How to Build your Online Presence as a Writer

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Oh the internet, you can drown in the sea of all the other writers hoping to get their work and themselves noticed. Maybe your stuff is good and/or you’d like to improve, but you as a writer and your work may never see the light of day because, well, where do you start?

Although these tips are mostly for preparing to publish or for works that haven’t been published but are available online, some of these tips are still relevant to self-published authors. However, another post to separately address the self-published authors version of this post will be made.

  • Prep Your Social Media Accounts. Claim your name, pen name, or whatever name you’re going to use when publishing your novels, poetry, etc. on all the social media sites you think you will use, or will use. Then start talking about relevant things, books, authors, stories, poets, poetry, and connect with people. Also make sure to link to any free work you have available, it will help garner you an early audience.
  • Blog. It’s never to early or too late to blog. I’m an example of the former, I simply love writing, and am willing to spend time sharing what I know and researching to learn more and share with others. Just know it’s not about posting once a month, or about stuff that is not relevant to writing if you are in fact trying to bring attention to your work. If you don’t like blogging, or don’t want to, don’t! Don’t do it simply to market, but because you want to share. Being active is very important, but being genuine is more so.
  • Be Active on Writing Websites. These are websites to share your work and to get feedback as well as to gain an early following. Personally I use wattpad. I’m sure there are more than those I have listed below but these are two I know of. Remember these sites are for use to garner an audience and not to make money. On these two sites I’m recommending your work is protected and all rights to your works posted on these sites remain completely yours (read their terms of service for more info).
  • Write on by Amazon
  • Wattpad
  • Writing Forums and Websites. Although a bit on the smaller scale, this will help you reach out to other writers for added advice. Maybe someone knows a website you don’t? Or a way to advertise your stories or edit and prep to publish that you don’t. More opinions are always welcome especially by already published authors!
  • Writer’s Cafe on the KBoards is a good place to start.
  • Goodreads! This is an exceptional place to start setting up shop whether you’re self published or thinking about it. Make your profile, write something that people can’t help but want to read (or save that for when you’re going to publish), claim your author url, and be active in the groups which in themselves can be a great help to you.
  • Always Search for More Places to Make a Presence. You can’t know it all, but you can always keep learning. Discovery is one of the great things about the internet, there are so many resources. Find other websites, read more articles, and bookmark those you want to use in the future. Marketing is extremely important as a self-published author and you’re the one who’s in charge so learn as much as you can while you have the time!

Have any tips you’d like to share? Have you made a post about this topic elsewhere? Share with us in the comments below, and as always if you have any questions about writing that need answers, ask in the comments or on Twitter. @Webnovelist

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