looking for writing help.
Don’t leave your writing future entirely to the Internet. There are other ways to promote who you are and what you can do. Smile; press some flesh; give an interview. Get out into the real world. Your future is worth it.
What are some ways besides what’s been discussed here that you’ve promoted yourself offline as a writer? Please leave a comment – we’d love to hear from you!