60: 8 Ways to Make Author Connections

Making connections as writers is important. But how do you go about leaving your shell to make those connections? Here are eight ways to connect.

Collaboration for Authors: A Complete Guide to Collaborating, Finding a Partner, and Accelerating Your Author Career by Daniel Willcocks and J. Thorn

Co-writing a book: Collaboration and Co-creation for Authors by J. Thorn and Joanna Penn

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True story. When I started thinking about this episode, I

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was wearing a t shirt with the motto. I'm not antisocial. I

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just prefer to stay at home. It featured a turtle on the front

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and turtles are my spirit animal because they can always draw

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into their shells and be at home. The Myers Briggs test says

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I am an INTJ, which stands for the introverted intuitive

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thinking and judging personality type, the architect or if you

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prefer the evil mastermind, the evil mastermind part is not a

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term put forward by the Myers Briggs folks, but it seems to

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fit, especially when you know Professor Moriarty and Elon Musk

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are supposedly INTJ is one study I found estimates that female

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INTJ is makeup only 0.5% of the population. Yay, me! I'm a

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unicorn. What it really adds up to in my case, is someone who

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always, always feel socially awkward, no matter how well I

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fit in. But I'm also an intuitive thinking sort of

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person who is hyper self aware. That means I know I need to make

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connections, no matter how much I want to be alone. So today, we

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are going to talk about writers making connections, because it's

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important and whether or not you are also an INTJ. There are

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plenty of authors who are introverts. So I hope this

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episode will help you come out of your shell. To make

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connections a writing precedes authors. Welcome back to the

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podcast. To those of you who are new, I want to extend a special

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welcome. My name is Kathrese McKee. And I'm glad you're here.

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If you are a writer seeking encouragement, information and

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inspiration, this podcast is for you. Let's get to it. Let's

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start by figuring out why making connections is important for

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writers. First, if you don't connect with readers, there's

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really no reason to publish your writing. You need to understand

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their needs, wants and desires, you need to understand what they

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want to read. Once you have a set of readers, you need to

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nurture your relationship with your readers if you want to sell

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more books. Second, you need connections to competent

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editors, cover designers and other service providers to

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produce the best products possible. Third, you need to

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connect with other writers because other writers are the

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only folks who will fully understand your daily struggles

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with words and other writerly chores. Your spouse won't get it

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unless they write to your kids won't get it. Face it, the

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majority of your family won't even read your books. You need

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other writers to support you. Through it all. let me commend

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this, you really really need to connect with other writers in

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your genre, you can enjoy meeting a romance writer. But if

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you write hard science fiction, that connection is unlikely to

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help your writing business find folks, let's call them

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coopetition, who cooperate with you to cross promote and

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critique and create great books. Fourth, you need to connect with

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agents and publishers, if you are not interested in being an

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indie author. Fifth, it's a good idea to make connections with

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library staff members and bookstore owners, no matter if

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you are an indie author or traditionally published. And did

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I mention connecting with readers? That's the most

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important thing. Okay, so making connections is important. But

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how do you go about leaving your shell to make those connections?

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We could spend an episode on each of these tips. But as an

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overview, here are eight ways to make connections for authors,

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one, writing communities if you live near a city, then more than

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likely there's at least one chapter of a writing

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organization that has regular meetings where you can meet

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other authors if you live in a rural area. They may not

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however, there is nothing to stop you from joining a national

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authors Association like our RWA (Romance Writers of America), or

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SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers) of America or

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the Mystery Writers of America or the like these associations

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have online forums. Tune in to your genre. Get to know your

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peers. Two, conferences and workshops. Even if you can't

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find a writing community. You can attend conferences and

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workshops. Usually these are not free, but I have never been

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sorry that I paid to attend. Here's a chance to meet authors

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you have heard of editors, agents and future collaborators.

