I keep reading that aspiring writers need business cards. It's all part of that thing called "Networking." I have no idea how it works, but I do use business cards in my day job. In fact, a couple of weeks ago I went to a day-job conference and I handed out at least twenty cards, and I got a lot of cards back. That's what you do at day-job conferences. So, writers do the same thing?
What would I put on the card? The day-job business card is easy to put together. In fact, I just went to my company's intranet, filled out a template: my number goes here, my email-address here, the company logo there, my official job title there. It was that easy. I didn't even have to pay for it!
But now, I want to put together a business card to hand out to people at a writer's conference (in three weeks). I don't have a writer's job title. Do I put "Aspiring Writer"? I have no real writing credits to claim. Where do I go to get business cards? (I know my day-job wouldn't flip the bill.) How much do they cost? Would a cheap quality business card doom my chances of being networked into the system? Do I go with a fancy design, or just a standard simple old-fashioned professional card?
Let's see: if I google "freelance writer business cards", here's a site that comes up:
Those are some pretty fancy looking cards. Let's see: here's one with a picture of a typewriter to the right, and stuff to the left. It sells for $19.10 for a pack of 100 cards. I can choose several background colors: white, cream, gold, etc. Non-white colors cost extra. I'd like to know how fast they can send the cards, but I can't go any further in the website without creating an account. Maybe later, guys!
Let's see: here's an article on whether or not business cards are still worth it:
Well - the fact that the article mentions that they still pass cards to each other at conferences implies that if I don't have cards - I may stand out as being non-networky. I guess I don't want that.
This other link has some interesting business cards. I don't think I'll get this wacky!
Okay - I finally found a website with advice on writer business cards. They write that I should "look for sharp designs that reflect <my> genre and avoid busy graphics." They also mention VistaPrint, Moo, and Zazzle.
Or I could just go down to the Office Depot and have them whip together some business cards. Yikes - so many decisions! (And all I want to do is write and magically have everyone read my stuff!)
Well - I'll let you know how it goes. I'll post a picture once I get a card put together.