I did warn you that the rabbits were going to hop into a blog post some time soon – and today’s the day.
It seemed appropriate to bring the bunnies into the conversation because we’re going to be talking about networking – and that’s something they’re very good at. They are the gentlest, most sociable animals I’ve ever known.
We started life with one bunny – a white fluffy boy called Pickachew – and when a stray brown girl bunny (Cosi) arrived on our doorstep, it was love at first sight.
Up until then, Pickachew had been doing very well on his own – he wasn’t actually alone – we already had two cats, a dog and two goats – all of whom accepted Pickachew into the fold. But once Cosi arrived, Pickachew soon realized how wonderful it was to be amongst company of his own kind – and that’s the way it is with writers.
We work alone, but many of us love to meet with other writers to talk about what we do and the industry we work in.
That’s how we learn about so many things – not just about writing. We learn who is publishing what, we learn about what agents want (and don’t want). We learn how to deal with the dreaded ‘rejection’ and how it’s one step closer to being published. We learn that we are not alone – that what we do isn’t some bizarre type of brain cleansing ritual – it’s what people are doing all over the world – and it’s okay…even great…to be a writer.
On many occasions, networking has saved my sanity – and in the case of Letters to Leonardo, attending a SCBWI conference led to publication.
I am also a member of a couple of yahoogroups for writers and you can find these on the yahoogroups home page www.groups.yahoo.com
(There are quite a few to choose from.)
There are many, but these are some of the ones I belong to that offer writing tips and resources for writers are:
- Authors, Agents and Aspiring Writers http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=204725947524
- DeeScribe Writing Tips and News (That’s my group) http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=205664860085
- The Childrens Book Council of Australia http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=91641366798
- Fans of SCBWI http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=115619215382
- The Well Read Rabbit http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=172823807141
OTHER GROUPS I FOLLOW OR BELONG TO:
- Scribblerati http://liakeyes.ning.com/
- #ScribeChat – Scribblerati’s new chat for writers, airing every Thursday on Twitter at 6-7 pm PT/9-10 ET.
- YAlitchat – http://yalitchat.ning.com/
ON TWITTER, I FOLLOW:
I am also a member of my local writer’s centre and several writer’s groups, Jacketflap, the Australian Society of Authors, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and Linked In http://au.linkedin.com/pub/dee-white/12/3a8/b13
Conferences are great for meeting publishers and agents, learning from other writers – and feeling like you belong.
I attend conferences whenever I can. I fund my attendance by:
- Being a speaker
- Being a volunteer
- Interviewing international authors and writing pieces about them for magazines
- Doing whatever I can to earn the money to go.
Seeing as it’s Australia Day today, I thought I’d prepare a special list for my Aussie Writer friends.
- ACT Writers Centre www.actwriters.org.au
- Australian Centre for Youth Literature www.slv.vic.gov.au
- Australian Society of Authors www.asauthors.org
- Australian Horror Writers Association www.australianhorror.com
- Children’s Book Council of Australia www.cbc.org.au
- Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre (WA) www.kspf.iinet.net.au
- NSW Writers Centre www.nswwriterscentre.org.au
- NT Writers Centre www.ntwriters.com.au
- Queensland Writers Centre www.qwc.asn.au (Publisher of the Australian Writers’ Marketplace – a great resource for writers)
- SA Writers Centre www.sawriters.on.net
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers www.kspf.iinet.net.au
- Tasmanian Writers Centre www.tasmanianwriters.org
- Sisters in Crime (Australia)
- The Romance Writers of Australia www.romanceaustralia.com
- The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators www.scbwi.ampl.com.au
- Victorian Writers Centre www.vwc.org.au
ONLINE NEWSLETTERS (For Kid’s Writers)
Both these newsletters have great reviews, publishing industry news and writing articles. I have found out all sorts of useful info here:
Pass It On – http://jackiehoskingpio.wordpress.com
Buzz Words – http://www.buzzwordsmagazine.com/
Twitter list of Australian Children’s Authors www.twitter.com/katrinagermein/aust-children-s-authors
I hope you’ve found this useful. The bunnies have enjoyed ‘hopping in’.
I know there are probably stacks of groups and forums that I’ve missed. If you’re a member of one that you’d like to let other writers know about it, please leave the name and URL in the comments section of this post.
Next Tuesday, I’m starting the Tuesday Writing Tips blog tour. I’ll be visiting some great sites and collecting some very useful writing tips.
Here are the tour details:
|2ND February 2010||Claire Saxby’s bloghttp://letshavewords.blogspot.com||Writing Picture Books – Leaving room for the illustrator.|
|9th February 2010||Dee’s blog (that’s HERE:-))https://deescribewriting.wordpress.com||Reviewing ‘There Was an Old Sailor’Reviewing vs Editing skills.|
|16th February 2010||Sandy Fussell’s blogwww.sandyfussell.blogspot.com||Writers Need to be avid free range readers|
|23rd February 2010||Robyn Opie’s blogrobynopie.blogspot.||How to make your story longer – adding layers.|
|2ND March 2010||Angela Sunde’s blogwww.angelasunde.blogspot.com||More about Point of View – head hopping.|
Hope you can join me on tour.
Don’t miss next Tuesday’s Writing Tip. It’s all about writing picture books – and leaving room for the illustrator. And we’ll be celebrating the release of Claire Saxby’s gorgeous new picture book, “There was an Old Sailor” Hope you can join us then.