There’s lots of talk in writing circles, and rightly so, about the value of a writing posse, tribe, or group to help you generate high-quality work, and finish your projects. Hopefully, you’re familiar with the encouragement, accountability, and critique these groups can offer, and you’ve explored both local and online groups to assist in powering your writing forward.
However, today I’d like to remind you of the incredible potential of your writing tribe, far beyond the stage where your manuscript feels complete. If you’re seeking publication, typing The End is far from it!
I don’t want to discourage you, but even after you declare your work to be complete, you still have a long road ahead.
I trust it goes without saying that your tribe will be stronger, and your karma so much healthier, if you help other writers and authors in exactly these ways too!
Clearly, local and online writing groups are a key way to find like-minded souls. Be sure to look out for groups which focus on your genre, as the shared learning here can be gold dust. However, I’ve also made wonderfully effective connections – some of which have grown into true friendships – through these methods:
I didn’t set out to network with these people, and I certainly didn’t have profit in mind for the majority of these interactions. But an attitude of curiosity, plus a genuine willingness to help others in small ways, has repaid me many times over.
So, it’s my firm belief that building and nurturing your writing posse will certainly help your productivity and promotional efforts. But it goes way beyond that too, as a vital factor in boosting your grit, enjoyment and long-term author career.
Have you found your own author posse? Please share your experiences below!
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Rachel Thompson is the author of newly released BadRedhead Media 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge: How to energize your book sales in a month - created to help authors market their book. She is also the author of Broken Places (one of IndieReader's "Best of 2015" top books and 2015 Honorable Mention Winner in the San Francisco Book Festival), and the multi award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. She owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, IndieReader.com, The San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says…), 12Most.com, BookPromotion.com, and Self-Publishers Monthly. Not just an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, Rachel is the creator and founder of the hashtag phenomenon #MondayBlogs and two live Twitter chats: #BookMarketingChat (co-hosted with TheRuralVA, Emilie Rabitoy) and #SexAbuseChat, co-hosted with C. Streetlights and Judith Staff. She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.
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