7 Networking Tips for Authors and Writers
By Michelle Arios/Networking as an author or a writer is a little different from networking as any other kind of businessperson.
Networking as an author or a writer is a little different from networking as any other kind of businessperson. Since your product or service is something special to you, rather than something with a bunch of different options for a bunch of different people, it’s a little harder to exhibit your wares. The most effective networking tips for people who can’t step away from the typewriter are a little more unconventional.
1. Start Reading and Reviewing Each Other
Every author needs someone who can give them an honest opinion. Offering up these opinions is one of the best ways to meet other writers. They look at your stuff, you look at their stuff, and you use that feedback to make yourselves better. It’s a great way to meet other writers and get a little help from time to time.
2. Release Some Material for Free
People love free stuff. Even if they don’t actually need it, they’re always more interested in something they don’t have to pay for. If you release a few chapters of your novel or samples of your writing, people are more likely to gravitate towards them. You might gain readers, or even friends out of the process.
3. Use Social Networks for Readers
It’s great to use the traditional, mainstream social networks, but your content may get lost among the day to day pop culture references and news articles. Work up a presence on networks like Goodreads and Shelfari. You’ll be able to see what other people are reading and offer your own recommendations as well. If you list your own books on your profile, some people might feel inclined to check them out.
4. Go Live Online
Hang out! With the power of social media, you don’t even need to leave your house to do it. Most of the leading social networks offer users the ability to live steam. Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat make it easy for anyone with a following to talk to those people in real time. Use it as a Q&A session, or even an opportunity to touch base with everyone and let them know what’s going on in your world.
5. Prove Yourself Useful
Who doesn’t like a helpful person? Do you have any resources you can make available to other readers or writers? Do you get a kick out of seeing other people learn and grow? Start a blog or a YouTube channel. Offer tutorials and free advice. Share the mistakes you’ve made, and allow others to live vicariously through you. The more knowledgeable you are, the more people you’ll attract.
6. Hold Events
Meetups, readings, signings, and even hangouts at the bookstore will give people something to do. Everyone gets bored, especially when there are no big events coming up. Take advantage of lulls between holidays or special occasions to give people an excuse to get out of the house. Even if you do something as simple as gather people for a literary picnic at the park, you’re going to find people who are interested. Create an event page and start getting everyone interested.
7. Attend Events
Go to everything and anything you can go to. Writer’s workshops and literary events are a hotspot for people just like you. You won’t have to talk to too many people to find someone you have a lot in common with. These events are a great way to meet people who can help you further your career, and they’re just as great for making friends!
As long as you’re regular and consistent with putting yourself out there, people are going to find you. No matter how you choose to network, just make sure you stay on top of it.
Michelle Arios works as Marketing Assistant for BizDb.co.nz, writing for several online magazines and gaining experience in marketing. Whenever not working, she likes to catch up with the industry blogs or her favorite TV shows.