The writing world, especially the KidLit world, is small. And wonderfully giving. About two years ago I started using twitter again. I’d put it aside for a few years when I took a break from writing for a bit (had a baby and moved a few states away). But, I slowly started getting back into it and finding kidlit writer folks. I started making connections to people, published and unpublished, agented and un-agented, bloggers, readers, just people who love great stories. And I found it to be so welcoming and affirming.
Take the plunge, jump into conversations, send messages when you see something that piques your interest. I have yet to find someone who just does not want to interact in this way.
I know I’ve mentioned before that I am part of an email support group of other agented, but as of yet, unpublished authors. We call ourselves the Lucky 13 (we were the 13th group put together by the fabulous Natalie Parker ) and within the pages and pages of Emails we’ve sent, I’ve found some of the best people out there.
When I went to MadCap in March we started making connections months before the actual retreat. We tweeted, emailed, texted. It was so lovely to be able to put a face to names once we were all in Lyles, Tennessee. These people have become some of my favorite in the world. A few weeks ago when the next group of Aspiring Authors were getting their confirmations I was pretty jealous because I knew that they were about to get into.
Lately, I’ve been supported by some of my agents other clients. We cheer each other on, hold each other up, and keep demanding the best from each other. Mostly we talk about ways to make our agent cry (but in the best way possible).
And here in the non-cyber world I have a group of friends who write with me. We try to do it weekly, but that doesn’t always work out. And we all write different things, creative non-fiction, adult literary fiction, new adult, picture books. But, we all write. And we sometimes just whine about how hard writing is. Some of us are members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and I met them at my regional conference. I went there only knowing one other person and felt like I made so many connections when I left.
These are my small circles. These people are the people that encourage me. They challenge me to be my most authentic self with my writing. I’m grateful for each of these people and the friendship they have encouraged. Writing can be so solitary sometime, that having them around makes it seem less lonely.