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July 16, 2018

Organization Tip: Business Cards #AuthorToolBoxBlogHop


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When you go to a book event, conference, or do any sort of networking, I bet you come away with a lot of business cards. Or…if you do it right you should. Why do I say that? Because networking is all about introducing yourself to other authors and industry professionals, giving your business card to them, and collecting their cards in return. You never know when you might need to recall a person’s name who you met at an event or if you may need to contact someone, so getting the cards of everyone you talk to is good practice.

But what do you do with them once you get them?

If you say throw them away, you haven’t been paying attention.

You could dump all of them in a shoe box or pile them in a drawer, but that’s not very organized, now is it?

I’ll tell you what I do.

I have baseball card holder sheets that I slip business cards into. Then I put those sheets in a binder. And voila! All of those little cards are safe and in an easily-accessible place that you can put in a filing cabinet.

It’s all about the neat little tricks when it comes to being organized.


QUESTION: Do you collect/keep business cards?


58 comments:

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I want to keep business cards since people think enough of me to share. I keep EVERYTHING in binders with the sleeves. Great post!!!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I create an email contact, noting when I met them. You never know when that connection might come in handy.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I usually hand out business cards (not very smoothly, but still) and I keep the ones I'm given, but not in a very organized way. Great idea, Chrys!

nashvillecats2 said...

Love the mission words Chrys. Also some good tips you've shared thank you.

Yvonne.

Carrie-Anne said...

I wish I could go to book conferences and events! Someday I'd like to have the opportunity, if I lived in an area where those things took place. If I had business cards from other writers, I'd find a place to store them.

Christine Rains said...

Great tips! I currently have all the business cards I've collected in a pile on a shelf. *LOL* Not terribly organized, but they're in one place.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chrys - business cards can be so useful and knowing where to find them would be helpful - I'm mentally organised, practically half organised, but business wise not very sorted!! Good tips though ... cheers Hilary

M.J. Fifield said...

I love the baseball card holder idea. I'm currently like Christine. The cards I've collected have been sitting in a pile on my desk, which is currently buried underneath several other piles. I imagine they'd be much more useful if I put them in a folder of some kind... Thanks for the tip!

sherry fundin said...

I have a bazillion. lol Sounds like a great way to organize them.
sherry @ fundinmental

Pat Hatt said...

Mine are sitting in a pile in a drawer. The baseball card sheet idea is a great one indeed. My OCD likes that.

Juneta key said...

Great tips. I have a box I store mine in but have been considering switching to a business card 3 ring binder.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Good idea. I need to have new ones made. The ones I have are out of date. Thanks for the reminder.

Liz A. said...

And you should put a note on each as to where you met them and something specific about them so you can recall who is who. After a while, the names can start to run together.

Anonymous said...

I've gotten business cards at craft shows. Usually, it's something that at the time I think I want to buy. Then I end up tossing them because I realize I'm not going to buy it.

Chrys Fey said...

I love business cards. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Creating an email contact is smart.

Chrys Fey said...

Hopefully this post will get you in the mood to organize them. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Yvonne!

Chrys Fey said...

You could go to book events as a reader. Usually they are free. Then you can stop at every authors table, give them your card, and chat with them a bit. Many people do that. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Having them in one place is good. :)

Chrys Fey said...

When it comes to business, organization is important. I'm glad you liked my tip. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I'm too OCD to leave something piled up on my desk. Right now I'm looking at my desk with one notebook here, another there, and my headphones and I think it's too messy. lol

Chrys Fey said...

One day I'll probably have a bazillion, too. lol

Chrys Fey said...

My OCD likes it, too. haha

Chrys Fey said...

I guess you could say my idea is a make-shirt business card 3-ring binder. lol

Chrys Fey said...

You're welcome, Beverly!

Chrys Fey said...

That's a good idea. Right now the only cards I collect are from authors at one specific event each year, but if I meet others at other events, a note would be useful.

Chrys Fey said...

Perhaps cards from authors or people in the publising industry will be the ones you'll keep? :)

Raimey Gallant said...

