Now that you have been featured in a few places, you want to get the word out!
Besides social media promotion and teaser posts, a Featured Writing page is a great way to showcase your writing outside of your blog (and brag a little).
This can be a place for your fans to go to read things that may not have been published on your own blog and can also serve as a mini resume for other bloggers, publishers, media outlets etc. that may want to work with you.
Don’t have a Featured Writing Page? Follow these steps to create one!
1. Location – Decide where you want your page to appear from a menu standpoint. You want it to appear where readers and those looking to learn more about your work would typically look, and that tends to be near the About page or possibly in an About sub menu.
2. Name – Once you’ve decided on a location for your featured writing page, think about the title. A few I have seen are:
- Featured Writing
- Featured On
- Also Seen Here
- As Featured On
- As Seen On
- Published On These Sites
- Where I’m Featured
- Find My Articles
3. Layout – There are many ways you can structure your page including text only organized by host site, listed next to host site badges, or included as a section on the page along with sections for videos, interviews, books and other media where applicable. You could also do it by topic or chronological order if that would make sense for your blog. Here are some examples of some Featured Writing pages that show a wide variety of layouts.
- Carisa Miller: Published Places
- Mommy, For Real: Featured Writing
- Journeys of The Fabulist: As Featured On
- Living The Scream: As Seen On
- Mamawolfe: Features, Interviews and Videos
- Catharsis: Published on These Sites
- Pecked To Death By Chickens: Featured Writing
- Two Cannoli: Portfolio
- Being Rudri: Publications
4. Add Links – Once you decide on the layout for your page, you are ready to start adding your article links. However you structure your page, be sure to include the names of the host sites.
5. Add Extras – You may want to add some of these optional extras to your page as well:
- Site Badges – I like to put as many badges as I can for the sites I’ve been published on in my sidebar, but if your site design doesn’t support that or you have limited real estate, the Featured Writing page can be another place to put those badges. It can also add visual interest to the page. I find that I am familiar with a lot of the sites my fellow bloggers are published on and a quick visual scan helps me quickly get a feel for their feature resume, and zero in on the ones I may want to read.
- Other Images – If you don’t want to do badges, you could always do screen shots of your posts with the site logos and link them to your articles. Be sure to add a click-able title too.
- Descriptions – You may choose to add short descriptions of each site to help guide readers, or a note about your features if there is anything you want to communicate to your readers (by site or specific to each submission).
- Other Publications – This might be a good place to present other things like books you have written, anthologies you have been a part of, future books or anthologies with cover art (if available), interviews, video appearances, columns, other writing experience, etc.
- Speaking Engagements – if you’ve done a live performance show like Listen To Your Mother or That’s What She Said (for example), this would be a good place to showcase that. Any conference presentations or other speaking engagements might also be presented here
The main thing you want to keep in mind is that you want to communicate WHERE you have been published and the type of writing they will find on each site, whether it is titles only or longer descriptions. Be creative or keep it simple. Either way, this tends to be an easy page to put together. Once you create this page, be sure to add any new features to keep it current.
If you have a favorite example Featured Writing page (yours or someone else’s), link to it in the comments!