In a previous blog, I mentioned the lack of support within my community for writers, especially romance writers. Through much determination in finding someone I have FINALLY found a few fellow romance authors! We had our first official meeting last night and it was amazing and fantastic to meet with like-minded individuals. Each one of us (8 in total) talked about how we felt like we were alone and lost, struggling to either self-publish or traditionally publish. We also talked about how sometimes we felt people looked down on us because of our genre of writing. It was so great to get that out there! Realizing we all felt the same, we wondered how many more romance authors are out there feeling the same. That lead us to deciding to set up a Facebook group called "Romancing The Rock." For those of you who are not familiar with Newfoundland, Canada, it is a large island that is the most easterly point in North America. Known for it's rocky shores, Newfoundlander's fondly refer to it as "The Rock." Our group will be not-for-profit to bring awareness and support to fellow writers and also to let our local readers know we are here. We are in the initial planning stages of hosting an event in September whereby we will do 4 seminars covering such topics as a guide to self-publishing, how to traditionally publish, branding yourself along with marketing. It feel so good to be part of this group. Struggling myself to find local support, it feels amazing to have found these fabulous bunch of people who also have the same vision of helping writers!
If you live in a remote place and find yourself struggling as a writer, don't give up! Talk, talk, TALK about your writing to every single person you know and be proud of it. I guarantee if they are not writing, they know of someone who is writing and can hook you up. That is what happened in my circumstance. Just keep at it!
Onwards and upwards!
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