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Six years ago, I didn't know any authors. I thought they were magical beings that lived in another realm entirely, one that I could never reach.
That all changed when I started using Twitter to talk about writing and publishing, and started blogging here in 2008, as well as starting a podcast to actually talk to ‘live' authors. I started to find a community.
In the last few years, I've found that the best opportunities for connection with readers has come from other authors that I've connected with online, as well as live events I have attended. I had short stories commissioned by Kobo because of a meeting at London Book Fair. I've spoken in Bali, Zurich and Berlin because of Twitter. And I am part of The Twelve, hitting the NY Times and USA Today list together, via twitter and a live conference meeting. I cannot emphasize enough how important community is, and I have built mine online over the years – perfect for an introvert!
Today, author Daryl Rothman explains how he has grown a literary community and how you can too.
Grow an audience
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship,” notes Phillip Pullman, “stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
Indeed. We each have a story to tell. But how do you build an audience, a platform, so that there will be people to hear them? Unless you’ve already landed a contract with one of the big publishers, then you are facing the same reality as most of us—that to achieve the success you want, to ensure as many people as possible hear your story, and read your book, you must become your own best advocate.
Take matters into your own hands
How to do it?