Staying sane involves remembering a long list of things that have to be done before I head out again since I am taking my daughter on a Girls’ Vacation next week. So here goes:
1. Tell everyone who won the Jane Green Contest — Lisa Avila! Please send your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Tell everyone about the great time you had at the national conference of RWA. Boy, did I have a blast. More below.
3. Make a list of everything you need to pack for next week.
4. Finish writing the next CALLING book — FURY CALLS — about Blake and Meghan (and oh boy, are these two wonderful together!)
5. Apologize for not posting the inspirational picture you used for Mitch Lama, the hero of SECRET AGENT REUNION (you’ll see that as Monday’s Guilty Pleasure) since you couldn’t think straight on Monday after getting home late Sunday night from the National Conference.
6. Finally, the real Tuesday Tip — Networking
So, what’s so important about networking to an aspiring writer? Well, everything. The reality of it is that there are hundreds of talented people out there trying to sell either their first book or their next book. Networking is one way to improve the odds of getting published.
How do you network? Attend conferences that are geared to your writing genre. Not only will the workshops help you improve your craft, it will give you an opportunity to meet fellow authors and industry professionals.
Get to know people. Say hi and learn something about them. If it’s an industry professional, remember that they are people as well and not every encounter is meant to be the time to pitch your work. Choose when to pitch wisely.
Remember to say thanks when you do get a chance to pitch and always have your business card handy to give to them.
I spent a good deal of time meeting new people at the national conference. Some were people whose names I knew, but hadn’t met face-to-face. It was so nice to be able to finally meet them and share some time. I also met a bunch of new people and had a blast speaking with them and sharing some laughs. I hope they had a good time meeting me as well.
I’ll be sharing some photos with you in the next few days, but for now, here are some from friends and fellow authors Suzanne McMinn and Loreth Anne White.
Lil’ Ol’ Me at the Harlequin Book Signing