I was always a bit of a sceptic when it came to the ‘indie community’. That is, independent writers and artists who come together for support and networking. Many meet through digital forums these days – twitter, facebook and various blogging sites.
To be honest, I believed that this type of social interaction was really only prevalent for musicians and artists. Writers, being of a rather solitary persuasion, I just assumed were not included.
I cannot believe how wrong I was! In the course of a few short weeks, I have met so many writers through facebook groups, by blogging and through friends of friends. We seem to turn up everywhere!!
Self-published, e-published, not yet published and traditionally published authors have welcomed me into what really does feel like a community. It is very supportive, and allows for writers to support each other and promote both themselves and others through the extensive network. I have found myself building links with writers from all over the globe, including North America, Europe and further afield.
Through digital groups, I have also been able to meet other authors who are editing, and in the same position as I am. By sharing skills, critical feedback and contacts, I have started to really gain confidence as an author.
This confidence has allowed me to set up my own author’s facebook page at www.facebook.co.uk/SJMenary, and I am thrilled to have received 54 likes in two days!
Of course, I have a long way to go before I can stand toe to toe with bestselling authors. But, considering that a few months ago, I did not even refer to myself as a writer, I think I have come quite a long way! And it is all thanks to the support of my friends and the indie community.
If you are an aspiring writer, I urge you to go and check out some local groups or digital forums. You never know where you might end up!