Business people often speak of pipelines. They are not referring to those copper tubes that run water throughout your house. They are referring to lists of clients and business associates who are crucial to the building of their businesses.
Writers have pipelines too. They come in the form of fellow writers, editors, agents, and publishers. Your writing pipeline is critical to your career success. For this reason, you should keep that pipeline open.
How do you do so?
1) Keep building new writing relationships through conferences, online loops , blogs, and critique groups.
2) Maintain and continue to cultivate established writing relationships. A note here, a phone call there will help strengthen those ties that bind you to the writing profession.
3) Become a part of the pipelines of other writers by sowing into their lives, both professionally and personally. Much has been given to us. Therefore, we have much to give back.