R153. Networking for Introverts

Room 502 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am


"Networking" is a hated term among writers. Yet more and more we are told that is exactly what we need to do—speak at events, increase friends and followers, make connections, and sell those books. How can writers, who are notoriously introverted, overcome their anxiety to open themselves up to the world? Five authors share their secrets for moving past their insecurities to build vast networks of loyal fans.



Meghan Ward is a professional book editor, social media coach, and founder of Writerland.com, a blog about writing, publishing, and social media. She teaches blogging and social media classes at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and is the author of Runway: Confessions of a Not-So Supermodel.

Alison Singh Gee's memoir, Where the Peacocks Sing, was named a National Geographic Traveler Book of the Month and received starred reviews in Library Journal and Booklist. Alison has written for People, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times, and she teaches at UCLA Extension.

Isaac Fitzgerald is the cofounder of Pen & Ink, co-owner of the Rumpus, and the editor at BuzzFeed Books.

Sophfronia Scott is author of the novels All I Need To Get By and The Light Lives Here. She has an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her stories and essays have appeared in the Killens Review, Ruminate, Saranac Review, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her Twitter handle is @Sophfronia.

Shanthi Sekaran


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