According to Orly Konig, if you use it wisely, social media isn’t a time suck – it’s a gold mine, and I agree.
Why connect on Facebook when you have a local clan or critique partners? It’s called connections, networking, and support. There’s something for everyone.
- Critique Groups
- Genre – Specific Groups
- Association Groups (Women’s Fiction Writers Association, for example)
- Marketing/Prom Support Groups
- Agent/Publisher Groups
- Event – Specific Groups (Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)
- Reader-Oriented Groups
Facebook groups are a great place to ask questions and get honest answers. It doesn’t matter if you’re starting out or multi-published, there’s always something to learn.
Keep in mind, as with most things, you get what you put in. If you’re joining a critique group, jump in and critique for others. Answer questions and offer advice if it’s a subject you are comfortable with. Share experiences and encouragement with others as appropriate.
Don’t wait until you’re up against the wall and need help to join a Facebook group. If you only come out of the woodwork when you need something and don’t reciprocate, people will notice. Group members are much more likely to go out of their way to help you if they know and respect you.
Something to think about.