Write something. Seriously. Even if you know how and where to submit material and ask for work, it’s both a confidence builder and practical necessity to have some material written. You can show it off as a sample or even submit it.
I started by writing a 300 page epic on time travel that no one wanted to look at. I started a little too big. Five years and 22 publications later, I’ve decided to just develop the book myself.
Create a Website
A website is the modern business card. It tells people who you are. It provides examples of your work. It tells people how to contact you. You need one.
If your only option is a free site, get one without popups, just add banners. I highly recommend coughing up 120$ a year for a site without adds and your own domain name.
If your HTML-Fu isn’t that great, make the site simple and clean. You only NEED a few things on your site.
– Your name and email address (Contact Us)
– Examples of your work (best on a sub-page, gallery for an artist)
– A little about yourself (what do you do – art, layout, editing, writing?)
– Just a splash of art (don’t steal, chase down some free clipart).
Optional site elements include links, galleries, photos, games, a web comic, a message board,
Don’t put music on your main page (Index.html). Don’t put popups on your main page. Check your spelling. Don’t write text that sounds nervous or bragging.