Friday, February 25, 2011

Connections Count

Let's say you want to hire a website designer. I'm considering doing just that in a few months, when I know more about the release date, the final title, and the cover design of my mystery novel coming out from Bell Bridge Books.
  • How would you find him?
  • How would you research his talent?
  • How would you get in touch with him?
  • How would you pay him?
How to find him:
  • Contact people who have great websites and ask for their recommencations (i.e., word of mouth)
  • Research other author websites and note any connecting links or logos to the designer.
  • Google "web design for authors" and other configurations and note the results.
How to research his talent:
  • Again, talk to those who have used him.
  • Study the samples at his website.
  • Do a search for any negative remarks about him.
How would you get in touch with him:
  • Email
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Phone
How would you pay him:
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • PayPal (which handles all of the above)
Now . . . if someone was trying to hire a writer, and you were such a writer needing said work, how would someone find you? Repeat the above steps.

If you don't make yourself readily available, readily read, or readily discovered, you are your own worst enemy when it comes to earning a living as a writer. No excuses. No "buts." In essence, no work,  because you haven't put yourself out there for others to find.

Be seen. Be professional. Be a writer. Be online, connected, and receptive so others can find you.


Alexis Grant said...

Hope -- You've hit the nail on the head with this one. I can't tell you how many people have approached me with writing gigs, for advice or asking to interview me simply because I'M EASY TO FIND. And as a journalist, I'm more likely to contact someone who has a Website and their contact information prominently displayed than tracking down a difficult-to-contact expert with the same qualifications.

Here's something to add to that: By focusing on SEO in your blogging (which I blogged about recently), you can help your name pop up higher on Google when folks search for terms you write about, which makes you even EASIER to find.

My last interview request was from CosmoTV. Never talked to them before, but they found me (I believe) through Google.

Hope Clark said...

I can't preach this enough. You are right on target, Lexi. I landed a $750 gig once because they found me online, read my resume, and called the number on that resume. "We like your qualifications. Would you write this interview for us?" You just never know.

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