Making it as a writer can be hard, no matter what kind of writer you aspire to be. That's why it's so important to reach out to other writers and people in the publishing industry to learn all you can, get support, and gain an understanding of how the business works. One of the best places to do that is on LinkedIn, and with the plethora of groups hosted by the site it's easier than ever to build a seriously great network of those in the industry. If you're not sure where to start, use these groups as a starting place. They'll help you make connections and get valuable feedback on your work that can help you get started making a career as a writer.
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- LinkEds & Writers: With more than 36,000 members, this is one of the biggest groups on LinkedIn for writers, proofreaders, and editors. It's so big that there are several subgroups, each dedicated to a different specialty, making it easy to connect with those who work in a field you find interesting.
- Books and Writers: If you've got some writing you'd like to market or show off to publishers or other authors, then give this group a try. It caters to those who are looking to network and promote their work as writers.
- Affiliated Authors: Head to this group to promote your writing, meet others who publish and write books, and to learn just what it takes to make an idea a success.
- Authors, Writers, Publishers, Editors, & Writing Professionals: This group is for publishing professionals, which can make it a great place to learn more about how the industry operates. While you can't use it to find yourself an agent or advertise your writing, it can be a highly enlightening forum for those who are truly new to the ins and outs of the publishing world.
- The Freelance Writers' Connection: Have you ever considered working as a freelance writer? Check out this group to learn more about what it means to be a freelancer, and all the pros and cons that come along with it.
- Published Authors Network: You may not be a published author yet, but that shouldn't stop you from checking out this open group. In it, you'll find loads of advice and discussions on everything from finding a literary agent to budget-friendly book promotion.
- Iconoblast Writer's Group: Head to this group to showcase your writing, meet up with other aspiring authors, and find some support for the often difficult parts of being a writer.
- Informed Ideas for Writers: Those looking for ideas on how to become a better writer, the present and future of the writing industry, or just a few writing prompts should join this group for a bit of guidance.
- Writers: Writers is a fairly large group that focuses on helping writers, both new and seasoned, get feedback on their writing. It's a great place to meet people in the creative industries, as well as to get some tips on polishing your work.
- Fiction Writers Guild: If fiction is your favorite, then don't miss out on the discussions held on this group. You'll find loads of discussions on just about everything writing-related, including grammar, self-publishing, writer's block, promoting your book, and more.
- Aspiring Writers: An obvious choice for aspiring writers, this group caters to those who are still trying to make it in the industry. Members share tips, advice, blogs, and much more as they work to help each other improve their work and get ahead.
- The Writers' Network: Aspiring writers and those who are more established both frequent this group, as well as editors, agents, and others in the publishing business, making it an all-around great place to network.
- Writers International: Why just connect with writers in the U.S. when you can go global? This group will help you make connections with writers and literary enthusiasts from all around the world.
- Writers World: This group is home to writers who share their experiences, trips, suggestions, and questions, and writers at any level of experience are welcome. Even better, the group encourages shameless self-promotion.
- Authors & Publishers Association: Head to this group for authors, publishers, book manufacturers, agents, publicists, editors, and others in the literary trades to find some amazing discussions on all things writing-related.
- Writers and Authors Circle: Whether your work is published or not, the group encourages you to join up and start chatting with other authors.
- Nonfiction Authors Network: Not really into writing fiction? No worries, LinkedIn has you covered. This group is focused on nonfiction reads, allowing you to meet and get help from other authors, and you can promote your projects as well.
- Booksconnect: Get inspired to create an amazing book when you check out this group. It features articles and discussions that are sure to get you feeling creative. Even better, you can network with other writers at the same time.
- Authors and Writers: Share ideas, network, get feedback, and just learn more about writing from the members of this group, dedicated to sharing a passion for all things literary.
- Authonomy's Aspiring Writers' Group: Here you'll find another group dedicated to aspiring writers, hosted by the website Authonomy (which is also a great place to discuss writing). It's a casual, intimate place to meet other writers and get help with your work.
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