Linda O. Johnston is the author of 27 published novels, with more to come. She currently writes the Pet Rescue Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, a spinoff series from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries, also for Berkley. The second Pet Rescue Mystery, THE MORE THE TERRIER, will be an October release. She additionally writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne–the Alpha Force miniseries about a covert military unit of shapeshifters. The next in the series, GUARDIAN WOLF, is an August release.
Thanks for joining us here at Writers in the Storm, Linda. And thank you for offering your latest Pet-Sitter mystery, HOWL DEADLY , to someone who comments on your blog. So, Writers in the Storm readers, comment and suggest away to get your name in the hat for the drawing of HOWL DEADLY. One entry per person (though we’d love you to comment more than once!) We’ll post the name of the lucky winner next Wednesday at the top of the blog. Good luck–and happy reading!
This is my first blog for Writers in the Storm and hopefully it won’t be my last. I thought that networking would be an appropriate topic, since that’s one reason I’m here. I know some of the Writers in the Storm bloggers thanks to my own networking.
Writing is a solitary profession. Many writers have day jobs and continue them while they write. Others, like me, end their day jobs. I’m a lawyer, and I used to take on a lot of part-time law projects when I stopped lawyering full time. Now, those projects are harder to get, although I love them when I can find them. Meantime, writing keeps me quite busy.
Which means I work alone a lot of the time.
That’s one reason I belong to so many writing organizations. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and attend meetings of two local chapters: the Orange County, California, chapter, and the Los Angeles Romance Authors. I also belong to Sisters in Crime and the Mystery Writers of America, and attend meetings of their local chapters. I’m also a member of the Thriller Writers of America.
I additionally attend writing conferences. I recently enjoyed the Romance Writers of America National Conference at the end of June in New York City . This year, I’ve also attended Malice Domestic, for cozy mystery fans and authors, in the Washington , D.C. , area, as well as the California Crime Writers Conference, held early in June jointly by the local Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America chapters.
At each of these events, I meet other published authors, aspiring authors, and readers–and enjoy them all! Plus, I learn more about the market, what’s selling and what isn’t. I learn a lot and, I hope, also help to teach others what I know about our profession.
If you’re a writer, published or not, I strongly urge you to network. To join at least one writing organization and attend meetings. If you don’t live in an area where it’s easy to get to meetings, most of the organizations have online chapters, and that kind of networking is fun and helpful, too. I also recommend that you join a critique group.
When asked which of the organizations I’d recommend most, I always say it’s the Romance Writers of America if you’re a fiction writer, whether or not you write romance. That’s because the group is great at inspiring and encouraging writers. It helps at whatever level of your career you happen to be.
Of course, reading blogs by other writers is a form of networking, too, especially if you comment. So, please comment on this blog! I’ll even encourage you by holding a drawing where one commenter can win a copy of HOWL DEADLY, the eighth in my Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries in which Lauren Vancouver, protagonist of my new Pet Rescue Mysteries, is introduced.
If you have any ideas for future topics you’d like to see me write about here, at Writers in the Storm, please let me know in a comment, too. You can also visit me at my website, www.LindaOJohnston.com, or friend me on Facebook. I also blog every Wednesday at KillerHobbies.blogspot.com. No, I don’t tweet yet on Twitter, but maybe someday.
So, how do you network? Your experience may be the spark for someone else! Besides, it will enter you for a chance to win her latest Pet-Sitter book, HOWL DEADLY.