Today we're going to move on to another element of building your writer platform -- making yourself available to the media and niche sites or publications. If you began creating new freebies yesterday, you should continue with those daily as well until they're ready to be released on your site or blog.
Previously we talked about blog tours and guest posts and how exposure on niche sites can be good for business as a freelance writer. It helps build your authority status. That, in turn, can make you a go-to source for prospective clients. You can do the same thing (and often more effectively) by offering yourself up as an expert source in your niche or industry to members of the media. In other words, rather than writing guest submissions for them you'll offer quotes or interviews. Today we'll look at some free tactics for getting your name out there as an expert source.
- Sign up as a source with Help a Reporter Out (HARO). When you do, you'll receive emails listing reporter requests for information. If you see a request within your specialty area that you're qualified to address, you can then contact that reporter to offer yourself as a source for the article or other piece they're creating.
- If you're on Twitter, follow @ExpertTweet. Expert Tweet is a Twitter application that lets journalists post their expert source or info requests to the Expert Tweet community via Twitter. By following them, you'll see those requests in real time, and you can respond to offer yourself as a source.
- Brainstorm two or three mid to large-sized publications or websites that you would love to be interviewed for or cited in. Think of a few timely issues in your niche and put together short pitches to send them. Just shoot the story idea over and explain your credentials. Let them know you'd be happy to talk to them about the topic if they need quotes or other information.
Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.
She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.
Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.
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