Saturday, April 16, 2011

N is for Networking

One of the benefits of blogging (and twittering and facebooking) is building a network of contacts in the publishing industry. (But then, you already knew that.)

How does networking benefit you? A few things I have learned from other writers (and agents and editors):
They're a great source of information. For example, Dear Editor is holding a giveaway for a FREE Fiction Edit (for Adult, YA, or MG). Deadline to enter is April 21.

As much as we all want an agent, things don't always go swimmingly with an agent, and new associations must be made.

I discovered the Writers Workshop for children's writers hosted by the Highlights Foundation and held each summer at the Chautauqua Institute. Intensive sessions with major players in the children's publishing world. Wow!

I discovered that the Highlights Foundation offers scholarships to help defray the cost of said workshop. (Thank you Toby!)

I learned to apply for things (like said scholarship) even if I didn't think I had a chance in the world of getting them. Sometimes you do.

Sometimes, editors don't want to buy the book you proposed; they want you to write something else, and they'll buy that.

Release dates change, sometimes just days before the originally scheduled date.

Writers are amazing, supportive people, and I'm proud to call many of the people in my network friends.

What benefits do you see in networking?


  1. I've only just started blogging, but I've already found quite a few like-minded sould. Hopefully it's all leading somewhere but I'm not really sure where yet. Most of the writers are in kids/YA genres, which isn't mine.

    Blogging every day is certainly very time consuming, not sure I could keep this up more than a month.

    Moody Writing

  2. Some great tips and advice. I totally agree with applying and submitting even if you don't think you have a chance, the experience is worth it.

  3. What I enjoy most is making connections to other writers and expanding my community of writer friends and the support that we give one another.

    Btw--Alison, About your question on my blog. The answer is, "YES!" Please pass along to your son's teacher. THANK YOU!

  4. There are so many advantages. FIrst of all writing is a solitary task so you need to network just to put yourself out there. Networking with others also builds my confidence and exposes me to successful writers that are willing to help me on my way. I especially the SCBWI Conferences I go to twice a year. They are fantastic.

  5. The networking is awesome. I've found so much informatiion for writers tips, places to submit, discussion forums.

    I don't think my writing would have improved to this level if I hadn't started my blog. I'm sure I would have given up a long time ago.

    Good luck at the workshop Alison; and thanks for sharing your tips.

    Have a good weekend :)