Every professional writer knows that actually writing a story, novel, or poem is only half the battle. If you want people to read or buy what you wrote, you're going to have to promote it. Here are some places online where you can promote your work for free:
- AuthorsDen.com: AuthorsDen lets you set up an author page for free. People can easily find it, and you can post news or blog items, links to buy your books, a bibliography or biography, and any other information you want.
- AnthologyBuilder.com: If you haven't heard of AnthologyBuilder, it's kind of a cool site. As a reader, you can sift through the many stories the site has (including lots of classic ones) and create your own anthology for fifteen bucks. As a writer, this is a good site to drum up interest in your writing, as well as increase name recognition. The site will host your stories for free (if they are accepted) and every time someone chooses one of your stories for an anthology, you get paid a little bit. Plus, they get the chance to sample your writing, and if they like it, hopefully they'll seek out more of it.
Blogs are also a good way to promote your writing. If you don't already have a blog, you can start up a free one with Blogger or WordPress. If you want to host your own online store to sell your books or other merchandise yourself, there are sites like Webs.com that will let you do that.
If you're a member of any writing associations or organizations (which you should be if you're serious about writing professionally) there's a good chance that group can offer you some free promotion as well, either with a link on their website, or maybe by selling your book through their bookstore.
All of these options are free (other than the membership fee for a writing association) and they can help you get your name and your writing in front of more potential readers.