TOPIC: Beyond postcards: how are you expanding your promotion efforts?
First off, Tweet of the night honors go to:
@barrygott: You mean there's something beyond postcards? Weird.
@NVCrittenden: Singing telegrams????
Showing portfolio face-to-face
Paid portfolio sites such as ChildrensIllustrators.com; picture-book.com; altpick
Free portfolio sites such as Illustration Mundo
SCBWI: conferences; paid portfolio reviews; submitting to Bulletin; Tomie dePaola Award
Sample packets (example: Meg Hunt's promo packet)
Portfolios on CD (controversy noted: ADs split on this)
Online presence: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook
Website tips: "two-click" rule (should not take more than two clicks to reach portfolio images); have samples/thumbnails on landing page; track visits to site with free service such as StatCounter
Lynn Alpert (@RedStepchild)'s response to requests from self-publishers
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