Don’t go without a business card.
The best business cards are the ones that stand out in the fishbowl, and demand attention before being slid into a wallet, but that doesn’t always mean expensive or unconventional.
If you already have one and it’s plain, but it does the job – it’s important that you go to a writer’s conference with SOMEthing to leave behind with the amazing writers, agents, editors and publishers you’re going to meet there.
A writer’s business card should contain AT LEAST:
Author’s real name and pen name
Title(s) of your work. If your WIP doesn’t have a title, it’s ok to give it a working title, or to just provide a synopsis.
How to contact you
Links to your online presence
If you decide to go with something simple, we recommend that you include:
Your pen name
Social media URLs (e.g., @RalphsDesign and fb.com/RalphsDesign)
Website, blog or landing page where you are developing your platform
For those further along, you can include:
The URL for where your book can be purchased
One side match the cover of your book (if you’ve retained the rights).
Here is a sample business card from Zazzle.com. Note that it’s quite unlike the typical business card, but make no mistake: your book is your business.
Do you have an author business card and if so what do you recommend a new author to put on their card? Do you have more than one business card, perhaps one for each book?