Early in my career, when I still had the word ‘aspiring’ in front of ‘author,’ I took to heart the advice I’d received from several sources about surrounding myself with great people. I was hoping to find the actual quote, but when I asked Michael Underwood (from whom much good advice flows) he could just recall saying ‘don’t network, make friends,’ which isn’t as poetic as I remember it being.
Some analogies involve invoking karma. Doing something for someone, not just because you think there is something specific they will do for you, but simply because it’s a nice thing to do. There’s a vague sense of ‘someday it will circle back around to you’ but that’s not why you do it.
After my first NaNoWriMo in 2010, I picked an agent and started following her on twitter. Her advice (amidst much wonderful advice) was to network not just with other writers, but all kinds of people who interest you are are doing the kinds of things you want to do.
For five years now, I’ve been doing this. I began by following people on social media and doing interviews with my favorites. I attended my first conference (I really want to do more, and money is the only thing stopping me.) I seek out people who are a positive influence, and I bask in their presence.
Most of the opportunities that have moved my career forward came about because of a connection with someone in my network. Not the kind of connection that’s formed when two people pass in the night and exchange promo materials, but the real kind of relationship that is its own brand of friendship.
I have a problem.
Not enough writing.
With a new release a couple weeks ago and another new release coming up soon, it’s understandable that I’d be doing more editing and promo than actual writing. However, looking back at my last few updates, that’s happened several weeks in a row now. If I hadn’t been doing these updates, I might never have noticed.
So… yes, at the moment I have a story open that needs to be edited. I’ll be working on that in a few minutes. Then…more writing.
Se ya’ll next week.
Grands is up at all outlets and Faceplanting is Always an Option is up on Amazon for preorder!