Dig the well before you’re thirsty.
That is something that has been told to me several times over the years and is the perfect philosophy when it comes to creating a community.
We’ve all been in situations where someone from high school or a distant relative randomly reaches out under the pretense of re-connecting only to ask for a favor or try to sell us something. Many of us have been in Facebook groups where people who never post or provide feedback suddenly surface around book launch to continuously post their promotional content. We’ve received random emails from fellow writers asking for a blurb, social media support, and so on.
None of us want to be those people, but we feel like we have to. It’s true, successful authors rarely do it alone. They rely on the support of fellow authors, super-fans, and their friends and family. But if you don’t want to leave a bad taste in people’s mouths, it’s necessary to nurture those relationships before asking for favors.
You must dig your well before you’re thirsty.
This is something today’s guest, Lainey Cameron, has truly embraced. Before she was published, she joined Women’s Fiction Writers Association and provided support for their events and social media channels. When she secured her book contract, she joined the 2020 Debuts, a group of traditionally published authors making their publishing debut in 2020. She also reached out to friends and family to join her launch team who not only helped her promote her novel, but provided morale boosts and encouragement as well.
In this episode, Lainey shares the power of online communities and the impact it has made on her writing career. If you’re an author looking to find your people, connect with readers, and create impactful online communities, then this one’s for you!
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