Wednesday, June 5, 2013

IWSG for June - The Importance of a Business Card


The Insecure Writer's Support Group was created by Alex Cavanaugh. The purpose of IWSG is 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!

First an apology! I believe I slept through last month's IWSG posting. Odd, considering how much I look forward to it. Maybe I had a lot on my plate. I hope you do too--have a lot on your plate, I mean. Having deadlines, ideas and staying busy with our writing is encouragement in itself, don't you think?

 I can remember when I was embarrassed to tell anyone I was a writer. I felt like such a phony with few credits and not much self-discipline when it came to a real writer’s schedule. Sometimes I still have an attack of insecurity or shyness. We all know when we say, “I’m a writer” the next question is “Oh, what do you write, any best sellers? Something I may have read?” If you can hold your number of credits in the palm of your hand, you probably shrink into yourself and mumble something unintelligible.

I always wonder when someone asks what my book is about if they really want to know. My explanations are brief—probably too brief to do my book justice! That’s why I like to blog. When I’m asked about my writing, it’s easier to hand the person my card and say, “Visit my blog and get to know me.” Or, “Visit my blog and see my new cover.” Or, “Visit my blog and read about all my writer friends!”

I can’t stress the importance of a business card. For writer’s conferences they’re a must, and don’t underestimate their value when it comes to your everyday living, shopping, hanging out at your favorite coffee shop. I have friends who always leave a card with their tip so their server can check out their books. Another friend tucks her card in with her check when she pays bills. I’ve been known to place my business card in library books or magazines at the book store—a good reason not to have your home address or phone number on them.

Do you have a business card? If not, make some—using good quality paper. I order mine from Vistaprint and utilize the backside too. Click on the pic to make it larger.

How do you use your business cards? Share some creative ways you get your name out there using them.

On another note, I’d like to help promote you—whether you have a business card or not! Check out my Be My Guest post for details. Scroll down to read L. Diane Wolfe's post on how to write a nonfiction book. Diane was my first guest. Join her ... read my guidelines carefully, and be my guest!

 

10 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I always keep a few business cards handy. I have to have two, one for writing and one for teaching

Laura said...

A little too early in my case, but a good thing to think about for the future :)

Karen Walker said...

Good advice, Jess.

M. J. Joachim said...

Business cards can easily be made on most computers and printed off quickly. Every problem has a solution. Every solution is only the beginning...

Lexa Cain said...

I've always thought being a writer meant no need for business cards because I'm self-employed, no one works for me and I don't work for anyone. But now that you've shown me good uses for them, I totally get it. :-)

Kirsten said...

What a great idea! I hadn't considered 'real world' ways to spread the word, but a business card would be a great way to do that.
I like how yours is fun, colorful and nevertheless professional and informative!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I have postcards of my book covers which I started to leave in cafes and on buses. I never thought about magazines - that's a really good tip!

Lynn said...

YAY, I do have a business card! But I do forget to hand it out -ha. How are you? Now that school is over (err, has been for a few weeks now), I'll write you a letter soon!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I have a business card! Still feels weird to hand it to anyone, even after two books, but I have one.

Mike Nehan said...

Yes you are right. Business cards are not just small things, they have great values. A good business card can always influence people to a larger extent.