Monday, May 3, 2010

Business of Writing: Developing Online Presence

A few days ago, I was sharing my vision of an online writing portfolio with you. Today I’d like to expand on those thoughts and discuss your online presence. So many sites ask us to have a profile page, username and password. Creativity is great, but if you want to be taken seriously, consistency is vital.

Using Word, make a skeleton profile that you can copy and paste in all your communities and networking sites. Tailor it to each specific community, detailing your contributions to them as necessary. Refer to this profile when applying for and bidding on jobs and assignments.

Provide a decent picture (i.e. professional photo) of yourself, and if you don’t want to do that, develop a logo or brand name for yourself like C. J. Pumpkins did. Companies almost always search online to see who they might consider working with these days. Your prospects of being selected to work, or writing for a well established firm, will be much greater if they see you as a professional through your online presence.