Monday, July 19, 2010

Social networking: Marketing your mad skills

All right, so mad skills might be pushing it in my case. Perhaps I should say mediocre talent yet rapacious ambition. Less catchy though more fitting.

I mentioned in a previous post ( http://lilliputianjourney.blogspot.com/2010/03/killing-time ) that I wasn't part of a writing group because I'm a loner. While I still consider myself an introvert, I have come to discover that a writing group (when comprised of a few, knowledgeable members) is indispensable! Man, I wish I'd met these ladies a year ago. I could have been finished much sooner. Not to mention the fact that they have become wonderful friends! I admire and appreciate these amazing women more than they'll ever know.

Though it pains me to admit, it was through Twitter that I met my cohorts. I will forever be grateful to my new social networking addiction. Together Italia and Beth (or as I like to call them, Rennie and Chi) have filled in the missing pieces to make me a better writer. They are my yin and yang, so to speak, generously allowing me to serve as the curvy line in the middle, as Chi likes to say. I can only hope that one day I will be as helpful and supportive as they are.

So where does this leave Marketing your mad skills? Do it. Put yourself out there. Get on Twitter (as adverse to the idea as you might be) and search the tags for writers, readers, bloggers, and editors. Throw yourself into every conversation you can find. Stalk the boards! Befriend people as often as possible. You never know when your Chi or Rennie might show up and change your life! Not to mention, a lot of high powered and much needed individuals are on there. Those connections are very helpful when it comes time to start querying. It helps to have ties well before you actually need them, believe me.

I have met such an amazing and *talented* group of people on Twitter and Facebook. People I will never forget and will forever appreciate. People who have supported me and my efforts to become a better writer. People who have never met me yet go out of their way to help. The writing community is a tight-knit group and always open and welcoming to those who share a similar ambition. You will always be able to find someone in the same place you are--struggling to learn--as well as those who have been in your shoes and want to encourage you through the process. Don't worry about your awkwardness. I'm about as socially inept as they come. I think you will find that any writer worth knowing has their own little eccentricities. It's what drives our creative minds. :D

So keep writing. Find a few friends that share your interest and passion for growth. Listen to what others have to say, but think with your own head.

I hope you all find some writerly type group of friends. You're always welcome to be part of mine. Look for us on Twitter. Beth is @kailmeyra She is one of those most brilliant and emotional authors you will ever come across. I love her dearly and I'm so grateful for her favorite words--chuck, restructure, and write with your senses. She has an outstanding eye for voice and structure. You can also catch Beth on her blog. www.thelightofasteria.blogspot.com

You can find Italia on Twitter as @ItaliaTrent Her character and storyline development is insane! More than once, she's solved my dilemmas with her ingenious insight. She's also a fountain of useful information. Listen to her! She knows what she's talking about.

8 comments:

Sarah Enni said...

I have been so overwhelmed by the love & support in the online writing community. Taking the plunge and getting out there has been rewarding 10,000 times over. Awesome advice and I'm so glad that taking the blog/twitter leap has been as fun and rewarding for you as it has been for me!

catherine said...

Great post! I must say Twitter has been a great place to meet writer peeps (like yourself) who are encouraging and insightful to a wannabe/newbie like me :) It motivates me to write to see all of you guys working on stuff too! :)

Elizabeth Isaacs said...

Izzie, you're so sweet to mention me. You've made my day! I couldn't agree with you more about social networking. When I wrote Asteria, I never so much as turned on the net, always fearing retribution from those who had mastered the craft. It wasn't until after Asteria's release that I became part of this world, and my only regret is that I didn't sooner. I appreciate you and Ren more than you know!

Italia said...

Well it's easy to make comments on a lovely storyteller and person like you Hope! Thanks for always listening to my insane "lawyer-ish" debates! ; )

Hope Collier said...

Sarah, it has been such a rewarding adventure! I never realized what great connections could be made on Twitter, Facebook, etc. I think writers really are the most supportive and loving group of people.

Hope Collier said...

Catherine, I'm still learning. There's still a long road to get there, but with so many wonderful writers behind me, I'm motivated to try! So glad to have met you, too :) I look forward to getting to know you better!

Hope Collier said...

And Chi and Rennie, the BWF (best writerly friends ;) on Earth, you guys have made this the most fun and exciting adventure! I mean it from the bottom of my heart when I say I love you guys and thank God everyday that we met each other. You guys are the best!

bryan sabol said...

Well said, Hope!

I must admit I still don't have a critique group. I have this fear of getting sucked in way too deep and not being able to provide feedback to others as I should.

Good for you for taking the plunge, and congrats on landing those BWFs!

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