I’ve made it a point to really work on expanding my network, especially in ways that could help me achieve my writing goals (this applies to both craft and career).
Since I don’t live in Los Angeles, I have to find alternate ways to connect with other writers and folks in the industry. And thanks to living in the digital/internet age, there are lots of helpful options.
These are the ones I belong to, mostly because they were free and matched what I was looking for. I’m aware of Tracking Board and It’s On The Grid, but as far as I know, you need to pay to subscribe to them, and that’s just not an option for me right now.
–Twitter. I like it, but don’t monitor it all that much. If somebody mentions me or sends me a DM, I try to respond in a timely manner.
–LinkedIn. Split between screenwriting, social media and writing projects. I’ve connected with lots of writers around the world, as well as more people at agencies and management firms, but unsure whether to send them queries (if applicable). Your thoughts?
–Done Deal Pro forums. I’ve posted loglines (got some good feedback) and am considering posting pages. There’s a lot of helpful info in the comments of most threads, but a handful of members sometimes come across as a little full of themselves.
–Stage 32. Joined earlier this month. Still building my network. Will explore further.
–Talentville. Joined last week. Still figuring out how it works. Something about earning Talent Dollars?
–TriggerStreet. Haven’t used this in a while since being criticized for giving honest feedback on scripts.
Something else to keep in mind – blogs. A great way to network! I contacted just about every person behind the blogs over there to the right to tell them how much I enjoyed reading them, and would they mind if I posted a link. See? Not too hard.
One of those unwritten rules about screenwriting is “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
When I started writing, I knew absolutely nobody. But in the years since then, I’ve tried to get to know a lot more people, and as a result, a lot more people know me.