I do give out business cards, and I do take them at writerly events, but I have to admit, I haven't been very good about following up on them. Perhaps some organization is in order! Great post!

emaginette said...

I do keep a collection in a Rolodex. The question is, what should we do with them? Or is that your next post. hehehe

Anna from elements of emaginette

Mark said...

Good idea:) I usually make sure to email each person I've received a card from, that way I have a digital record in case I lose the physical copy.

S.E. White Books said...

Good idea! I recently went to my very first Book Con and came back with lots and lots of cards, which I do still need to organize, lol. One thing that made me sad was the business cards that didn't contain a clear, visible, easy way to contact/find the author. A few of them had book titles or quotes, or even just a picture of the book cover, but didn't tell you how or where to find the author of the book! Something to keep in mind for my own cards :)

Sherry Ellis said...

That's a good idea! I have a business card holder, but I should probably keep a separate one for authors.

Loni Townsend said...

I've collected a few that I was never sure what to do with afterward. Great ideas!

Victoria Marie Lees said...

Everyone is right; this is a great idea what to do with those business cards. I also recommend alphabetizing them or putting them in Agent/Writer/Publisher groups or genre groups. Thanks, Chrys!

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Chrys Fey said...

Hopefully this post will get you in the mood to organize them. :)

Chrys Fey said...

HAHAHA!!! Well, you could contact authors in your same genre, let them know how you met them, and propose doing promo together, like on each other's blogs, etc. :)

Chrys Fey said...

That's a great idea!

Chrys Fey said...

A list of links for a website, blog, social media are a must for business cards. I forgot my email address, but my sites all have the email address on the About Me pages. And on the back with two ebook images and a short bio it says that my books can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. You're right, This information is important.

Chrys Fey said...

Keeping a separate one for authors would be an excellent idea. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad you liked this, Loni. :)

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I've never had business cards made for myself, partly because since I work in academia and am untenured, I typically have to change schools every couple years; thus, I'd have to keep changing business cards. But I like your idea of organizing all those cards because otherwise it would take a long time to sort through them. And I also like the idea of giving someone my card and saying, "Here's my card," like they do in the movies. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I had organized them based on authors who I had similarities with and who I most likely would contact, but your idea is a great one. I may have to do that. It's certainly make it easier to find someone's card if it is alphabetized. Thanks!

Chrys Fey said...

I would love to be so smooth to be in a conversation that allows me to to say, "Here's my card." lol

Erika Beebe said...

I like your idea of using a baseball card sheet. I used to pin mine up on an idea board but once I moved I think I misplaced some of them. I'm hoping to set up a creative space sometime soon. :) Great post today Chrys.

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic idea. I don't go to any writing functions. Maybe one of these days I will get the courage to get my face out there. Maybe. :)

Elsie

Unknown said...

I add the person to my contact list on my computer with all their details. I can't seem to keep track of physical cards.

sage said...

I use sleeves, too. But if it is someone I really want to keep up with, I will follow them on social media and put them into my contact list which has way too many contacts :).

Mostly blogging these days at www.thepulpitandthepen.com

Chrys Fey said...

My bulletin board wouldn't hold all of the ones I have. lol

Chrys Fey said...

Maybe! ;)

Chrys Fey said...

That would be smart. I don't have a contact list on my computer. I'm not so good with spreadsheets and all that.

Chrys Fey said...

I also follow the ones I really want to keep up with.

Lux G. said...

I collect. But can't remember the last time I checked them. Lol

Toi Thomas said...

Yes, I collect business cards. I'm not quite as organized as you are, but I have gone back and used some of the contacts.

Chrys Fey said...

Maybe this post will have you checking them out now. :)

Chrys Fey said...

That's great!

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Glad Anna asked that, because I was wondering, too! Not that I've been to many events where I might collect them. And I get all introverted and fail to follow up on stuff.

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Make your own. You can buy the stock and run it through your printer; they aren't quite the same quality as purchased business cards, but you can do an affordable number at a time, and change info as needed. For writing, though, you should establish an email you use just for that, and keep it long-term, so you *could* get cards made up.