Saturday was our local writer's groups meeting. We met in Knoxville at Panera Bread so we could have internet service. Ane Mulligan, Zone Director for ACFW, was our speaker. It worked pretty well except they only let you use it for 30 minutes. Skype would be a good way to communicate in a home or building where you would not be cut off. The feedback was a little annoying.
Ane talked about a writer's platform. That has been important to me and I am building readers. I still have a ways to go, but it is important if you blog to blog every day.
Another thing to do is to join social groups like Facebook, Twitter, and others. I am on Facebook and Twitter. I do have a fair following on both.
Ane also encouraged us to make comments on other blogs, websites or Twitters. The more you get your name out, the better you will be. If you are going to ACFW conference, volunteer for anything you can. Don't go crazy, but volunteer for at least one job. If no one knows who you are, you have a less chance to be recognized. It is important when you think about wanting an editor or publisher to look at your work. If you have made a web presence or a presence at conference, they will remember you and you will have a better chance of talking to them. Of course, you have to have a book ready and it should be good.
Tomorrow I will be having oral surgery and I will be out of it the rest of the day. I have to be put to sleep, I'm a wimp. I want to write something tonight to be published tomorrow. We will see how it goes.