Kamy has big ideas about the importance of women (and men) writers networking and is growing her site, which currently has 6,000 writers on it.
She said men are welcome to join, by the way, even though the site is primarily to support women writers.The idea is that we should not have to re-invent the wheel. When someone is looking for an agent, has a book to publicize, or is trying to tweak a book proposal, SheWrites.com can serve as a place to get advice from other writers, referrals to agents and editors, and other information of all kind.
I think a lot of writers struggle with how much time to put into social networking and this was an issue that came up in our discussion with Kamy. Virginia Morell, who wrote a cover story for National Geographic about how animals think and is currently writing a book on the same topic, mentioned how Cormac McCarthy still uses a typewriter to do his work. He doesn’t have to worry about being distracted by the Internet.
As writers, we all need support. SheWrites seems like one excellent way to get it though I need to spend more time on the site than I have already in order to get more out of it. Face-to-face meetings with other writers (like the one we had yesterday), workshops, author readings, classes, and conferences are other ways to find your tribe.
Devorah Zaslow, a teacher, writer, and storyteller in Ashland, mentioned that there used to be a wonderful writers’ conference here, before my time. It makes sense for Ashland to be a mecca for writers: we’re surrounding by muse-inspiring mountains, we have a 9-month world class Shakespeare festival as well as lots of other local theater, and we are set up as a town that welcomes tourists.
I walked away from meeting Kamy feeling inspired, not only to do more in our small town but to make more connections with other writers, both on-line and off.
What on-line networking do you do as a writer? What about off-line (real life) networking? Which do you find more helpful?