16.4: Networking

Your Hosts: Dan, Mary Robinette, Erin, Brandon, and Howard

Networking is an invaluable part of any business, and the business of writing is no exception. In this episode we’ll talk about how to do it effectively, genuinely, and in ways that benefit the entire community.

Credits: This episode was recorded my Marshall Carr, and mastered by Alex Jackson

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Come up with five non-transactional things you can do to help other people in your network.

The City We Became, by N.K. Jemesin

8 thoughts on “16.4: Networking”

  1. Thanks for the podcast! It might be valuable to include everyone’s last names in the descriptions so we can look them up. Thanks!

    1. Think of social media as another form of conversation and another place you can, with caution, approach. The same rules apply if you want to approach a professional in the field; be mindful of their time, have something to say about a subject they are already discussing in their posts, have a sales pitch ready IF they ask but don’t offer it before.

      The pitfall is, that social media can quickly become absolutely packed with people, to the point where being memorable is much harder. Blogs are better where they exist but even those are fewer in number.

      This was a bit easier in the days of networks like livejournal and message boards that weren’t as crowded or had a particular focus . The number of writers of a certain age and group who will reminisce fondly at the mere mention of the Rumor Mill is pretty darn high.

  2. I got to meet an astronaut. You can see where this is going. I asked my question and the word writing was in there. She said “Have you heard of Mary Robinette Kowal..”

  3. Thanks for the great insight on networking. Any ideas/advice for getting started with networking while the pandemic is still in full swing?

  4. This week, a pentagram of connections embedded in a growing spiderweb of other connections tied together Dan, Mary Robinette, Erin, Brandon, and Howard as they bounced and talked about networking. Connections to editors, agents, and publishers are only part of the network that forms the greater community. But how do you keep those threads growing? Lots of great ideas available now for you to read in the transcript in the archives.

  5. On the thought of how to build networking during the pandemic, one idea that occurs to me is taking advantage of some of the virtual conferences that you might not be able to attend otherwise. Many of them come with a Discord or Slack that can be a great way to connect with other writers and allow you to participate at your own pace! I know those tools aren’t for everyone, but worth checking out IMVHO. I’ve also met some great folks by taking writing classes, and there are a lot of those now available online as well.

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