Always Be Connecting

“Always be connecting” is a phrase I have heard over and over again from fellow authors. There is value in connecting with other writers, no matter where you are in your author journey. I highly recommend connecting with others who share similar goals. Writing is mostly a solitary activity with you and your computer. Connecting with authors is a game changer.

Writing Community

Connecting with other writers creates community. There are others going through similar experiences. When you connect with other authors, you will inevitably learn and grow as a result, especially if you connect with more experienced children’s writers. At first, I saw other writers as competition, but I have found that is not the case. The children’s authors that I have met have been extremely helpful and supportive. They have been my cheerleaders and when I am down, they are there to pick me up.

When you connect with authors they will often become your accountability team. We find it much harder to let others down than it is to let ourselves down. But when you constantly surround yourself with other children’s writers, you’ll be sure to stay motivated. I look up to those who have more success than me, learn from them, and keep growing.

Finding a writing community

You do not have to look far to find a writing community. You can connect with fellow writers online, through Facebook, social media, or joining organizations like SCBWI or local writing organizations. If you are not sure where to start, try your local library. The librarian can help you to connect with other writers. The key to your writing community is not just join the organization, but to be an active participant. Attend meetings, share what you know and listen to what other authors are sharing. Most of all, do not be afraid to ask questions.


Connecting with other writers allow us to grow our writing skills. Whether participating in webinars or joining a critique group, it keeps us accountable in our writing. When others critique our work and if we are open to feedback, it gives fresh perspective and insight on something we may have overlooked. Joining a group such as Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Challenge, or Tara Lazar’s Storystorm gives you the opportunity to grow with other authors, participate in writing challenges and share your work.


Connecting with other writers opens up the door for more opportunities. Authors love to support each other by hosting writers as guests on their blogs. There could be open submissions that you hear about through other authors. Online courses, writer’s workshops or an amazing book suggestion can all be from connecting with authors. I’ve made some wonderful writer friends by just connecting on my social media platforms and from joining Miriam Laundry’s Masterclass.

Look for opportunities, they are everywhere. Remember connecting works best when it is a give and take, so make sure to share opportunities you know about as well. For each author event I attend I have learned something new that I can apply to my writing or marketing strategy. Do not be afraid to ask questions. How did you make that connection? Do you have an agent? Where else do you sell your books? Asking questions from fellow authors has helped me enormously. I have also learned about other author events which has helped with book sales. Always be connecting, you will not be sorry.

With gratitude …

I am glad you’re here. Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I am grateful that I can share my writing journey with you. It is an endless journey of learning and growing. A journey that I am enjoying. 

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