When I talked about two free sites to look for places to submit your work, I had also mentioned about the phenomenon that happens when editors come to you for work. (By the way, if you haven’t read the comments on my post about Duotrope and Ralan, take a look. Some new sites added!)
I’d like to talk a little bit about the timing for when this sort of thing occurs. An editor typically doesn’t “find” you right off the bat; referrals take a lot of time based on how build your career and reputation as a writer. I’ve found that if you want those referrals, it’s essential that when you’re putting yourself out there, you maintain a good reputation. I can not say enough how easy it is to ruin your online reputation but, on the flip slide, it’s just as easy to start building a great one.
If you believe, as I do, that we’re all part of a vibrant community of writers and editors then this post is for you. By keeping other writers’ interests at heart through word-of-mouth advertising and referrals, you can maintain your network, build relationships, get referrals for work, attract readers, and a whole lot more!