Every writer needs to network. It also helps when you start connecting with other writers on a more personal level. Social life doesn’t have to die when you become a writer. You just need to socialize within the literary world!
Meet my accomplice, Lexie. This is the two of us at the Shannon Hale book signing. We had a great time at the event, but it was made even more fun by our common interest. We were able to discuss Shannon Hale’s books, upcoming cons and events, as well as our individual book projects.
I was fortunate to have a built-in connection with Lexie. She is my cousin, but beyond that, she is my best friend, my confidant, and now my writing buddy. Both of us found a passion for writing several years ago. I’ve dabbled in short stories and poetry, while Lexie did some poetry and songwriting. Before I knew it, we were both working our first novels.
If you aren’t as fortunate to have a friend whose writing along with you, there are other things you can do. Don’t be afraid to get involved in writers groups. Local libraries are a great resource. Go to conventions in your area and get to know people that you can connect with. Don’t forget about your most valuable recourse…the Internet. If you aren’t on Facebook or Twitter, you are missing out on opportunities. Follow your favorite writers, podcasters, and bloggers. Leave comments on their sites and email questions to willing authors. LinkedIn has writers groups that you can get involved in and bounce ideas off of. You can (and should) start your own site with a blog. Share your experiences and thoughts. Others will follow you and you can connect with them. There are so many outlets open to writers today. Use them!
It was great to spend the evening with my cousin. We had a fabulous time and got to meet a successful author. Shannon was friendly and good enough to mention some cons Lexie and I might like.
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