HOW TO BEGIN - SUPPLIES AND CATEGORIES
There are a few things you will need to purchase for your portfolio. First a large three-ringed binder and a pack of clear plastic page protectors. You can get a good deal on the protectors at office supply stores like Staples, Walmart, and Office Depot. You can use separators for each category if you wish, or simply print out a page for each.
Here are some suggested categories for your portfolio.
- Book Reviews
- Newspaper Clips
- Business Card and Fliers
- Speaking Engagements
- Query letters and replies
- Book Proposals
- Character Profiles
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Go to your website and print out the pages. Next print out a page that says “WEBSITE”. Slip your pages into the plastic protectors.
Find every book review written about your work and every interview, and print them out. Do a search through the Internet. You may be amazed at how many reviews you were not aware of, for example the ones on Amazon.
Print out all the things you have in the above list. Gather them together and put each piece into a plastic page protector. Organize the categories whatever sequence you wish.
Take your portfolio along to events and lay it open on your book table. You will be surprised at how many people will want to look through it, especially if you put photos in it. For each person that buys your book at a book signing, you could ask to take a picture with him or her to add to the portfolio. And when at conferences, try to get some photos taken of you with some widely published or best selling authors.
One thing is for sure, you will not regret putting this together.
A final word. Graphics are very important. People gravitate to them. Consider doing a few pages of images that reflect the world of your story. Here are some samples I use to depict my first novel, The Rebel's Pledge.