The Insecure Writers Support Group
It’s another first Wednesday of the month when all the IWSGers post on their blogs about their writing insecurities or offer some encouragement to others. If you are new to the IWSG, then please check out our IWSG Sign-up tab here and join up. A big thank you to our co-hosts for this month's posting: Tamara Narayan, Tonja Drecker, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Lauren @ Pensuasion, Stephen Tremp, and Julie Flanders!
A new feature we’ve introduced here at the IWSG is a question each month. The big question for this month: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
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.
- Does your site appear professional?
- Do you have up to date blog posts and current information?
- Is the site easy to navigate?
- Is your contact information easy to find? It is so frustrating when you want to contact someone and can’t find their email address. Contact forms can be frustrating too. You should definitely list an actual email address. If you aren’t comfortable with that start an email account specifically for your website.
- Do you have an easily accessible media kit?
- Your media kit should be easy to find on your website and should include:
- 2 author bios. 1 long (500-750 words) and 1 short (200 words or less)
- Include several current and professionally done author photos, (350 dpi.) All of the photos do not all have to be headshots.
- If you have any early reviews include a few lines from the best ones.
- Any writing or blog awards
- Sample interview questions and answers (3 or 4)
- Links to podcasts of TV or radio interviews you have done. If you don’t have any, have a friend interview you and create a video.
- A press release
- Complete contact information for you, your publicist and/ or your publisher
It took you months or maybe even years to write your book. You put a lot of time, talent and love into your blog so it is a good idea to spend at least a few days working on your media kit and also a good idea to have your editor look it over.
Answer to the #IWSG question of the month- My first piece of writing was a historical fiction novel. I am still in love with the story and am considering retrieving it from the damp, dusty basement container its been stuck in for 30+ years, soon.