The Art of Self Promotion through In-Person Networking

It’s only a few days until Christmas and I’m tempted to write about all the great gifts that writers want and need.

Books, books, and more books!  Okay, okay, I admit that’s what I want for Christmas.

And I could talk about all the other gifts that are great for writers, me included.  Take note all of you who are friends of mine.  *hint, hint*  Just to name a few: a writer’s retreat, the content driven organizer tool for writers that I’ve been hearing rave reviews about from my writing friends called Scrivener, a Scratch subscription to learn all about the “business of good writing” as a fellow writer puts it, a coffee gift card (Gotta have coffee!) and there are plenty more.

Instead I’ve a few suggestions on how to network yourself as a writer.   Yep, that’s right you need to market yourself if you want to be noticed in the writing world.

Attend social gatherings and cocktail parties.  Be real while there.  Not braggidocios or arrogant.  Don’t be shy either.  Find a middle road.  Relate with others on topics outside of writing.  That’s not to say you can’t talk about writing.  Just don’t let that be all that you talk about.  Let them see you as the person behind the story, book, screenplay or whatever it is you specialize in writing. Continue reading

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