If you could have lunch with a successful author or publisher, would you do it? Think of a writing conference as that lunch on a much larger scale.

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This might sound a little hyperbolic, but it's true: your whole writing career could be changed by attending just one literary conference, book fair, or publishing industry trade show. Here are a few tips on how to prepare.

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When you first started composing your masterpiece, you probably thought the biggest hurdle was actually getting it done.  By now, you’ve learned there are many more challenges than just the writing process. You need to find an editor, a publisher, a peer review group.  And, you need to engage in some serious marketing – of yourself and your book.

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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

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New authors might fear attending a writers conference. Seasoned writers may think they don't need to go to conferences anymore. It's worth reconsidering.

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