When 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.