Sunday, 4 December 2011

Best Social Networking Sites For Writers--Kurt Chambers


This post was inspired by a writer friend of mine who asked for my advice on networking, so I decided to write a blog post that would hopefully answer all your networking questions and provide the best recourses to all the top writers networking sites.
Networking is important to any person who is looking to promote themselves to the general public. But networking is so much more than just self promotion. It is especially important to us writers because it is somewhere to get the support we need to take us along this perilous journey. Becoming a successful writer is no easy task. In order for us writers to grow and learn to become the best we can be, and to be a success in the publishing business, we need to be around like-minded people. Fortunately, the writing community is a thriving place where there is plenty of help for any budding authors who wish to try their hand at being the next J.K Rowling.
So, what is networking? The idea is to make yourself as visible as possible. You want to get your name out there in the world and tell them all about your wonderful, shiny new novel and how awesome it is. You don’t need to be a published author to network. You may not have even finished writing your story, but that doesn’t stop you from telling the world about it and what progress you are making. Eventually, you are going to need a fan base, so it’s best to get started straight away.
Your aim is to show up on the world's number one search engine, Google, to give you maximum exposure. The quickest and easiest way to do this is to use the most popular network sites. Below is a list of the top five that will make you score well on Google.
Main Network Sites

There is an easy way to check your progress once you start networking. It's called 'ego surfing'. You simply go to Google and type in your name followed by your profession and see how much of your stuff is showing up. The more you network, the more chance you have of getting on the front page of Google. That's where you want to be, on the first page of results. As an example, here is my Google score when I ego surf with the key words, Kurt Chambers Author. When you just type in your name and fill the first page, you know you've made it. lol

So you want to be a writer? The best advice I can give you, and this is sound advice, is to join a writing community and go and mingle with other writers. Any publisher or agent will suggest this to you, and I recommend it through personal experience. It’s the ideal place to present your work to other writers and get good critique advice. I now run the Young Adult Novel Workshop on writing.com that I joined about seven years ago. They taught me everything I know today. And more importantly, I met some of the best friends I’ve ever had. These communities are where you will learn your trade and make contacts. Here is a list of the most popular places.
Most Popular Network Communities For Writers
Writing. com: http://writing.com
The Writing Room: http://www.writingroom.com/
My Creative Content: http://www.mycreativeintent.com/
Another good recourse to seek advice and to talk to other writers is a message board. These cover about every subject related to writing that you can think of. I use message boards all the time as they contain so much useful information.
Message Boards for Writers
Freelance Writing Message Boards: http://www.freelancewriting.com/forums/index.php
National Novel Writing Month Forum: http://www.nanowrimo.org/forum
Message Boards for Writers: http://www.mywriterscircle.com/
Writers.net Message Boards: http://www.writers.net/forum/
Writers Weekly Message Boards: http://forums.writersweekly.com/
If you consider yourself to be a more seasoned writer and ready to take on the world with your new novel, you may want to make more connections with professional bodies. You can do this by joining an organisation that deals in these circles. Here are two examples of reputable organisations and a list of others.
Organisations
For Children's Writers: http://www.scbwi.org/
American Christian Fiction Writers: http://www.acfw.com/

And last but not least, here are a few more links where writers gather. I think that about covers all the major network sites.

Other Book Related Sites For Writers
WriteOnCon Annual Conference: http://writeoncon.com/
So, what are you waiting for? Go out there and network to your heart’s desire. Meet cool writer people and see if you can knock J.K Rowling from the top spot. Hehe!! Good luck with that!
If you’ve read my blog and found it useful, please return the favour by leaving a comment. I love to hear from my readers. Thank you.


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12 comments:

  1. Love this!! I'm bookmarking it and will be back to explore some of the sites you mentioned. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. Networking is so very important for writers, not only for fellowship, but also for learning and promoting each other's books. I don't know how writers did it before the internet was invented.

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  2. Thank you, Annie :) You're my biggest fan haha!!

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    1. My pleasure, Andrew :) I hope you find it helpful.

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  4. Well, I guess that best social networking sites for writer is either Facebook or LinkedIn cause they can share some of their works in Facebook and for sure they will get more likes.

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    1. Yeah, it all depends on what you are looking for from a site and what stage in the writing game you are at. Each site has something different to offer, for example, writing.com is good if your are learning to write and Facebook is good for advertising if you are already a seasoned writer.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment, Billy :) It's always good to see new faces here.

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  5. Thank you this was really helpful!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Emily :) I'm glad you found it helpful.

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  6. I would recommended for include http://www.wallpost.com/ on the list of "Most Popular Network Communities For Writers", as per my knowledge about wallpost, it's the social networking & photo sharing site that allows to write articles those who have passion of writing.

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    1. Thank you so much for your suggestion, Anu :) and thanks for visiting my humble blog :)

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  7. Kurt! You're heading the The Young Adult site now? Wow, you're moving up in the world. Great to hear it. I dropped Writing.com for a while, life got in the way, but now I'm back, or at least signed back up.

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  8. How good to hear from you, Julie! :) Yeah, have been for a couple of years with Annie. Its gone dramatically down hill since then LOL Most of our members got published and went off doing author stuff. That's good though :)

    I can relate to the life thing :) You're making a comeback! That's awesome. The Novel Workshops have changed a bit since you was last there and all blended into one. Except YA, we're the same.

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