It’s that time again. A post for the Insecure Writers Support Group. How fitting that I am doing a post on support systems. I’ve sold a few books, mostly to key people in my family. The surprise to me is that I have heard a few of my college sorority sisters have bought at least one of my book too. I hope they liked it and are spreading the word.
To write books and become published though, you need a bigger support system them family. Anyone else not trust your nearest and dearest when they say you’re the next big thing? Most writers don’t have a high profile author or public figure in the family to make your name a household icon. So where do you go for support to get the knowledge of business, get your book info out past your tiny support circle, maybe even find an agent, and lastly build an audience, a platform?
Today’s author has to master the internet, unless you are a lucky member of the big publishers. Even then though, they don’t always market you. So here is where I started.
1. Find blogs of indie authors. They are hungry to share knowledge as much as they are to sell a book or two. Obviously, if they aren’t that author, they might be fun to follow still. Interact with these authors. They might tell you about a writing group, or where they started out. Writing groups that could be awesome to shift through and fine a few writing pales like http://www.scribophile.com.
2. Blog. I don’t mean that you have to share the best knowledge of stuff you don’t know or even to blog every day. I mean start a blog about whatever you do know. Ask questions and expect no answers. This is a slow process. People will find you and you will form some new friendships with people who have similar interests.
3. FACEBOOK or now Tsu, even Twitter. Interact, like pages, and follow those authors that give advice. You can actually bond with other people this way.
4. Local writing groups, conferences, and library events. Not always in that order. I rarely think a conference is worth the money for my writing career. I do however think it can be wonderful to meet other authors. Other authors can get you a submission to their agents.
5. Well – I am not sure what 5 really is yet. Once you are published a few more avenues open up. That isn’t what this post is about though.
For everyone out there, published or not. Go fourth and network. Make friends. Join blog hops. Do you have suggestions to add to this list for the unknown writer or new author?
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Visit other bloggers in the Insecure Writers Support Group ! (A blog hop that posts the first Wednesday of every month, founded by Head Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.) Thanks to his co-hosts this month too!
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.