Yesterday evening, I was at the monthly Glasgow networking event for writers, publishers, agents and anyone else in the business, known as Weegie Wednesday. I’d never been before, even though my daughter and a friend often tell me I should come along. But I was one of two speakers last night, so this reluctant networker had to go.
I was talking about being published in Canada and the difference between that and a traditional UK publisher. It was only for around ten minutes, then a Glasgow publisher (of which there are very few) spoke a little about his niche market (mainly non-fiction). It was before and after the little talks that the real point of the evening took place when I mingled with everyone and had some great conversation about writing and getting published. I enjoyed it, met some interesting people and have no trouble speaking to anyone, so perhaps I’m just lazy about doing this more often.
Because it struck me that most of my networking is now done online, and that it suits me just fine. I did mention the advantages of having a website or blog, of Facebook and Twitter and online forums, especially if published in e-book first. But I also go to a weekly writing group from September to May, so I get plenty of real interaction with writers in that way. And there’s also the annual Scottish writing conference where I meet up with lots of friends from far and near.
I don’t think I’ll ever be completely comfortable with attending networking evenings, although I’ll make an effort now and then. But I really do appreciate all the online friends and contacts I’ve made on blogs and forums over the past year or two. And I don’t even have to leave the house, or worry about transport to take me anywhere. So long live online networking, and thank you to all my lovely new friends for making it so enjoyable.