Young adult fiction writer Jamie Harrington talked at the DFW Writer’s Conference about Paying It Forward. Here are some of my favorite points she made:
The good thing about paying it forward is that it helps you find the perfect critique partner, builds a strong support system and you might make some real friendships. The bad side? You may trade work and find you aren’t a good match, or you may agree to do too much because you always say yes.
Some online tips:
- Set up a Google alert for yourself. You want to be notified the moment someone mentions your name or your book.
- Comment on other people’s blogs. This means so much to people. It will build your online connections fast.
- Whenever someone mentions you, go to Twitter and share the love—mention them and point people to their blog.
- Tag people on Facebook. When you do, it alerts those people that you’re tagging them and encourages communication.
How to start a critique group:
- Look for people at the same stage in their career as you.
- Cultivate online friendships the same as you would offline relationships.
- Keep it simple. If your crit group isn’t working, dump it.
- Don’t stalk people. If they stop answering, stop the communication. It’s not a good fit for you.