20 Ways to Get Yourself Out There as a Writer



by Kelly D. Smith


1. Get out there! Meet people, and don’t be scared to say you are a writer.

2. Blog- now, is blogging really worth it? I’m not sure, I’m actually going to be talking about that soon but I enjoy it!

3. Guest blog, because really if you’re going to do it why not start with someone else’s hard work?!

4. Make sure you have your books on your blog, website, Facebook, and anywhere else!

5. Reach out to local bookstores. They will be thrilled to meet you and even more excited to help you out. Most local book stores love having the chance to work with you.

6. Let people sample your work. Either with blogs post excerpts; printing them off and handing them out, or reading them to random people on the bus!

7. Ask friends and family to help promote you.

8. Reach out to other authors; some won’t blink but others will do everything they can to help!

9. Have a killer press release; this is what reviewers and other media will see first.

10. Join book clubs, Goodreads and get active with your local libraries.

11. Use websites like VitsaPrint to print off promotional material. Print off a book mark and give it to people! That way they can use a bookmark with your info on it while they are reading other books- how perfect is that!?

12. Have gorgeous graphics! We know that graphics sell; and people pay attention to good graphics- so make sure you invest in some!

13. Get reviewed! This is one of the most important things you can do. Even bad reviews (some) are better than none. Of course you want to ave more good than bad, but reviews sell. Who here has wanted to read 50SG because they’ve heard how bad it is? I know I have!

14. Create author pages everywhere you can! Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter- everywhere!

15. Go to cons! Get our there and meet people.

16. Do a book launch-even if you don’t think it will be worth it!

17. Dedicate (a small amount of) time to marketing/networking each day. An hour or two will work wonders.

18. Do interviews; I mean really; who doesn’t love talking about themselves?!

19. Reach out to book blogs and news letters- they may be more than happy to help!

20. Have a basic (if not more than basic) idea who your market, your audience and who will be buying your book! If you know them, you will know how to market to them and you will increase your chances of selling to them.




Guest post contributed by Kelly D. Smith. Kelly is a Canadian author who spends most of her time typing. Smith was homeschooled her entire life, leaving lots of time to follow her passion, which she quickly realized was writing. She is a muti-time, best selling author who spends her free time blogging, reading, cooking, or playing outside with her dog.

39 thoughts on “20 Ways to Get Yourself Out There as a Writer

  1. Grest tips, Kelly, although some bookstores don’t seem to be interested in allowing you to have a book reading or anything unless you’re a bestselling author or your book is sold in their stores. At least, not in my neck of the woods.

    And when you talk about graphics, are you talking about those comic book authors or authors in general?


  2. Reblogged this on Jens Lyon and commented:
    I have done, or plan to do, most of what’s on this list.

    How about the other writers out there? Which of these were most effective for you? Do you have any other items to add to the list?


  3. Good list, but I would add one more suggestion – promote other authors and books even more than you promote your own or yourself. You’ll receive great reciprocal promotion for your own work and will eventually become part of a very satisfying and helpful/supportive/friendly group of writers. That’s been my experience.

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  4. I really appreciate the post as I am about to release my first picture book very soon and so thank you for sharing 🙂 I’m a little hesitant to do the book launch but might just go ahead with it. We shall see…

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  5. Great suggestions, all of them. I would love to meet other writers, go to conventions and stuff. Hard to do with two jobs and family obligations.


  6. This post was like water in an oasis! I have thirsted for this type of knowledge and you broke it down so simply. I believe I shall be implimenting all 20 of the tips, even the cons and going out and meeting people. I once told some of my family and close friends about how shy I was and how nervous I would get when around new people. I’ve gotta get out of that, though. They’re just people, just like me.

    Again, great stuff!

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  7. Reading great advice like this both lifts my spirits and lowers them. Many of these things, the physical ones, are impossible to do unless you live in a country where your writing fits the language. Woe is me, I suppose, but regardless, this is one of the best “how-to-do-it” posts that I’ve read in a long time!


  8. Thank you for putting out all of this great advice!
    The third suggestion really stuck out to me. I just started blogging, and I could really use that extra boost that I could receive from guest blogging would help me to “skip the line” so to speak.
    If it’s not too much to ask, could you share my blog on your page? It would really help me a lot.


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