A lot of us who were shy as kids were very creative, and it's continued into our adult lives. So, we write. And as writers, we need readers. The goal of the professional writer is to reach as many people as we can. Here comes the shocker to many beginning writers: marketing is more complicated than writing, and takes A LOT of work. We have to get word out about our stories, or else who will know about them.Guess what? As handy as social media is, it is not the only means of reaching people. We have to get out there and actually speak to them in person. Media interviews, book signings, personal appearances are very social.
Writers also need other writers. There is much to learn, and one thing I know for absolute certain is the fact that I don't know everything. Writers' groups or clubs are excellent ways to network. We have to open up to strangers, pour our feelings out and be critiqued. This can be scary, but must be done. Who better to help with manuscripts than other writers?
I'm fortunate enough to have contacts who have lots of other contacts. Today, I spent the morning in a new writers club, and came away inspired. Strangers became friends, and I was able to edit for hours in the afternoon, strengthening a novel and short story. Yes, I worked alone this afternoon, but I need and want to work more with others. There is much to learn, but also much to give. I'm looking forward to the next writers club meeting. This will be so exciting, sharing the journey from concept to completion with writer friends.