Networking in real life for me is....bad.
Lol, that doesn't sound too good but the thing is, I'm a shy person. Even online, I'm super shy. I've had a Twitter for a few years and I've got less than 5000 tweets. Sad or what?
That all translates a little too well in real life. While I am the girl that introduces herself to random people, I'm a shy person. I'll start a conversation about a book someone is reading but after sometime, it just doesn't continue. I'm hoping this year will be different.
I've told more and more people in real life about my blog. My school librarians know about my blog as ask me about books I've read or heard of. But I've talked to friends and family about the blog and I often give people my blog's name in hopes that they'll visit.
I've yet to meet an author in real life but I hope to change that this November for YallFest, in Charleston, South Carolina and holy moly y'all, more than 20+ authors (from what I know) are going to be there!Are you wondering who's going to be there? Well, here are a few authors: Cassandra Clare, Andrea Cremer,Kim Derting, Simone Elkeles, Elizabeth Eulberg, Gayle Forman, Kami Garcia, Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian, Michelle Hodkin, Ellen Hopkins, Alyson Noel, David Levithan, Stephanie Perkins (!!!!!!!!!!), and SO MANY MORE AUTHORS. Networking times a billion, I'd say!
So, while my real life networking has been minimal, I'm hoping 2012 will be a year I break out of my shell and make more friends!
There are a few things I'll share that I know are good networking ideas:
- Twitter: Really, no matter what people say, this is such an easy way to reach a lot of people. And you can connect with others online!
- Business cards: I actually don't have any for my own blog BUT I have kept a lot of bushiness cards I've received from fellow bloggers and authors and even publishers.
- Libraries: Spark a conversation with the librarians. Don't have anything good to read? As one of them for a recommendation. You can introduce yourself and your blog and you'll be surprised at what can happen.
- Events: If there is an author coming to where you live, try to go and meet them! They're super nice and they might even recognize you from your twitter if you've talked to them on there!