At writing conferences, “build a platform” is almost a mantra. Here is some basic advice about how to build your own.
Build a Successful Writer’s Platform
And speaking of conferences, the 26th Madison (Wisconsin) Writers’ Institute starts tomorrow. If you’re close enough, you can register in the morning. Check details at https://uwwritersinstitute.wisc.edu/. It’s a great place to learn, meet people, pitch to agents, and generally feel encouraged as a writer.