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2. Write articles and publish them online. There are plenty of online journals and ezines. Basically, you must turn yourself into an expert. Use ALL of your experience for this. Have you had a child? Several? Have you taught them to drive? Did you survive high school? Do you know how to make a smashing cup of tea? Have you recently discovered the cure for cancer? Pick your area of expertise. Everything counts. Read You're an Expert! How to Make Money Writing Nonfiction Articles for some great tips on making the most out of your expertise.
3. If you are a fiction writer, you also have the option of publishing short stories. Click HERE to find a literary magazine that will give your story a home.
4. If you have a book ready for publication, and not even that agent in Zanzibar will answer your query letter, then you may want consider going Indie. But, before you self-publish, you should post excerpts from your forthcoming book. (This is a great marketing strategy.) Many reviewers are willing to post excerpts from forthcoming novels on their blogs. Here is a list of over 400 reviewers who accept self-published books, many of whom are delighted to post excerpts. Most accept traditionally published books as well, and more than a few will be happy to interview you.
5. Do reviews/articles for sites that get a lot of traffic, such as blogcritics. See: Precycling: A Great Way to Get the Most Mileage Out of Your Blogs
6. Once you have published some articles give talks, in person, and give webinars and/or interviews online. Read Arranging Your Own Book Tour.
7. BLOG!! I cannot stress this enough. Agents who receive your query will google you. If you maintain a blog - on any topic - they will read a few posts. (So make sure you check grammar, spelling, and punctuation.) Readers will also look for your blog. One of the many benefits of a blog is that it allows you to acquire an email list. You may not need that list now, but I guarantee you will need it later when you send out your pre-order announcements. (You need pre-orders for your book.)
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