Wednesday, March 29, 2006


A good post from writer Heidi Kneale about networking in the writing/publishing field. The gist of the article is that it's a great idea to get yourself out there and meet people in the field. Don't just stand on the sidelines and be a lurker. If you're really interested in this field or any other, get involved.

Of course, there are some rules to follow, but they are mostly matters of decorum that should be common sense if you've been on the web before. Above all, be polite. People will most likely respond in kind if you're nice to them. One more point: before commenting on another blog or discussion forum, check out the site or read the FAQ. This can help you to avoid those stupid questions (yes, there ARE stupid questions).

Update: Fixed bad link.

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Anonymous Steve Leigh said...

I'd agree with Heidi overall. It's possible to have a career without interacting much with other writers, editors, and agents, but interaction certainly helps. Of course, she fails to mention is that if you're an utter boor without a trace of redeeming social graces, you might actually hurt your career... :-)

Byt the way, your second link doesn't seem to lead anywhere -- all I got was a blank page.

3/30/2006 08:35:00 AM  
Blogger Ray said...

LOL. I bet you're right about that. I've read on editor's/publisher's/agent's blogs that even though most will try to be fair, some just won't do business with someone they don't like or can't stand.

Thanks for telling me about the bad link!

3/30/2006 10:19:00 AM  
Blogger Rose DesRochers said...

I am the founder of a writing community and interaction is wonderful for your writing career.

3/30/2006 03:18:00 PM  

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