Networking with other writers and publishing professionals can be an effective way for self-publishing writers to gain knowledge, support, and opportunities in their careers. Here are some tips for networking in the writing and publishing industry:

  1. Attend writing conferences: Writing conferences provide opportunities for writers to meet other writers, industry professionals, and publishing experts. Attendees can participate in workshops, panel discussions, and networking events.
  2. Join writing organisations: Organisations in the US such as the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Romance Writers of America (RWA) provide resources and networking opportunities for writers in specific genres. In the UK, some writing organisations for self-publishing writers include the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) UK, The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, and The Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA). In South Africa, some writing organisations for self-publishing writers include The African Writers Trust, the Southern African Freelancers’ Association, the South African Writers College, Cape Town Writers’ Network on Meetup, and the Cape Town Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In Pretoria, there is the Pretoria Book Club which also organises through Meetup.
  3. Form relationships with other writers: Joining online writing communities, such as Goodreads and Reddit’s Writing community, can provide a platform for writers to connect with and learn from other writers.
  4. Engage in social media: Social media platforms, such as Twitter and LinkedIn, can be useful for connecting with other writers, publishing professionals, and readers. Engage in online conversations and participate in writing-related groups.
  5. Build a professional network: Networking can also involve reaching out to publishing professionals, such as editors, agents, and booksellers, to build relationships and learn from their experiences.
  6. Collaborate with other writers: Collaborating with other writers on projects or initiatives can be a great way to build relationships and enhance your skills and opportunities as a self-publishing writer.

Remember that networking takes time and effort, but it can pay off in the long run by providing valuable connections and opportunities for growth in your writing career.

This blog post was partly written with ChatGPT.