Under the Day 2: Creating An Online Presence lesson of my Free Tools For Freelance Writers mini course, reader Dave asked if the same kinds of tools I listed for creating an online presence for freelance writers apply to creative writers as well.
If you don’t remember, for freelance writers I suggested using tools like blogs, websites, and article distribution sites (think Ezine Articles and Hub Pages) for developing an online presence.
However, for creative writers working on materials like short stories, poems, and novels, I’d suggest a different list of tools and methods for creating an online presence…
…actually, for creative writers, I think creating an online presence and getting one’s name out there go hand-in-hand. Similar to freelance writers, creative writers must recognize the power of networking, and some of these ideas help with that.
1. Blogs and Websites
In this day and age, you need a blog or website – no matter what kind of writer you are. For freelance writers, having this home base allows prospective clients and customers to view their work, rates, and contact information; for creative writers, it gives fans, editors, and publishers a way to view their stories, get a taste of their writing style, and overall learn more about the author whose stories they’re reading.
Check out Creating An Online Presence to learn more about creating a free blog (or an inexpensive website).
2. Social Media
With social media like Facebook and Twitter, not only can you build a following or fan base, but you can network with other creative writers and find out how they’re getting their names out there.
3. Creative Writing Groups
Creative writing groups do more than just get the creative juices flowing and allow you a place to brag, rant, and bounce ideas off other writers. These groups are also packed with writers who know things you don’t, and who are looking for information you have.
You can find creative writers groups in a variety of forms:
- E-mail groups, such as Yahoo! Groups.
- Facebook groups.
- Groups affiliated with writing- or reading-related websites, like the numerous creative writing groups over at goodreads.com
- Message boards and forums.
- Offline groups, such as those at your local library or college.
Can’t find a group that resonates with you? Start your own! “Founder of Super Cool Creative Writing Group” sounds pretty snazzy on a resume. 🙂
4. Writing Contests
Winning, placing in, or receiving honorable mentions for writing contests definitely helps create an online presence (if the contest holder posts winners online), get your name out in the writing community, and – depending on the contest’s host – it could even dangle your name in front of editors and publishers.
Not sure where to start? Check out 10 Website For Finding Writing Contests.
5. Post Your Work
Numerous websites exist for the sole purpose of hosting authors’ short stories, essays, poems, and other types of creative writing. You can post to these sites, have others read (and sometimes critique) your work, and direct potential editors and publishers to your entries.
To get started, check out:
- The Next Big Writer (To date, requires a membership fee to become a writing member.)
- Booksie (Cutest name ever.)
- goodreads (Currently probably one of the most popular places to promote your books, and supports both traditionally and self-published books.)
How about you, readers? Do you have experience with any of those suggestions? Any success or horror stories to share? How about additional ideas?