Connect at Trade Associations and Conferences

As an author, it can be beneficial to connect with other authors so that you can learn from each other and help each other succeed. Start by looking for a local authors and publishers group. Perform a Google search, ask at your local bookstore or library, and search events on http://Craigslist.org and http://meetup.com. Most major metro areas should have a professional authors’ association.

On a national level, I recommend the Independent Book Publishers Association (http://ibpa-online.org), which publishes an excellent monthly magazine and hosts online events and a fabulous annual conference.

Writer’s conferences can also be beneficial for learning and meeting industry professionals. You can find a comprehensive list of events at http://writing.shawguides.com. I will add that for years I have found it frustrating that most writer’s conferences and groups forget about nonfiction authors. Instead, there is a heavy emphasis on fiction writers, followed by children’s book writers. Because of this, in 2010 I launched the first online conference specifically for nonfiction authors: http://NonfictionWritersConference.com.

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