Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The One Thing You Must Do This Year For Greater Recognition For Your Writing Efforts!
In an effort to get more "peepers" on your posts, no doubt you've scoured the Net for needed answers.
Experts contend that "Tweeting" is the ticket to increase your traffic and your online exposure.
While others in-the-know suggest that you make the rounds of the social media circuit "to win friends and influence people."
And you don't dare dismiss the advice that content is King.
So you devote countless hours to create posts that enable you to put your proverbial best foot forward.
Here's the $64,000 dollar question, in the words of Dr. Phil: "So how's that workin' out for ya'?"
Are you falling short of your goals? Fending off fatigue? Frustrated?
"Don't it make your brown eyes blue?" :-)
Well, here's the one thing that you should add to your efforts that will help you to "work smarter, not harder" and potentially gain the recognition you desire and deserve this year.
In a word? CONTESTS!
That's right. Entering contests can escalate your writing and blogging career to new heights. And I should know.
Though I hadn't earlier on.
Here's what caused a paradigm shift.
Remember back in 2011 when I asked you guys to give your support for the annual Write to Done's Top 10 Writing Blogs Contest by casting your votes for this blog?
Well, as many of you are aware, I made it as a Top 10 finalist.
And, mind you, there were thousands of entries received for this popular competition.
(B/T/W Thanks again for your awesome support!) :-)
Even though I didn't "win" I still emerged as a winner of sorts.
That act alone has garnered more "collective" attention to my blog than guest posting, social media efforts, and begging and pleading. Seriously.
And did I mention it was tons of fun?!
Or think of it this way.
Even the finalists on American Idol garner recording contracts, acting gigs, and "groupie" gaining status.
And you can too.
With this in mind, here are a few places to enter your blog, book, or creative project for cash, prices, or minimally, more exposure and more quality connections.
1. FUNDS FOR WRITERS---Created and managed by C. Hope Clark, Funds for Writers provides weekly contest listings, along with grants and jobs for writers seeking to earn pay for their say.
2. FIVE STAR PUBLICATIONS---Sponsors the Dragonfly Awards, honoring authors in various categories. Cash prices range from $100 to $300 bucks. Click on the icon in the right side border for more details and an application.
3. ASK WENDY-THE QUERY QUEEN---Here you'll find endless updates on a variety of contests and calls for submissions to help you shine and share your works.
With this list and links, you should be off to a good start.
Wishing you much success and more moola than you can count!
Thoughts? Any award-winners out there? Don't be shy.