Wednesday is the day I like to share information, tidbits I picked up along my journey from beginner writer to published author. Information I wish someone would have shared with me back then.
Establishing Writer/Blogger Credibility
Not unlike other professions, building credibility as a writer/blogger/author can be a long and confusing process. Everyone wants to know what you have published and where. Before I actually got paid to write I did a lot of writing for free. Some of that free ‘stuff,’ I look back on now and want to cover my face in embarrassment because some of it is just plain awful.
If you want to build a successful career in the writing/publishing industry and get paid for your work, the first thing you need to do is assure your customers, editors or publisher that you are an established and respected professional.
To improve your work and gain credibility you need to write everything you write like a professional. That includes Facebook posts, e-mails, tweets, blog posts, text messages, etc…
Publishers, editors and agents want the writers/authors they work with to be credible and to have a national platform. Your blog can be an effective part of your national platform if you have attracted engaged national readers.
How do you attract those readers so you can engage them so you can gain credibility?
It really isn’t about the numbers.
There are some companies out there that will promise you thousands of followers, page impressions, unique visitors and so on and so on but the fact is once you write outstanding content and you build a relationship with your readers the numbers will follow.
A few ideas:
- Write witty opinion pieces or letters to the editor of your local newspapers. Once they print it or post it on their website, you are published.
- Read and leave meaningful comments on as many blogs as you possibly can.
- Engage in virtual conversations on large websites such as the Huffington Post, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post and your areas largest newspapers and magazines.
- A bit of advice would be to think about and edit your comments to be more intellectual than emotional. Try to keep your responses positive.
- Maintain consistency. Post good content on a consistent schedule. (I need to follow my own advice.)
- Attend workshops and conferences
- There are a lot of bloggers out there looking for guest posts. Write for them.
- When you write, know your facts and back them up with sources if needed.
- We all have our political opinions. Most of us are passionate about those opinions. It is a good idea if you are trying to build credibility to fact check anything political before you share.
- Read more than the catchy headline before you share anything. It is crucial that your readers trust you.
- Get out and meet people in real life. Join or start a writing group. Look for networking opportunities. Hand out business cards with your blog/website address.
- Edit every single thing you write. Read it out loud. (I am still working on this one.)
What have you done to gain credibility?
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About the Author
Vikki Claflin is an award-winning humor writer and blogger, public speaker, and former newspaper columnist who lives in Hood River, Oregon. Her celebrated humor blog Laugh Lines shares the hilarious ups and down of midlife.Follow
Insecure Writers support group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!Follow
It’s snowing. The weather forecasters did a good job of frightening us into stocking our refrigerators, cancelling our plans and parking our cars.
The 159th Academy of Music Concert and Ball in Philadelphia was canceled for the first time in history. The airport closed and the governor issued a State of Emergency.Follow
On Wednesday I like to share information I picked up on my path to publishing, marketing and preparing to publish again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then.
To Agent or Not and How the Heck do you Find One…Follow
With the world-wide success of Riverdance and more recently Lord of the Dance, Irish dancing schools in Ireland and North America are filling up with young students wanting to learn the dancing styles that brought Jean Butler and Michael Flatley international fame.
Brittany Schmid saw Riverdance when she was four-years-old and fell in love. Her mother signed her up for classes, she went on to compete and win and now her dream of opening her own dance school is coming true!Follow
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.Follow
It truly never is too late for firsts and December 25, 2015 was the first time I ever went to see a movie on Christmas Day. I was amazed to find the theatre so full that we had to sit in the front row. It wasn’t so bad thanks to the reclining seats at our local Regal. Despite some lukewarm reviews I was looking forward to seeing, Joy.
Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DiNiro and Bradley Cooper reunite in, Joy their third David O Russell written and directed film.Follow
Wednesday is the day I share what I have learned on my journey from writing to publication, marketing and writing and publishing again. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. If you have any tips please share them with us…
Once you become a published author you have no idea who may be stalking visiting your website. If a member of the media visits looking for information on you and/ or your book what will they find? Professional bloggers should have media kits too.Follow