How to Network with Authors 

It’s no secret that there is power in numbers, and writers aren’t excluded from that promise. Whether you’ve already published your story or are still dreaming about writing for children, I highly recommend connecting with others who share similar goals. In this blog, you’ll discover how to network with authors and why it’s such a game changer.

Why Network with Authors

You Can Learn from Others

When you network with other authors, you’ll inevitably learn and grow as a result, especially if you connect with more experienced children’s writers. Many writers tend to view others as competition, but I try to challenge this idea as much as possible. Instead of competing with one another, we should offer advice to the other writers around us.

Why? Because at the end of the day, it’s about the children. The more writers we can help publish, the more children will be inspired by their stories. That’s why it’s important to network with authors.

Personally, I’m always enrolled in some kind of self-development. Whether it be an online group or a local community, I’m always searching for opportunities to grow and learn from others.

I never want to be the smartest person in the room.

I always want to look up to those who have more success than me, learn from them, and keep growing. (And I encourage all writers to do the same!)

They’ll Encourage You

Similarly, having a community to back you up can be very encouraging. There’s no doubt that you’ll have good days and bad days along your writing journey, but if you network with authors, you’ll have a support system ready to catch you if you fall.

You’ll Be Held Accountable

When you network with authors, you’ll also be more likely to hold yourself accountable. For some reason, we find it much harder to let others down than it is to let ourselves down. But when you constantly surround yourself with other children’s writers, you’ll be sure to stay motivated.

Of course, I always recommend assigning yourself an accountability partner too.

How to Network with Authors

Join a Mastermind Group

If you don’t know what a mastermind group is, I highly recommend reading THIS blog about mastermind groups.

I love mastermind groups because they force you to be intentional about setting goals, meeting them, and connecting with others along the way. This is a great way to network with authors.

If it wasn’t for my mastermind group, I never would have started ML Publishing or helped over 50 authors publish their children’s books.

Not sure where to find a mastermind group for children’s writers? Check out Publishing Mastermind.

Start Your Own Local Community

If you prefer in-person groups and there isn’t anything available in your community, I highly recommend starting your own. It might feel slow at first, but with enough time, it can grow and help so many local writers pursue their passion (and network with authors).

Attend a LIVE Writers Event

If the idea of starting your own group or committing to a year-long mastermind is too daunting right now, LIVE events are a fantastic alternative.

LIVE events give you ample opportunity to network with authors without making any long-term commitments. They’re often motivating, encouraging, and supportive. A good writers event will focus not only on answering your questions, but also on helping you develop a writer’s mindset.

Believe LIVE is an in-person event I offer to writers who have published their children’s books AND writers who are hoping to one day publish. It focuses on mindset and developing belief in yourself so you can do what you were always meant to do: inspire children.

If you’d like to learn more about that event, click the button below 👇

No matter which method you choose, it’s important to network with authors. You CAN do it!

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