Let’s face it. Writing can be a lonely pursuit. We need to find our tribe. If we find our tribe, we have support, and you never know which door might open for you at the right time. So, how do we go about this? How do we meet and engage with other writers?
Be present on social media. Many platforms have well established writing communities. Choose the platforms that work best for you and be careful not to end up with social media burn out. You don’t have to be everywhere. Find a balance
Attend a local, state, or national writing conference. Not only is this a great opportunity to meet others, its also a great opportunity to learn
Now this one is not for everyone but think about joining a local writer’s group. If you find a friendly and supportive group, it can be worth its weight in gold
Attend a book fair. This is a great way to meet fellow authors and nab yourself some great reads while you are there. A win win, right?
Go along to readings and book signings. You will meet like minded writers and readers with similar interests to you. You might even get to meet a favourite author
Sign up for a writing class or online workshop. Network, all while learning how to improve your own writing
Offer to beta read for other authors. We all need feedback, and you might just make a great friend in the process
Go live online. Most social media platforms offer this feature. Share a reading from your book, discuss a recent read you enjoyed, or host a Q & A
Start a blog, if you haven’t already, and offer your advice to other writers
Host local writer’s meetups or events in your city or town and make new friends over a nice lunch or a glass of wine
Interview other authors
Start a podcast about writing
Become a member of your local writer’s centre or professional organisation (For e.g.: Romance Writers of Australia, Writing NSW etc)
Celebrate other writers by sharing their success and helping them promote their new release. You will attract like-minded creatives if you are seen to be supporting others
Build you author brand to attract author friends who write the same genre
There are many ways to get yourself out there, even if you are an introvert, which many writers are. I am an extrovert, but that’s a story for another day. So, get amongst it writers. Reach out with both hands and start networking like a pro.