A guest post by Debra Eckerling
Most writers would agree: it’s a lonely profession. If you’re lucky, you get to spend lots of time behind the computer writing articles, prose, books, screenplays, etc. The drawback: you spend lots of time behind the computer.
It’s essential for writers to connect with others for various reasons.
Building a network gets you:
- Leads for representation, submissions, and assignments. I have been writing for years and have only gotten two gigs from blind queries; the rest have been from referrals.
- An audience, which only continues to increase in importance in this digital and social media age.
- A support system for the ups and downs of the journey.
Therefore, you need to actually make an effort to meet, connect, and develop relationships with other writers.