There are some very valuable resources many bloggers and writers in the pet industry take advantage of to network and gain exposure for their published articles. Two networking events, Barkworld and BlogPaws are excellent venues to find contacts, collaborate, and learn new blogging techniques through workshops. But what about unique activities you want to be doing daily, weekly and monthly to step up your game and separate yourself from the ‘pack’? These five resources can absolutely help your pet writing career!
Yes, I realize you already have a profile on LinkedIn and lots of juicy contacts with a few recommendations. But now step it up and publish an article on LinkedIn to gain even more exposure and give you yet another writing sample for your portfolio. How do you go about doing this? It is simple, click on the link http://specialedition.linkedin.com/publishing/?trk=eml-mktg-opp-m-invite-0219-linkshare and get to work! Good luck, and please send me an email when you are published. I’ll brag about you in other articles and through my social networking channels!
- Women in the Pet Industry Network
This is one obviously intended for women only. I especially like the idea of this pet industry specific network because it seems pretty focused. Their main goals are to cultivate ideas, goals and partners. They have monthly conference calls that are a great way to stay connected and motivated. Check out this network and be sure to ask them (before you join) if there is a way to write an article for them and get it in front of their members. Even if the say no, they will probably have some other ideas for you!
I absolutely love MeetUp for networking, but there are ways to use it to gain exposure for your writing. For instance, once you become involved with your MeetUp (if you are not already) ask the organizer if you can write a handout for the next MeetUp. Your handout can be lessons that are specific to the MeetUp, a description of the MeetUp or a creative description of something that ties in to the MeetUp. For instance, if your MeetUp is a small dog MeetUp, provide an article that reviews your favorite toys for dogs under 15lbs. At the end of your article, have a bio box with your contact information and let them know you offer freelance services! This is free advertising!
- Chicken Soup for the Soul
Go to their website and hop on the email distribution list. Now that you have signed up for their announcements and emails, go back to the website and browse their possible book topics, which is in the submit your story section. They frequently update this section. See if there are any topics that spark a pet story within your heart. Even if no dog or cat themed stories are listed, your story can include your pets in a different topic. They also update this section regularly. How totally pawesome would it be to get your story published in one of their pet themed books? Oh, these are paid gigs too!
If you do not already know about EzineArticles.com check out my article “Four Incredible Ways EzineArticles will Dramatically Help Your Small Business.” Now that you are convinced, make it a goal to become a diamond writer in the pet category. This is a great way to show off your writing talent, gain overall exposure and perhaps get hired for some freelance work!
Aligning your goals with your resources is key to implementing a strategy that will greatly improve your results. Be sure to make specific timelines in your journal so your daily tasks will help you achieve your writing goals. Stay positive and active, so your creative juices will continue flow and take you on a journey specific to you!