A recent webinar spoke about how publishers could stay connected with their authors. It’s more than just publishers and authors who need to stay connected – writers need to connect with each other, too.
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is certainly a great way to do that. In addition to this website, there is a Facebook group, a Twitter group, and an Instagram group.
What are some other ways writers can connect?
Many writers belong to a group of fellow writers where they share their work with one another. Whether meeting in person or online, it provides tips, feedback, and support. Choose a group that makes one stretch rather than just offers pats on the back. The purpose is to grow not wallow blindly in unicorn land. The group also keeps one accountable and moving forward.
These serve a purpose beyond just critiques. Writers and authors can gather and share idea, opportunities, and experience. They can keep one another motivated on their author journey and accountable, too. Just bouncing ideas off one another is a huge boost and could lead to breakthroughs for members of the group who might be stuck in their writing, publishing options, or marketing.
Supporting a cause
Authors can band together to support a cause. Perhaps a book sale where proceeds go to a specific charity. If a suitable charity isn’t available, the authors could form their own cause. This unites them while placing them in front of their community and giving back.
Authors can band together to support one another’s tours. Debut authors can form a group and tour together. Those in a similar genre can do the same, touring both online and in the real world together. A group of authors will always attract more than just one author going it alone.
Another option is to swap services. You speak to one author’s group and that person speaks to yours. This expands your connections while providing your group valuable new information. And no matter what the topic, the teacher often learns just as much as the students.
A great way to connect is to co-author a book with another writer (or 2 or 3). This doubles the experience and marketing reach, plus you can ping ideas off each other. An anthology would be another place to connect with multiple authors and share resources.