Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Have You Wikied Yourself Yet?

On Monday the South Bend Tribune published an article on self-promotion as a good thing. In the article, they noted, "After his 11-minute MySpace: The Movie, became a YouTube phenomenon -- 8 million views and counting -- David Lehre scored an agent and is now developing a comedy show with Fox. Brooke Brodack signed a deal with Carson Daly Productions after Daly noticed the 20-year-old's YouTube videos. Book deals for bloggers are now so common that they have their own trophy, the Lulu Blooker Prize: the first winner was Julie Powell, whose book Julie and Julia has sold more than 100,000 copies."

As part of the article, they described six ways to self-promote your work via the Internet -- as described by Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More. One of his points was to make yourself easy to find. As part of this suggestion, he recommended that you give YOURSELF an entry in Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia of encyclopedias. Do it today.

Go to wikipedia.org. Search for your name. If there's not an entry, write one. It's that simple. You'll have to create a personal account in Wikipedia before you can create an entry. Note that they discourage promotional entries, so focus on the books you've published and the things you've done to help people.

Check out John Kremer at wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_kremer.

After you do that, read the rest of the South Bend Tribune article at South Bend Article.
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