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Publishing is a rough business, even when writing is what you love. That’s why it’s so important for authors to reach out to other authors, and to support, encourage, nurture, mentor, boost and make friends with each other. It’s a weird way to make a living, and we’re the only ones who really understand what it’s like to deal with all those voices in our heads that become characters, so we need to stick together.

Making writer friends is good for sanity. We all have rough days, and this is a solitary way to make a living. It helps to be able to talk about the business and the life with other people who get it.

FC JONMARC COLLECTIONWriter friends are good for business. When we recommend each other, signal boost on social media, refer each other to resources, cover tables at cons for one another and hang out talking shop at the bar, we lift each other up, and a rising tide lifts all boats. Getting to know other authors is also a great way to get invited to be part of anthologies, promotions, special projects, panels, and other events. People like to work with people they know and trust. Other authors are also a fantastic way to get the scoop about publishers, agents, editors and other aspects of the business, news you need to know that you won’t find in the same unvarnished way anywhere else.

Writer friends are fun because we’re all kinda weird in the best possible way. I mean, why try to pretend otherwise? I enjoy hanging out with other writers because we tend to have a lot in common, and everyone has their own special area of geekdom. Modern Magic Front Cover 2

Today I’m hosting 25 writer friends at a Facebook Book Launch Party, with an all-day panel of awesome guests (and me) talking about our new books, answering questions, and throwing in some surprises, too!  Come join us live here .  And even if you come late to the party, enjoy the conversation threads, which will be up forever.

It’s part of my Hawthorn Moon Blog Tour, which you can find out more about here!

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