For those of us who are leery of tooting our own horn, there are ways you can begin to get your name out there.
There are several organizations you can join to begin networking.
State Writing Organizations
Reading Organizations (RIF, First Books, IRA are a few)
Some will give a CTA on their blog looking for guest bloggers. You can also offer to write a post on someone else’s blog. Usually you will give a short bio and a few social links to go along with the post.
Talk About Others
Give shout outs to people who inspire you, who you find doing what you want to do, who have accomplished something major, or any other thing you would like to give a pat on the back. Letting people know that you think they are doing something awesome is… well, awesome! 🙂 Then when you have happy news, you will more than likely get those shout outs coming back at you.
You can do something as simple as reading at a local public library or school library. Or you can offer to help during a conference or convention. The main thing is you will learn first hand knowledge on the inner workings, what works better, and how to handle certain situations.
While you doing this, you are networking with people in your field. You will become more comfortable on working with people and how to approach them too. Putting yourself out there can be a scary, unsure thing, but it will also get you an added bonus when trying to excel in your field.
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Are there some other organizations you love to be apart of?
How else do you get your name out there?
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The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators has been around for quite some time. It is a world-wide organization that helps bring the #kidlit world together and encourages the best in all of us.
SCBWI is broken down into regions. While USA has two major conferences, each region will have conferences too. I’m located in Southern Breeze region. We have two regional conferences one in the Spring and one in the Fall. I’m also the Local Liaison for South Georgia of the Southern Breeze region. As a Local Liaison, I reach out to newcomers and see if they have any questions and try to make them feel welcomed. I’m also encouraged to hold mini-get-togethers (smoozes) where we can share ideas, critique stories, hold workshops, etc. All this builds community.
Here is a little bit about SCBWI from their website:
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, is one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. Our mission is to support the creation and availability of quality children’s books around the world. We accomplish this by fostering a vibrant community of individuals who bring books for young readers to the public including writers, illustrators, translators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers, bloggers, enthusiasts and others. We provide education and support for these individuals and the community through our awards, grants, programs and events. We strive to increase the quality and quantity of children’s books in the marketplace, and act as a consolidated voice for writers and illustrators of children’s books worldwide.
Membership in the SCBWI is open to anyone with an active interest in children’s literature from picture books to young adult novels. We welcome aspiring and published writers and illustrators, librarians, educators, artists, students, dramatists, musicians, filmmakers, and others. A passion for children’s literature is our #1 criterion.
SCBWI is now home to THE BLUE BOARD! I cannot stress how helpful and valuable this forum is to me! When I started writing professionally 15 years ago, this was one of the first writing forums I came across. It’s still here! That in its self is a testament as to how valuable it is. There is a search option, if you are looking for something specifically. Or just start browsing the boards. BUT have some time on your hands. There is so much information contained there!
There is a membership fee for SCBWI and an annual due, but I must say it is well worth the cost.
This is the main organization I stress to anyone who writes for children!
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I have been going over social media outlets and still have a few to touch on. Today I really want to give you tips on why you should consider your platform and the world you are building for.yourself. Think of a store front that you see going through your downtown area or in a mall. You will obviously recognize the major brands and eventually you will get familiarized with the “mom & pop” stores too. BUT there lies the problem. You have to get familiarized with them.
THIS is why platform building is such a great opportunity to market yourself to your customers. They will begin to see your name and your business out there in the public eye and begin to trust the services you say and do provide.
Here are a few things to consider with your platform building:
Your name (brand).
What is your message you are wanting to get across. Are you a writer? Baker? Lawyer? Hair stylist? Boutique owner? If you own your own business, you need to get your name out to the local public.
How people preceive you.
How do you come across to people? Really target the types of people you want to come into your business. Even if it is an online business, they still have to click and browse!
-Clothing… you might want to have the latest styles you have available.
-Cooking… How about a gallery of your finished products.
-Writing/Illustrating… Let people see your work (published pieces or glimpse of unfinished artwork), freebies.
Do you give discounts or raffles? Do you have giveaways? Or referral systems?
What you want to accomplish.
Of course you want people to buy, but you also want them to talk about your business too. You need the word of mouth to help you in your business. Platform building makes that more than easy to do with all the instant buttons for people to click. This makes is simple to share, like, reblog, etc about you.
What can you give back.
Yes, what can you give back. Again, freebies, giveaways, referrals, etc. Do you do something in your community? Are you in any organizations that help out? Let people know that you not only care about their business, but that you care about the community in which you live in.
