As I would like to share real examples of how writers can benefit from interacting with others online, I am asking you to share your experiences with me. Whether you want to keep the names between you and me, or you’re not concerned about anonymity is up to you. I’ll only disclose with workshop attendees what you agree to share.
Moving past the obvious benefits of public profiles, making friends, and using RSS feeds, I am hoping to discover tangible experiences of writers of all stages and all genres. Some of the stories I would love to hear about include the following suggestions:
- An author develops a working relationship with a freelance editor
- A publisher discovers and recruits a new voice for their magazine, newspaper, or anthology
- An author is discovered and contacted by an editor, agent, or other paying market
- A collaboration is developed through a relationship initiated online
- A writer is offered an opportunity to speak at a conference or workshop
- An author’s work published online is acquired by another media outlet/publisher
- A really interesting friendship is developed that may not have otherwise emerged if it weren’t for social networking
- Evidence of sales increase or readership linked to specific online activity
- Your blog caught the attention of an editor, agent, publicist, etc
- Any number of other positive working relationships and benefits that came about because of using twitter, facebook, myspace, goodreads, shewrites, or any of the other sites
You know the experiences you’ve had. I’d love to hear your personal success stories about how social media has benefited you, improved your readership, or improved your sales/contracts, etc. I don’t need to know all the details, but I would love to be able to share with conference attendees some of the tangible experiences real working writers have benefited from as a result of creating an online presence.
To submit your experience, send an email to email@example.com.
Give as many details as you like, but be sure to let me know anything you want kept between us. As an example, you may have had an experience with a well-known author or a mega publishing house and not want to name them by name. That’s fine. You can still share the story without identifying all parties. So long as your story is yours, real, and something that truly benefited you, I want to hear about it. Also please feel free to mention your website and publications if you want me to share that info with workshop attendees, so they can learn more about you – if you want. I’m happy to send people your way, but only if you want to share your links and publications.
Thank you to all who submit an experience or two. If you’ve had the kind of experience I am talking about, you know how valuable social networking can be for an author. Thus, I thank you for allowing me to share such positive examples with others looking for a reason to create an online presence.
Remember to send your experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org.