The only way to get recognized is to participate.
Writing only improves by writing and learning as you go. Any author will tell you this. A key part of that is to participate in critique groups, and other supportive writing groups. Each group is different and offers a unique experience, based on what their area of expertise is.
The same goes for marketing. Join groups, and above all participate in the exercises, and events. Even if you don’t think you’ll ever “make it”.
This past weekend #MFRW held a pitching session with over 28 publishers, and one lady in the group pitched two books. Both times she was asked for the full completed manuscript. Further more, during the wait between pitches, one of the publishers in the chat room asked if anyone had a pitch they wanted to practice with. This same lady volunteered another book she’s working on and guess what? When the MS is complete, the publisher wants it too. Now that’s incredible!
None of this would have happened if the lady hadn’t participated in the group. She went beyond that and helped monitor the other pitches to ensure things went smoothly. Marika, we’re all so proud of you and are thrilled for you and your successes. We’ve had several other members receive requests for their full complete manuscripts as well.
Since joining #MFRW I’ve learned a vast sea of knowledge, not just about publishing. Yes that is the main thing they offer, but we have a very supportive group that is comprised of people from all aspects of the base. Bottom line, we are writers first and foremost, and help each other, and others however we can.
Last night I became a staff member of #MFRW. I’m surprised, and pleased by this opportunity to help others and help our group expand. The family like atmosphere is awesome! We laugh and joke while we learn, which makes learning fun. The support is incredible. We all have areas where we need to improve, and thanks to this group we have the opportunity to do so.
I participate regularly in a number of critique groups, and other writing groups as well. One just about blog hops, which will be the focus of next week’s post.
Which groups are you an active member of? What have you learned from them? Does a particular group, or something you’ve learned from them, stand out to you? Don’t be shy to speak up.