by Susan Wingate
Because there are literally millions of writers out there competing for the same very few publishers and literary agents, a talent for identifying other creative avenues for publishing is crucial.
We must utilize all of the cannons we have in our armory. There are many things you can do but here are three distinct ways to develop other avenues and to get noticed:
1. Network with people - meet people at: art exhibits, writer's conferences, the theatre. Make sure people know you're a writer. People are very interested in our career choice. Tell them all about yourself and be honest. Tell them you're emerging or if you're published. It's a great way to meet people and a great topic.
2. Develop a High-tech presence - get a website & a blog, sign up on Myspace, AuthorsDen, AuthorsandExperts, and Squidoo. Search the web for writers associations. You'll get pages of great links to choose from. This can be a bit time-consuming so plan to work on this when you have an extra hour to commit to the task.
3. Join Writers Association - locally, regionally and nationally. If you're a romance writer, join the Romance Writers of America and then join your local chapter. The same goes for every genre writer. Join PEN International. If you're a woman join the International Women Writers Guild. Join online groups as well. I have found many great writing opportunities by being a member of an online group that is adjunct to a local, regional or national affiliated association. It's worth the few extra emails in your inbox.
By making yourself known literally and virtually (with web presences) you'll not only increase your chances for recognition but you'll also increase your chances to get work, offline and online.
(to learn more about Susan Wingate go to Susan Wingate's Website