The Power of Networking

Writers are often introverts who find promoting their writing a bit uncomfortable and challenging. Perhaps the discomfort stems from the misconception about promotion. Promotion is not bragging on ourselves. Promotion is letting the public know what services we offer. 

One of the best ways to let others know what you offer is through networking. Networking is simply the process of creating a “network” of contacts for mutual professional benefit. Those on the network purchase your services and you purchase theirs. It’s a win-win situation. 

The Web has provided ample opportunities for networking in the form of Facebook, Plaxo, LinkedIn, and numerous writers’ fora. You can also join professional organizations and add your name to their online list of members offering services. I have gotten several writing gigs from such a listing. 

So take advantage of networking opportunities to tell others about the writing services you can offer them and to learn about the services they can offer you. You may be pleasantly surprised at how your writing business takes a major leap forward.

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3 thoughts on “The Power of Networking

  1. Thank you, MaryAnn, for these tips. I have found that since I started a blog and joined Facebook that I’ve been able to connect with others. Will have to look into some of these other options, too. Blessings!

    September 9, 2009 at 8:27 AM

  2. It’s good to know the purpose of things like Facebook and LinkedIn.

    Facebook is a social networking system, while LinkedIn is strictly a business network.

    I belong to both because I think they’re important. I’m in the lower percentage of writers who are extroverts, but networking is still important for me.

    September 9, 2009 at 9:27 AM

  3. It’s good to know the purpose of things like Facebook and LinkedIn.

    Facebook is a social networking system, while LinkedIn is strictly a business network.

    I belong to both because I think they’re important. I’m in the lower percentage of writers who are extroverts, but networking is still important for me.

    September 9, 2009 at 9:27 AM