Okay, so EVERYONE knows you have to get your name out there. Your blogging, your facebooking, tweeting, linkin’, you even have a website and all that jazz. Then you are out about around town and someone asks how they can find you on the internet.
You fish around in your pockets (purse-for the ladies) for a scrap piece of paper and a pen… hoping that you have something to give them. And really hoping that that something is clean and doesn’t have your grocery list on the back of it.
Simple solution… get some business cards. There are plenty of places on the internet where you can purchase some at little to no costs. Ask around and see who your friends suggest. I myself have used VistaPrint and have been very satisfied with the results.
WHAT TO INCLUDE
As a writer at conferences you want to make a great impression on the agents, editors, other writers you meet. Along with meeting and chitchatting, most of us hand out business cards. Now you want your card to have important information, but also have a great reminder of who the name is connected to. Here is what I have heard and have incorporated myself that we all have found important to include on business cards:
Picture of yourself
- Phone number
Simple short and sweet. That picture of you will be very reliable whereas a picture of your book or a monogram will need notes on the back to jog their memory. You know… for me they would write “short, very curly long black hair”. hahahhahaaa. But they would need to write something to jog their memory. Just imagine how many people we all meet at a conference / festival / book signing… or even in the grocery store.
So go order some business cards and the next time you’re in the grocery store and someone wants your information you can smile and hand them a professional looking card… and not have to worry about giving them your shopping list.