Tips for Aspiring Writers 06: A fiction writer’s online presence

by Angelique on November 17, 2010

photo of people conversingFiction writers often feel that they don’t need to network with others, on- or off-line. Nothing could be further from the truth! Whether you’re self-publishing or hoping to get picked up by a major publisher, you need to establish relationships with others, both in cyberspace and face-to-face.

You also need a place where fans, potential customers and potential editors and agents can get a good sense of who you are and what you write.

Today I will concentrate on those of you who are publishing and distributing for yourselves. If this is your goal, you need to connect and interact with the following people (genre depending):

Book clubs and individual book club members
Example of where to meet them: a list of book club Meet-Ups in the Phoenix area.

Fans of your genre
Example of where to meet them: ihorsebook, a boutique social network for horse lovers.

Fellow authors in your genre
Example of where to meet them: The members’ section of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America website.

Fellow authors in your city
Example of where to meet them: The Phoenix chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Teachers and teachers’ associations
Example of where to meet them: Search Twitter using a combination of the hashtags #teachers, #teaching, #ed, #writing, #k-12 and any other tags you can think of.

Parents and parents’ associations
Example of where to meet them: Search Twitter using a combination of the hashtags #parenting, #mothering, #twittermoms, #twitterdads and any other tags you can think of.

Freelance editors
Example of where to meet them: LinkedIn discussion groups

Remember: If you are self-publishing, you are the advertising, marketing, public-relations and customer-service departments for your product, and your product isn’t just your book, it’s yourself as well.

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Clark Knowles November 30, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Angelique…

A wonderful blog… lots of great advice… and a really nice interface… you obviously know your stuff. You are bookmarked and I look forward to reading more your thoughts on the writing world…

Clark

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