Networking is one of the best ways to boost your writing career. However, the idea of reaching out, making connections, and interacting with others causes many introverted writers to break out in a cold sweat. Thankfully, the experts know there are ways for writers to network, whether they enjoy going out and socializing or prefer to stay at home. Here’s how to network even when you’re an introverted writer.
How To Network When You’re An Introverted Writer
Networking doesn’t necessarily mean working the room, talking face-to-face with lots of people you don’t know, or being assertive. It can also mean engaging with communities that support you and making friends with writers who have similar interests — all of which can be done right from home!
Join social media. Interacting online can be easier than meeting people in person, especially if you use the right social media platforms. You can schmooze from the comfort of your favorite chair, and you don’t have to do all the “talking” — you can share posts from other writers and support their work. Once you’ve garnered some followers, your new online friends will help spread the word about your latest projects and offer congratulations when you post about your newest publication.
Following literary journals, agents, and publishers on social media will also give you the inside track on any new releases, reading date changes, and more. This information can reveal publication resources you hadn’t previously considered and help you submit your work more effectively.
Interact online. Besides engaging on social media platforms, you can also interact directly with a literary journal or another writer via their blogs. Leave comments on their pages and share article links with your friends and followers.
Help other writers. By offering other writers your assistance, you can support them while also forging new connections for yourself and your writing. Bonus benefit: Critiquing the work of other writers can also improve your own writing and provide unique insights and inspiration for your own projects.
Offer freebies. Giving readers a sneak peek at your work can help you gain new followers and will keep your existing fans…