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How to Earn Recognition as a Writer

Updated on September 12, 2009

When asked the question, “What can a writer do to get noticed?” Some people may simply answer . . . write. They believe that all a writer must do for a little recognition is to write and write a lot and eventually you would have so many books or articles that someone is bound to recognize you.

Yes, writing is important as a writer and definitely one of the first things you should do, but you also must write well. Many newbies forget this rule. It is one thing to be known as “that woman who writes stories that pulls you in,” verses “that chick who uses the word agenda too much.”

What makes you stand out from the average writer is also what makes you memorable, and that can be your good or bad qualities. So make sure it’s the good ones.

"Fame" by Getty Images
"Fame" by Getty Images

What makes memorable?

Just look at the definition of Memorable.

 

Memorable: worth remembering: sufficiently interesting, exciting, or unusual to be worth remembering or likely to be remembered.

 

Now examine your work and yourself and find out what makes you interesting, exciting and unusual.

Is it that you write in a unique genre? Erotic Biblical Characters? Maybe? No?

Do you have an interactive website where readers can paste their faces on the bodies of your characters? Or add to the story? Or choose what happens next?

Do you examine and reveal juicy secrets on your blog that stir up debates and controversy? Perez Hilton, anyone.

Every Thursday do you give away free chapters of your book, along with free bookmarks and magnets?

These are examples of what makes you memorable. Ask yourself what it is about you and your writing that others should take notice. You must do or write something amazing.

Establish yourself as an expert

No matter what your book or article’s content, we all are experts at something. Whatever it is you do best, let others know it. Share your knowledge about your expertise because even the things that are second nature to you are valuable to others.

Become valuable and sought out for your expertise. Join social networks, build your platform of interested readers, make friends, and share, share, share. Volunteer your time and knowledge and share your passion. When someone is looking for his or her next social speaker or interviewee, it may very well be you.

If writing is all you know

If writing stories is your expertise then write extraordinarily and I do not mean spelling and grammar check.

- Make sure your writing has memorable characters.

- Make sure the theme is something readers feel passionate about reading.

- Make your endings great and memorable.

- Pull on the emotions of the reader. Make them angry, scare them, titillate them or lift their spirits.

The same things that make your book or article memorable are the same things that make you memorable as a writer. The trick is to give the reader a reason to remember you.

Extra Tips and Tricks for Recognition:

1. Post the same author photo on all your websites and networking site. People remember a face easier than words.

2. Create a tagline or motto and post that as your signature on blogs and forums. Mine, for example, is “Author of Fiction and Fiction with Spice!” Catchy? Memorable?

3. Be friendly. This may seem like a, “Well, duh,” but be open and social and be sincere about it. Take the extra time to respond to your emails in a timely manner, post thank you notes in the comment section of your blogs for every compliment. Take the time to participate in other’s interests and blogs too. Be truly, sincerely friendly and helpful.

4. Create buzz: Use controversial or taboo marketing to create buzz. Do something that’s memorable enough where people have to tell their friends about it, but make sure it does not jeopardize your image.

Example 1: Ben and Jerry’s ice cream name change from Chubby Hubby to Hubby Hubby for the celebration of gay marriage in Vermont. Controversial? Yes. Great buzz? Absolutely.

Example 2: Shooting gerbils out of a cannon (as beyond.com did). Controversial? Yes. Great buzz? No. Although it might get people talking, it will not do much for your public image.

I hope my tips help you become the recognized writer you deserve to be.

 

Leslie Lee Sanders

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      DanYuk 2 years ago

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      Amlandeep Bhattacharya 6 years ago

      Hello

      Leslie your article is indeed helpful. By the way I am budding author who is just trying to make his mark . I also play chess. Hope you do well.

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      Leslie Lee Sanders 7 years ago from Queen Creek, Arizona

      Thank you all very much for your comments. It's always good to look to better yourself. I'm glad I can help. Thank you for reading my hub!

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      TimeHealsAll 7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Enjoyed reading your Hub! I'm always looking to better myself. My mother was a great writer and i would love to follow in her footsteps! I think what you have to offer here is priceless.:)

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Thanks this great hub you share with us.

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      Paul Solomon 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      The more you write, the more you'll be read.

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      PWalker281 7 years ago

      Great hub with some excellent advice! Looking forward to more!

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      mealdates 7 years ago from England

      I have my own website and use social media websites.

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      Jett5 7 years ago from Canberra, A.C.T. Australia 2600

      Fantastic! Wonderful of you to share your knowledge so generously Leslie. What goes around comes around - you'll do well!

      All the very best. :)

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      This was so well done! Great information and well written. I shall be following you to see where you go next!

      I'm very disappointed I missed so much happening on Hub Pages this week! I sure would have loved to place my vote. Congratulations belatedly!

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      Luciendasky 7 years ago from Florence, OR

      Very good hub! Congrats on your nomination!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Great tips and great information, thank you

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      Leslie Lee Sanders 7 years ago from Queen Creek, Arizona

      Such great comments! I'm thankful that you all took the time to read and comment. By the looks of it, this hub has really help a lot of you. It's much appreciated.

