Monday, May 19, 2008

Network at every opportunity.

On Saturday we had two guest speakers at the writers' circle that I go to. Both were authors who had just had novels published - Sue Moorcroft (Family Matters - ISBN:978-0-7090-8523-2) and Judith Allnatt (A Mile of River - ISBN: 978-0-385-61306-4)

Both authors read passages from their novels and then explained about the actual process of writing, and how they went about researching various facts and figures.

The floor was then opened up to questions where we could ask them anything - and we did! Members asked where they got their inspiration from, what time of the day was best for them for their writing, how much planning did they do and what were the most difficult sections to tackle.

During our break, some members even continued interrogating our guest speakers, but who can blame them? Rarely do we get the opportunity to question authors at such a close quarter. One of them even gave me a 'name' to use when I'm ready to approach a publisher with my next book proposal. (More on that very soon I hope!)

So if ever you have an opportunity to go and listen to a professional writer, do make the effort. Swapping names, asking questions, and jotting down any ideas and pieces of advice can be so useful. Networking is important. Not only is it a great way to share knowledge, but it does take you away from your desk for a few hours, which has got to be a good thing!

So go on. Search the internet, your local library or bookshop for your nearest local author event. Or book some tickets at your nearest literary festival. You will enjoy it.

Good luck.