Recently, on a writers’ board I frequent, someone posed the question, “Just how important is it to have other writer friends?” The question, in this day and age when so many of us are trapped behind our computers with little to no personal interaction with others, was a good one. And I was surprised at some of the answers. It seems that, like everything in this business, what is one person’s lifejacket is another person’s dead weight.
For me, having other writer friends has proven invaluable. Literally. I can’t quantify how much I’ve benefited from them, and hopefully, how much they’ve prospered thanks to my friendship. My writer friends fed my brain and boosted pitches when I was just starting out on the query wagon, cheered me on through my first novel sale, and now, I’m fortunate enough to have a few friends who are part of an intimate professional circle: we swap notes on our publishers, bemoan some of the behind-the-scenes intricacies and share contact information, if say, one of them knows another author who would be a perfect blurber. One of my writer friends is a few steps ahead of me in the publication process – her second novel is hitting shelves in a few months – so she happily passes down lessons learned and obstacles and advice, knowing that I’m up at the plate in October. And I try to pay it forward in the same way: another good friend just debuted (to much fanfare) her book, and I’ve tried to impart my wisdom to her as she tiptoes her way through the process. [Read more…]