But publishing is not a solitary activity.
At the recent University of Wisconsin's Writers' Institute, several of us sat on a panel discussion trying to get a single point out to the writers in that room. To be successful, a writer has to have a change of thought and perspective on what they were doing. I noted in particular that writers have to shift from thinking of this activity as simply a hobby and see it more of a profession. Several other agents added on to the comment noting that to be successful, writers had to get out from behind that computer.
What is the purpose of leaving the sanctity of the computer? The answers are simple. I have left it to just three broad categories to look at.
- PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING
- Contact names
- Things people are looking for via word of mouth
- New trends in the business.
- New opportunities for getting that project in front of people you need
- CREATIVE NETWORKING
This creative networking will also give you some insights on approaches you might not have faced yet in your writing. This is a business of learning from each other. We hear an author speak of how they worked through a situation, and then, when we find our own writing facing the same issue, our brain remembers that solution. We might not remember the name of the person or their situation, but we have been exposed to it.
So, if you are one of those quiet and shy writers, your homework this week is to get out there and shake a few hands with people. Who knows what you might discover.