In a previous blogs, I talked about building a team of authors who work together to support each others through blogging and marketing. There was a lot of great feedback about the idea, but confusion on where and how to find the right people.
So here are a few places to start your search:
Search the groups on Goodreads. There are tons of genre specific groups. Some are for readers, but you can find some that are for authors. If your genre doesn’t have any groups for authors in your genre, then start one! It’s a great format for building your team.
In addition to the genre groups, check out the independent author and marketing groups. If you type “indie authors” into the search field, you’ll find a list of independent author groups who meet to talk marketing, publishing and everything you need to be an authorpreneur.
Okay, I admit. I really wasn’t a big promoter of LinkedIn for authors. I didn’t see the value of it for promoting your work. Boy, was I wrong!
Searching the groups on LinkedIn gave me shock. There are author groups, independent author groups, writing groups, publishing and agent groups. Many of them have thousands and sometimes tens of thousands of members. The topics revolve around industry information and most posts are about publishing and marketing books. These people are serious. Great groups for sniffing out your marketing team members.
There are even fiction groups:
- Science Fiction readers, writers, collectors, and artists has almost 3500 members.
- Fiction Writers Guild has over 6000 members.
- Literary Fiction group has nearly 700 members.
- Crime Fiction group has 600+ members.
These groups represent the perfect opportunity for finding marketing partners in your genre.
Did you know that there are whole sites dedicated to author networking and industry help? Here are a few places you’ll want to check out:
General Writing/Author Hangouts
Author Community Sites for Networking & Marketing
I know I’ve missed some, so if you have any you’d like to add, then post them in the comments below.