Trying to make your name as a writer in any niche these days is hard. Whilst the web is a rich resource, it’s a busy place and users suffer from information overload. Here are 10 top sites where you can post samples of your work and short pieces for free to improve your chances of getting noticed either as a freelancer, or to attract readers, agents and publishers.
Quora is a question and answer forum, one of the global biggies. Select your areas of expertise when you create your bio. Write answers to questions given you in your feed, follow and be followed, upvote or downvote answers. Be interactive and build your presence. AR: 148
Medium hosts high quality op-eds, articles and blog posts from bright, sharp, witty writers like you. Entertain readers, pick up followers, and drive them back to your site or blog. Add tags to help readers find your piece. AR: 450
Great interactive atmosphere with a youngish audience. Some celeb author names on here too. If you write long fiction and/or short stories, and especially fan fic, wattpad is a great place to showcase snippets and examples of your work. Be a serial poster, add episodes and grow your fan base. Remember to enter your work into the annual Watty Awards. “The world’s largest community for readers and writers.” AR: 1000+
Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It runs annually for the month of November and has become a global phenomenon. Writers are challenged to knock out a first draft of 50,000 words in the thirty days. Finishers get a badge to put on their web sites. It also holds other events during the year, such as Camp Nanowrimo. Supportive community, great for making both online friends and IRL. AR: 6000+
Thewritelife is an excellent valuable and up-to-the-minute resource for freelance writers seeking paid outlets for their work, including marketing and presentation advice, self-publishing, blogging and more. You are encouraged to become a contributor. AR: 41,000+
Are you an eBook wannabe? Self-published sensation? To get there, an essential part of your marketing strategy is KBoards community for Kindle readers and writers. Man, this place is HUGE. If you want to promote your Kindle publication, you need to hang out with the eBunch. AR: 42,000+
Writing.com is a creative environment offering resources and feedback for writers including critique, contests, awards, reading lists, newsletters, writing prompts and much more. AR: 42,000+
Post your work, engage with the writers community on writerscafe.org. You’ll find lots of resources on here too, such as competition opportunities and information about submitting your work to publishers and agents, feedback groups, and more. AR: 68,000+
Scribophile.com is a writing workshop and writers community. Get feedback and improve your craft, give and receive critique. A good way to build confidence and to find your voice. Enter free contests and win cash and karma points. Their Writing Academy is a great resource. AR: 100,000+
Webook presents itself as the “social network where writers get published”. Post your work, connect with readers, get feedback and find literary agents. Participate in the community challenges. Achieve overnight success on the PageToFame. AR: 391,000+
10 top sites to post your work Facebook communities
Check out the corresponding Facebook communities and pages to maximize your opportunities from these 10 top sites to post your work. Happy writing!
Note: Alexa rankings (AR) quoted are for the global rankings only and change dynamically. You can check today’s ranking on alexa.com
I should explain I have deliberately not mentioned self-publishing sites for your novels, short stories, or non-fiction, because I wanted to identify sites which will help you establish your presence on the web as a writer, and to aid you driving readers back to your publications.
My list is not by any means the last word. If you’d like to recommend writing sites you find useful, send ’em in. Use the comment box below.
Quick Tip: Always jot down those snippets of inspiration when they fire off. They’re as hard to nail as a nighttime gnat buzzing the bed post. If the notebook’s filled with scribble and the pen’s run out, record your note into your smart phone or tablet.