By Wendy Lawton
One of the reasons you love writing is because it is a solitary pursuit, right? Aren’t most writers introverts? So why in the world do we have to connect with writer friends?
You’ve heard the word networking used and overused until it has made us all cringe. It’s all in the motivation. We writers need each other. In this day when authors are expected to shoulder a portion of the burden for marketing their books, we need each other more than ever. We need to connect with our writer friends not so much to get them to help us get the word out about our books but to see how we can help each other. Reciprocity! It’s much easier to talk up my friend’s book than it is to talk up my own book.
So how do we connect with other writers?
- Join Writing Groups. There are so many: ACFW, RWA, Mystery Writers of America, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Reader’s Read gives a list of dozens of organizations.
- Go to a Conference. Meeting fellow writers is one of the most important things you will do at a conference.
- Find a Local Writing Group. Check with your library, your local bookseller or Barnes & Noble. They will most likely know where to find the local writers.
- Comment on Author Blogs. When you leave regular comments on writing blogs, you are becoming part of that blog community. Watch the other comments. When someone interests you, follow them to their blog or Twitter. You may eventually decide to connect.
- Offer to Help Your Favorite Writers. Lauraine Snelling has a whole group of readers, writer friends and friend friends who help pass out bookmarks for her and get the word out about her new releases. I’ve watched this bestselling author reciprocate as well. She’s always helping debut authors get their start. Friendship is helping each other.
However you do it, now is the time to begin to develop the friendships that will last even longer than your books. How did you meet your writer friends?