Yesterday, I wrote about how LinkedIn doesn’t seem to figure that highly on the radar of many authors I come across. I surmised that this was because they may not realise just how useful it could be to them and I have made it my mission to help change that view into something a little more positive. You can find more of my LinkedIn posts on the Marketing for Authors Page.
Today I want to introduce you to the best LinkedIn Groups for Authors and Writers – it was going to be ten but I’ve whittled it down to seven on this post. I may write another post in the future with some more listed but I’m monitoring them at the moment so don’t want to include them unless I can thoroughly check them out.
Bear in mind that this is highly subjective as it’s my opinion based on my experience of the groups and you may or may not agree with me. In choosing the groups I’ve checked various factors including how active they are in terms of both discussions created and comments on those discussions, whether they are open or closed, if they are open are they moderated in any way to weed out all the promotional stuff and what sort of tolerance level the Group Owner has for spam.
These groups are full of people in your industry. There are editors, publishers, agents, authors, journalists and other writing professionals who are all here to help others out by answering and asking questions. They can help you out with contacts, improving your writing skills and point you in the right direction for editing and publishing. All I suggest is that you pick one to get started with and see how you get on, remember you don’t have join them all and you don’t have to stay a member if it isn’t your cup of tea.
And here in no particular order except the way they fell out of my hat are the Best LinkedIn Groups for Authors and Writers.
1. Authors, Writers, Publishers, Editors & Writing Professionals www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=111245
According to the Group Profile this is a group for the discussion of the publishing industry, it is not a place to advertise your book or get it published or contracted. It has some interesting discussions taking place at the moment including subjects like the best way to split up a chapter, and whether you actually read all those free Kindle books you download.
2. LinkEds and Writers www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=37917
The goal of this group is to be the preferred place on LinkedIn for wordsmiths to share their advice, joys and frustrations. Discussions going on at the moment include: is passive voice ever acceptable, people’s attitude to the creative careers and how do you master new vocabulary (perhaps I should tell them about my Weekly Word!)
3. TWO BITS / Writing advice to writers from writers www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1820687
The group profile states that if you can answer the question ‘Who is a Writer?’ posed by Stephen King in his book On Writing and can answer it with ‘those that write’ then this is probably the group for you. The latest discussion is one for many who aspire to being traditionally published in a newspaper ‘how long between pitch and follow up?’.
4. Writers www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=2277497
The Writers Group is a small group devoted to helping writers to refine and polish their writing skills through group interaction and critiquing. Current discussions include requests for press kit examples and a request to share the first 100 words of your book.
5. Creative Designers and Writers http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=2215425
Discussions here include the question ‘why do you write?’ and how to deal with writer’s block. The group is an alliance of designers, artists, animators, game developers and creative writers and its goal is to bring these professionals together to talk about topics as varied as creative inspiration, design questions, resources, hot design/technology news, popular trends, constructive critiques, writing tips and more.
6. Book Writing, Self Publishing, and Marketing for Business People www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1812052
Book Writing, Self Publishing, and Marketing for Business People was created as a venue for people to seek help with their book project and receive the advice and experience of others successful in their field. Right now, people are talking about how much to charge for a book trailer and requests for advice on traditional vs self publishing.
7. The Writers Network www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2033716
The Writers Network is the place to mingle with your peers and pick up some tips from colleagues. Latest discussions include whether it’s the words that you write that sing to you or the move you imagine instead and how many times do you self edit your work?
One more piece of advice before I leave you. The trick with discussions in LinkedIn groups is to choose your view and change it to What’s Happening. This allows you to quickly see the discussions that are gathering the most interest and comment, you can always change back if you want to. And remember if the amount of email you get from a group is too much you can change your settings to receive a weekly digest – just choose the option from the More tab you’ll find on any group dashboard.