Since I recently changed the email I use for writing-related correspondence, and because I’m going to a big conference in November, I need to order new business cards. The ones I ordered last year look really nice, but I want to upgrade the design for the next batch.
Which leads me to my business card conundrum: Exactly what does and does NOT need to be on there? Over the past week, I’ve read at least 12 articles on the subject, and each contained something that conflicted with the others. The two main bones of contention center around title/tagline and genre information.
Currently, the words ‘Author at Large’ appear under by name. I think it shows what I do with a little hint of my personality, plus it’s part of the name of this blog. A few sites said never use the words author or writer on a card, but the rest agree that duh, that’s the main thing that should be included to let people know the purpose of having the little bits of paper printed up in the first place. Do y’all think ‘Author at Large’ works? Any other suggestions?
I don’t think I should include genre because my manuscripts fall into different categories. Including them all–Romantic Suspense, Literary Fiction, Paranormal, Psychological Horror–isn’t such a hot idea either. For example, ‘Romance’ might jump out at the agents who say, in bold lettering on their websites, that they do not represent or look at anything remotely near that subject. See what I mean?
My home address is something I don’t want to include. With my luck, I’d get a psycho stalker banging on my door with a can of whip creme and an ax. Not my idea of fun company. But should I add my city and/or state?
My name, cell number, email, and blog/website addy go on there for sure. I’ve picked out a cool layout in dark purple, but I wanted to post here before I place my order, to get some feedback. 🙂 So, all my buddies in the blogosphere, I’d really appreciate it if you could please give me your two cents on the whole business card conundrum.