“… Community is so important, especially in the fast-paced and ever-changing world of indie authorship. There is so much to know and learn and it can definitely feel overwhelming, and possibly even be isolating if you don’t have any other authors in your life.
A community of authors around you can provide feedback on covers, answer questions about technical issues, share information about the latest online tools for your author business, and so much more.
Here are some ways to find author friends and community, both in person and online. Many of the ideas listed below are free or low-cost. There’s no need to break the bank to find writing friends!
We’ll start with the online ideas, since most of us are introverts and love hanging out in our writing caves.
1. Join a Facebook group for your genre and/or sub-genre
Facebook has its detractors, but it is amazing for providing online groups. If you use the search function in Facebook, you’ll likely find several groups focused on your genre.
Most groups require someone to approve your request to join, so once that has happened, get your metaphorical feet wet by having a look at the type of posts authors are sharing.
If you haven’t joined a group before you might feel shy about commenting at first. It’s best to wait until you have a good sense of the atmosphere of the group. When you feel comfortable, go ahead and chime in.
Remember to always – always! – be respectful, kind, courteous and, if you can be helpful, that’s even better. Eventually, some of the relationships you build in the group will expand and you’ll become Facebook friends with some of the people. And then perhaps even connect in other ways, with co-writing projects or marketing collaborations, or just supporting one another.
2. Join the Facebook group for an organization that’s aimed at your genre
Most genres have an association or group, and most of these have a Facebook Group. There are ones for the Mystery Writers of America, Thriller Writers, Romance Writers, you name it.
If you don’t yet belong to your genre’s association yet, you can often ‘Like’ the Facebook page for the group and learn more about it there. You’ll learn where the authors for your genre hang out, what books they read, and what authors and leaders they follow.
When I’m on Facebook, I often hang out in the Alliance of Independent Authors Facebook Group where new authors post questions and other members help them out.”