Exposure for Writers
"Yes. The Pen is Truly Mightier Than the Sword."
Having been a writer all my life, I have had my fair share of experience and opportunities through education and self-exploration in the world of word crafting. For any writer, old or new, these are a list of options for exposing your work and building a portfolio for the future of any writing career.
Building a Portfolio (Hubs & Blogs)
Blogs & Online Portfolios
Every good writer nowadays needs to have an online portfolio which serves as a reference for past and present work, and for making connections with others in the industry. Your blog, website or other online portfolio links is a great starting point to add to your writer's resume. Here is a list of main good sites for writers to start building a home for your various pieces online. You can also start making money through your hub or blog portfolio.
HubPages- Start from home and write about a variety of topics on HubPages and build an online portfolio of work to link to other blogs and websites. HubPages also features a variety of great fellow writers and endless inspiration. Not only can you write, you have many topics to explore and read about from other writers in the filed. I find that it to be a very supportive atmosphere to feature work.
Blogger- Blogger is great for exploring new ideas, featuring topics and linking back to other finished products from other sites. It has a great social network for everyone including professionals, fellow writers and fans.
http://www.blogger.com or http://www.blogspot.com
WordPress- WordPress is another well-known place to create a blog, with some of the same benefits as blogger, including a pool of social networks.
There are many others, but these are some of the main. Also consider some free website building.
When starting out, in companion to having a good blog, writers will want to begin taking a freelance jobs to build experience that can be added on resumes, which shows others what you can do and have to offer to credible publishers and clients. You may also decide to write something newly tailored to the specific site or client that you would like to write for. In any case, a reference to past work from other published sources is best to show as well. People seeking great literary web content will want to publish work under your name. I highly recommend sites that will allow you to obtain your name and copyrights as the writer. Sometimes, you may even get hired as a consistent writer for these websites or magazines. Sites looking for submissions are endless. Just tailor it to your interest and expertise in writing. You can also make a steady income with this. Here are a list of sites for freelance writers:
Also Check Out:
Make an investment to get your work turned into a published hardcopy book or ebook without seeking a literary agent. You also regain more copyrights and freedom of choice with publishing, advertising and promotion. There are no additional publishing fees to agents involved.
Hardcopy & Ebooks Self-Publishing
Old Fashioned Publishing
The benefits of seeking a publishing agent and publishing house is the backing and promotion of the reputable publishing house to market the book. Keep in mind that literary agents also receive 15% fee of the money made from sales, but the advantage is the guarantee assistance with promotion and ability to negotiate with editors. Also, editors respond better to agent submissions than general writer submissions.
Social Network of Writers
Well, you can't have an article about exposure without including some of the main social networks of today. Of course, the majority population by now are already using the following sites to build exposure, so why not create one dedicated to your craft as a writer.
LinkedIn- Great for specific professional social networking. You can build a general profile for your expertise or business.
Facebook- You can build a fan page here and feature updates and links to your work, articles, new books etc and daily updates for events.
Twitter- Twitter is great for the more direct and quick way to submit links and feature a general main website link to all of your work and general updates.
StumbleUpon- Use this site to share and recommend links to your writing and other fellow writers. This is great for rating pages, while search engines filter related content, all of which others can assess through your page.
- U.S. Copyright Office
U.S. Copyright Office is an office of public record for copyright registration and deposit of copyright material.
Always, copyright your work by submitting to the U.S. Copyright Office through Library of Congress. Anything published online should be automatically copyright protected, but it still does not hurt to ensure your work through official copyright. This includes any creative work like short stories, poetry, novels or scripts, as well as any other journalistic forms of writing. Always pursue official copyrights before submitting these potential works to any third parties.
Good luck and happy, productive writing!
© 2011 Latasha N. Woods
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