Networking Net Worth

How do you find out what is going on in the world of writers and agents and publishers? You can’t rely on Google much anymore to retrieve the best and latest information. You can subscribe to Publishers Weekly and similar trade publications, you can join Romance Writers of America and get the monthly magazine, and you can participate in National Novel Writing Month events in April, July, and November. Or you can find people to connect with.

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If you join RWA, be sure to join the local chapter as well. If there isn’t one in your area, consider starting one. Through my local chapter, I have been able to meet with lots of published writers, agents, and editors. But even more valuable to me is the connections with my local, fellow writers. Several have helped me with plotting, a bunch help me just by sprinting every weekday online, and more have helped with their appreciation of things I have done. I can’t think of a better way to stay focused and motivated.

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NaNoWriMo actually has year-round stuff going on. Not only are there forum discussions going on and on, there are local in-person groups under Municipal Liaisons (MLs) where you can show up and write. Usually, the meetings are at a place that sells coffee. You will need to tell NaNo where you are located, then they will send you information on meetings in your area. I found my group through Meet-Up, originally. And these nice people will understand and support you during November, which is National Novel Writing Month.

Side Note: Wouldn’t it be cool to set up February as National Romance Novel Writing Month? Or is it just me? Never mind, carry on. Nothing to see here.

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There are probably a dozen or so writers groups near where you live unless you live in Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands. Check your local libraries, colleges, and Craigslist for such things. If you have a print newspaper, check out the classifieds. And search for Writers Groups on Facebook, too. Even if you don’t find a local group with in-person meetings, you can get a huge helping of advice and assistance. You will find that these connections, this networking, has a net worth of more than any other resources available to you.

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Writing is often a solitary venture, which doesn’t work for some people. Even if you are an introvert with lots of excuses for not joining a group, the experience might surprise you as to how helpful it is. And it will make your therapist very happy that you stepped out of your circle. Give it a try!

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.

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