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I have started a Platform Building Consultation Service. I am offering to review what you have on social media & give my honest opinion on how you can approach your chosen audience to make your business more public friendly. I will also give suggestions on how to handle the various Social Media Outlets (SMO) you are interested in and not be overwhelmed by it all. Because let’s face it, it is a lot.
The outlets I am currently offering my services on are:
What will I do:
I will find out what your intentions are for the public’s eye.
I will give an overall opinion on how your SMO comes across to me at first glance.
I will go in and give an in-depth look at the different levels of your SMO. (website/blogs)
I will send you a document with all my Pros and Considerations of your chosen SMO.
I also can provide you with an online meeting that will be privately recorded for your continued use.
(You will need a Google+ account to have meeting. All recordings are set to private. I will send you the direct link)
I charge $100.00 per hour. One hour minimum required and must be paid upfront.
I accept PAYPAL and/or CHECKS.
Upfront payment must be received and cleared to receive services requested. Afterwards, I will bill you in 15 minute intervals for any additional time.
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I am not offering to write post or bring in new followers/fans/likes. That will be up to you.
I AM offering the support of the beginning your SMO or redesign of your already established presence on the SMO for public friendliness.
Hope to hear from you soon. AND don’t be afraid to get out there and get noticed!
Yep… that and faith and trust and a little dust…er, elbow grease. 😉
Do you have a dream?
Writing, drawing, cooking, photography, being a great mom…
Well all you have to do is have FAITH. Get a plan together. Make short-term goals to meet your long-term goal. What are the steps you have to take to achieve each short-term goal. Do they all build on each other to reach your long-term goal?
Take classes, practicing, meeting others in your field, trying different mediums… these are just a few things you can do to begin your journey.
Then there is TRUST. Take that first step. Join organizations, groups, communities. All these will not only give you knowledge, but will also give you support in what you are trying to accomplish. Trust is a lot. It is hart. It is worth it!
Don’t forget the DUST! Get in there and get involved. Time to roll up the sleeve and put your back into it. Trial and error DOES NOT mean you fail. It means you are trying. I rather have a million fails, then to look back and wished I had tried.
What are your happy thoughts? Those things that make you want to spread your wings and soar.
Mine? Well it has actually changed over time. To begin with… I wanted to write well.
Once I really dove into it, my plans changed. I wanted to become a published author.
Now? I want to be able to call writing my full-time career.
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Good luck and YOU CAN FLY!
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Tips! I love them. I take them to heart. I try to follow them and incorporate them into my writing. How about you? What do you do to help take your writing further? What do you do to expand your knowledge of the craft? Here are a few things I am doing this year:
LEARNING MY CRAFT
There are many challenges out there to push you in your writing, keep you accountable, and find a community of writers. Starting off the year, I am participating in 12×12 Challenge, Start the Year Off Write, and ReviMo. (click on the badges to find out more and participate yourself!) Eventually PiBoWriWee and PiBoIdMo will come. AND ***SNEAK PEEK! SNEAK PEEK!*** I am working behind the scenes with some colleagues to get a challenge to kick the Summer months off. SO STAY TUNED TO THIS BLOG!
The best thing about participating? The people! Let’s face it writing is an isolating profession. Writing challenges bring people together and brain storm, talk about the craft, and somewhere to have a sound board.
There are some great organizations or groups you can join too. The SOCIETY OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS, The CHILDREN’S BOOK INSIDER, and The INSTITUTE OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE RX are just a few. These groups share insider information on editors and agents. They also post exciting news such as winners of awards, new sales, and new businesses that are opening in the field. PLUS there are many, many, many groups on FaceBook that you can search for. These groups share support, encourage writing, network about the writing field, and on and on I could go. 😀
The old adage “Write what you know.” is true. So READ what interests you. Read for the entertainment and enjoyment of the piece. THEN read it again… look the format, outline, and white space of the material. Map it out with high and low points. Break it down… even picture books have layers!!! What is the overall theme? What is underneath? Type it out! YES, type it out. You will get a feel on how the manuscript flows, not the end piece, but the actual words. Really dissect the work and get to the bare bones of the material.
LEARNING MY CRAFT
Read how-to books!!! Yes, MORE reading.
Take classes. You don’t have to go to college to do this. There are plenty of courses available online… some are free.
Discuss your manuscript with like-minded people. I’m not talking about your spouse (unless they write -and in your genre) or your best friend or your children. Get someone else in your genre to give you an honest critique. Critique groups are a great way to build your craft and make your writing stronger.
So that should give you are great start to begin your writing journey OR to give you a boost on your continued journey. I would love to hear about what you do to give yourself the shot in the arm and get your writing going! Leave me a comment below!!!