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Networking for the Cowardly and Terrified

So it should start becoming more and more obvious that I’m going through a writer-identity crisis as things get closer to the release of my book. And lucky you — you get to be a witness to my crisis. In this episode of my crisis, we walk through my attempt at networking even though I’m a terrified coward.

Actually, it’s a little more complex than that because I try to analyze how I’ve mistakenly succeeded in a few areas of networking even with my horrifying awkwardness. And I also try to extract the part about networking that I think — even for non-networkers — can be natural and useful and not soul-sucking.

Spoiler: As it turns out, I discovered that my networking successes are based more on slow and steady friendships, rather than lucky breaks or running into a tremendously powerful literary figure while schmoozing at a fancy pants Manhattan cocktail party (at least that is how it seems to work in the movies, or in my more desperate fantasies).

So here goes, Failed Writer Crisis #12:

This video — more than others I think — is in an area that I’m still trying to figure out… as I confront the upcoming release of my book [1]. So I’d love to get some of your feedback.

What’s your take on networking as a writer?

About Yuvi Zalkow [2]

Yuvi Zalkow [3]'s first novel was reluctantly published in 2012 by MP Publishing. His forthcoming novel will be published by Red Hen Press. His stories and essays have been published in Glimmer Train, Narrative Magazine, Carve Magazine, The Daily Dot, Rosebud, The Poop Report, and others. He occasionally makes YouTube videos and apps for iPhones. Check out his website [4] if you actually want to find out more.