Major thanks to Faye from Writerology for the topic suggestion.
I’ve talked about how you build your book a following before it’s published, but what about a community of fans and supporters and cheerleaders for you as a writer? I’ve spent a lot of time trying to build a community of people, people who I could connect to.
My solution? The best place so far is twitter, specifically twitter chats. The one that I’ve really grown to love is Story Social.
I don’t remember how I specifically found Jenny Bravo of Blots and Plots, but I’ve definitely grown to know her on twitter. She and Kristen of She’s Novel run the twitter chat every week. It’s a twitter chat about social media and branding for authors, which is something that is totally up my alley.
But, besides the fact that I’ve found the chat to be my total niche, the people there are great. In every twitter chat, you’re going to find people who have great ideas, people who can share what works and what doesn’t, bounce off strategies.
I’ve also found a really awesome Facebook group because of twitter. Jenny wrote a blog post about everything related to self-publishing, including a few podcasts. I found another podcast from listening to those, and this podcast has a Facebook group (it’s Author Strong – they come out with episodes everyday!).
The truth is, if you’re looking to sell books at some point (whether you want to do the traditional route or self-publish), you need to have a community. People who will cheer you on, and love you, even with your failures.
If you’re looking to join a twitter chat and meet new people, find new friends, and just learn some awesome information, try story social. I’m sure there’s other great ones out there, but I absolutely love story social.
Since I don’t really know of any others, tell me, what twitter chats do you participate in?