JOINING THE NETWORK When you decide you want to become part of the Network, join the Yahoo! group. Handy tip: If you want to avoid a cluttered inbox, when you sign up to the Yahoo group set your 'Message Delivery' option to 'Daily Digest'. Yahoo will bundle any message posts into batches of up to 25 for you.
Once you've signed up to our Yahoo Group, enter the 'Files' section. The first thing you need to do is create a folder for yourself within Pics and Bios for PennAN events.
IMPORTANT: The folder should be in your writing name.
Add the following: One author pic (jpg format - max size 100kb)
One cover pic (jpg format - max size 100kb). If you have more than one book published, create a collage or use the cover pic for the one you'd most like to promote
A 100-word bio AND a 40-word bio (PDF format) Not everyone uses the same operating system. Most writing software includes a 'PDF' option in its 'save as' feature.
Files should be clearly named. The event coordinator collates information about participating writers to send to the host library or bookstore. To save potential confusion, whoever receives your files should be able to tell exactly what each one contains without having to open it.
If you like, you can also add your details to the relevant 'Links' folders.
OKAY, I'VE ADDED MY LINKS. WHAT NOW? You can organize an event yourself (see Guide for Coordinators). If you don't want to do that yet, keep an eye on the Yahoo Group message board for word of potential events.
In the meantime, PROMOTE! PROMOTE! PROMOTE! Chances are, you know other PennAN Authors (or know someone who knows them). Spread the word. Promote the network. After all, a multi-author event helps everyone, right?
PROMOTE THE NETWORK ON THE WEB In the Files section of the Yahoo group, you'll find a copy of the PennAN icon. Use that to put a link to the Network from your own website. Talk it up on your blog and add a link there too. If you regularly post on another writer's blog— even if they haven't yet got a book to sell, or live out of state—ask them to put a link, too.
PROMOTE THE NETWORK IN PERSON Any time you meet a writer, ask if they know any PennAN authors.
If you're a member of a writing group, ask your fellow-members to promote it too. Reality check: Most people will help you if you ask, but don't expect them to volunteer. You have to make the first move.