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Some conferences, offer pitch sessions and mentoring. All

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workshops and conferences give you the opportunity to meet

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people with similar interests. Make sure you get contact

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information for people you meet, and then follow up three social

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media. Find author groups on Facebook and search for authors

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on Instagram and Tiktok interact on

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Mind for groups be sure to read and follow group guidelines. No

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spamming and self promotion, get in there and interact. Try to

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contribute and be sociable and respectful. If possible, create

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posts yourself. When someone follows me on Instagram, I pop

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over to see their posts. If it's nothing besides sale sale sale,

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I don't follow back, it is entirely possible to strike up

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virtual friendships and get to know your peers long before you

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have an opportunity to meet them in real life. Four - literary

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events and readings, check out meetup.com and Eventbrite, and

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count library calendars and bookstore announcements to find

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local events where you can meet other authors. Also, there's

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nothing stopping you from scheduling an event of your own

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to connect with local authors five critique groups, my first

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critique group had about seven authors from all over the United

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States and Canada, we found each other through an online message

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board, made available through our mutual Writers Association.

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My second critique group was established the same way, you

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need critique partners, especially when you're starting

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out, take every piece of advice with a grain of salt. It helps

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to find authors at or above your level. But honest, thoughtful

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critique from any serious reader is worth its weight in gold.

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Take the advice you can use and ignore the rest. critique groups

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help you forge long lasting relationships with your peers.

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connections that are meaningful. Make sure your critique group

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has clear guidelines and expectations before you join.

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Writing pursuits is run by Kathrese. McKee, who has been

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trusted by fiction authors since 2014. To take their writing to a

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new level of excellence. Kathrese is a three story

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methods certified editor who specializes in story

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diagnostics, coaching and line editing to help you prepare your

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story for the journey ahead. For more information, go to writing

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pursuits.com. The link is in the show notes. And now back to the podcast.

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Six collaborations okay, this is definitely something I have not

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done. Personally, I don't think editing a couple of anthologies

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counts, but finding a collaborative partner is a great

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way to advance and challenge your writing skills.

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Collaborating is something I want to do. Once I find the

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right partner, check out a couple of resources before you

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get started. Collaboration for authors A Complete Guide to

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collaborating finding a partner and accelerating your author

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career by Daniel Wilcox and Jay Thorne, and also co writing a

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book collaboration and co creation for authors, Vijay

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Thorn and Joanna pen. I will put links to these in the show

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notes. Seven mentors. I mentioned finding mentors at

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conferences but of course, you can find them other places. If

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you find a mentor or take part in a mentoring group or

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mastermind group, you will progress more quickly than you

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would on your own. When you find people who suit you these

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connections can last a lifetime. Eight, your newsletter

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subscribers. The moment you finish your first best short

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story or novella put it out there and collect email

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subscribers seriously. Before you publish your first book

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published a lead magnet, set up a free Miller Lite account. And

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the moment you get a subscriber start sending out a monthly

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newsletter. A newsletter is your best way to forge personal

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connections with your readers, your tribe, your niche, whatever

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you want to call them. You need to connect with your readers and

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keep the connection fresh. entertain them, inform them info

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obtain them. Every once in a while send your readers and

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exclusive chapter or short story it is never too late to do this.

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If you haven't started a newsletter, put it on your

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calendar and set to work. If someone writes back, make sure

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you respond. And guess what? You never have to leave your house

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to send out a newsletter. What a great deal. In conclusion, I'm

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certain I haven't covered every method for writers to make

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meaningful connections. Today we've discussed why you need to

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make the effort to come out of your shell to make connections

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with other writers and readers. And we covered eight ways to

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increase your odds. Writing communities conferences and

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workshops, social media, literary events and meetings,

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critique groups, collaborations, mentors and last but not least,

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your newsletter subscribers. If you would like to connect with

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me, find me on Instagram at writing pursuits podcast. How do

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you make writing related connections? Leave your answers

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at writing proceeds.com forward slash podcast forward slash 60.

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That's all I have for today. Until next time, keep writing my

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friends keep writing. Thank you for listening to the podcast.

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