Writing is a business, as you are about to find out. You cannot spend all your time writing. You also have to get out in the world and build yourself a reading audience. Here are some places when you can connect with readers and writers like yourself.
Are You Internet-Literate?
1. Do you have a Facebook account? How many friends do you have? Are they all family and school chums? Or have you thought about adding some writers and book publishers to your friends list? Many writers are open and eager to add friends who are interested in their books. And it’s easy to connect. Pick your favorite writers and Search Facebook for their pages. Once there, ask to be added to their Friends list. Chances are they will agree, and you’ll soon be picking up valuable writing tips from some of the world’s best writers.
2. Do You have a Twitter Account? Again check on your followers and look for new people to follow. Twitter makes it easy to search for writers, book lovers, publishers and writing experts.
3. Many people avoid LinkedIn, thinking it’s just for business. Well, writing is a business, as you are about to find out. There are several discussion groups for writers. Check them out until you find a companionable group of folks who are willing to share advice about writing and book publishing.
4. Have you tried Pinterest? Creating and adding to boards about your favorite subjects is fun and addictive. Many writers use Pinterest profitably. I have a separate board for each of my books, and then those book boards have spawned related boards – recipes from my stories, pictures of my characters, scenes from places in the books, and even guides for book clubs who might want to read the book.
There are many other social media opportunities, but the ones listed above have a huge number of users. You need to be active in their circles. So start now.