A to Z Blog Challenge: Day Fourteen
Author's Network = a system of people that are connected to each other.
What better way to describe this group of people! Authors understand each other. We get the highs and lows of the business. We can relate to writer's block, rejection letters, acceptances. Every author needs a network of other authors for support. We can't write good books alone. But choose your network like you choose your friends . . . carefully.
Surround yourself with people who are willing to give and not just take. If you are giving and not receiving the same support in return it might be time to find a new network. Your author network should make you feel good about yourself. They should be your friends as well as your colleagues. When you're in the middle of baking your story and you need a cup of support you should be able to knock on your network's doors at any time and they will be there to welcome you.
Where can you find a network of authors? The first place you can start is by joining an SCBWI chapter in your area. Speak with your public librarian to see if there are other authors living in your community. Take a writing class at your community college or join groups on the Internet. With social media it's a lot easier today to find like-minded people. Connect, network, and enjoy a successful career!
Linda Bozzo has published more than 50 nonfiction books for the school and library market. For more information about Linda and her books, you can visit her website.