Networking for AuthorsWhen it comes to meeting writers, publishers, editors, and agents, social media can be a great way to introduce yourself, but the strongest connections are usually made in person. If you take your writing career seriously, at some point you’re going to have to do something which makes many shy writers uncomfortable: network!

Cringing already? I’m not going to lie to you; it’s not easy to bust through those internal walls of shyness. They’ve been standing for a long time. But making professional connections in the publishing industry doesn’t have to feel like getting a root canal either.

Here are 5 articles to help make your author networking efforts a little easier

1. Seven Networking Tips for Authors

2. Five Networking Tips for Writers

3. Six Ways to Stand Out at a Writers Conference

4. One Writers Conference Can Be All the Catalyst You Need

5. Pitching Your Book to an Agent at a Writers Conference

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Are you a shy writer? How do you force yourself to get out there? Let us know what’s worked for you in the comments section below.

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Chris Robley

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is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

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