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      Lmoovbuff 7 years ago from Colorado

      Great writing! I learned a lot from your writing, especially about visually seeing what memorable should be. Thank you. You have something good going here. Great tips.

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      TheSablirab 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. I have been on here for about a week now and have been frustrated on how to get recognized. After reading what you wrote, it's obvious now. Thank you so much!

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      Hope Wilbanks 7 years ago from Louisiana

      Fantastic tips!!

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      FirstStepsFitness 7 years ago

      Lots of good ideas !

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      Leslie Lee Sanders 7 years ago from Queen Creek, Arizona

      Pieter..., thanks for your comment. I too have notebooks full of stories and ideas. I know one day every single note will be used and shared.

      Soon, you'll find your courage and those pieces will have their chance to make their mark on the world. With enough determination, you will do it. You can make your dream happen. I can tell . . . you have it in you.

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      PieterTheProphet 7 years ago

      Great advice...just the information I'm looking for. I've been writing since the fourth grade. My first story was "Professor Turntooth and The Mole People." ...rave reviews, but only among my class mates. Since then I have amassed a stack of note books filled with a wide variety of pieces; every thing from essays to poetry. Barely any of it has seen the light of day. The writing part has been something I do, but following through and spreading my words just turns me off. Sounds like a personal problem I know..Fear of failure?

      Illness has forced my hand, so to speak, and food has become a major concern. Maybe, after nearly fifty years I can make this dream happen.

      Thanks again.

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      L.A. Screenwriter 7 years ago

      Good stuff, Leslie. Keep it comin'!

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      Juana Ortiz 7 years ago

      Thank you, excellent suggestions.

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      Leslie Lee Sanders 7 years ago from Queen Creek, Arizona

      Thank you all very much! I spend hours researching the best ways to help the aspiring writer and it makes me feel great knowing that you all appreciate the hard work.

      It's not easy sharing author "secrets", some authors wouldn't go as far. But when I started out, I wished someone would share some secrets to assist me. So, I'm glad I can help.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      bravo on the hubnugget!

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      Rose Kolowinski 7 years ago

      A 'memorable' hub, Leslie. Thank you for the great tips and examples. I will take them to heart.

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      William Benner 7 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Another great hub! You get my vote! I also want to thank you for getting back to me so quickly and sharing your great news!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Very well written, simple and to the point, yet extremely useful. These are tips we all can incorporate! Congrats on your nomination!

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      steffsings 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      You are appreciated! Excellent information and a pleasant read.

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      Leslie Lee Sanders 7 years ago from Queen Creek, Arizona

      Thank you to those who voted on this hub for hubnuggets. I've spent the last few weeks writing these articles to assist the aspiring writer. It feels great to know you appreciate my hard work.

      Thank you very much!!

      https://hubpages.com/community/Newsflash-10-New-Hu...

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      Lobsingers 7 years ago

      Your the best. I know this is very exciting for you Congrads to you. It is so nice of you to share your talents with others. We are so proud of you!!!!!

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      Leslie Lee Sanders 7 years ago from Queen Creek, Arizona

      Thank you all for taking the time to read my post. I appreciate it so very much.

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      Dame Scribe 7 years ago from Canada

      It's great to find sharing knowledge with others is wonderful quality. :) welcome to HubPages

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      I echo Tom above.

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      maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

      Lots of useful information put together in an interesting and easy to read way and I like number three on your list and I am glad to see that you follow your own guidelines. Thanks for writing this hub I have learned from it and I am sure that what I have learned will prove useful.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Leslie, what a coincidence! Last night I was just chatting with a friend and I got into many questions. Among them was, "Am I writing well enough?" Sigh..I guess there are days when I don't feel like I'm good enough and wanted reassurance. LOL Now I'm feeling much better.

      So, here I am today to give you an exciting news. This hub is a Hubnugget Wannabe! How's that for a wonderful gift of surprise? Hahahahah Yaaaaaaayyyyy! So just click on this link and it will take you to the voting poll where you can vote and read about the Hubnuggets! Ooops, the link before I forget (hehe) http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/Newsflash-10-...

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      rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Excellent article. Congrats on your HubNuggets nomination.

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      Leslie Lee Sanders 7 years ago from Queen Creek, Arizona

      Many thank yous! I'm glad you learned a few extra tips. :)

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      RedSonja94 7 years ago from Michigan

      Great ideas! I'm really happy I read this and I think I learned a lot from it as well. Very well written.

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      Leslie Lee Sanders 7 years ago from Queen Creek, Arizona

      Examples are an easy way to understand what's being said. I'm glad you find it helpful. Thanks!

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      bayareagreatthing 7 years ago from Bay Area California

      Hey thanks for all the great tips! I especially like the way you helped us see what "memorable' means by giving a good example, and a bad example! Great article!

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      Leslie Lee Sanders 7 years ago from Queen Creek, Arizona

      You're welcome. Thanks for commenting!

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      Good stuff...thanks! :)

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      I like! Thanks for the tips!

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      Leslie Lee Sanders 7 years ago from Queen Creek, Arizona

      Thank you, Scott! *flattered*

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      Scott.Life 7 years ago

      See you could have charged 50 dollars just for that consult. You're onto something here I'm telling you. You're building a career...Is it obvious that I've been on my computer for three days straight?