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Day 3 of Armchair BEA brings you a great topic! NETWORKING! Today’s topic is specifically networking IRL.
Networking IRL or lack there of…
It’s not a secret to those who know me that I’m a slight introvert. I have a mild case of social anxiety that makes it difficult for me to walk up to someone, whether they’re a stranger or someone I’ve known for years, and start a conversation. I would rather hang back and let them carry on with their day.
Therefore, when it comes to networking in real life I don’t do much of it at all. I do share my favorite books or talk about books with my close friends as well as family members. I have left books at work for my co-workers to grab if they want.
I have suggested to others walking around the same section as me in Borders (RIP) a book I’ve enjoyed. But since there is no longer a Borders near me I don’t go to a brick and mortar bookstore any more. The closest I get is the not so awesome book aisle at Wal-mart.
For me my networking happens online nearly exclusively. I much prefer it that way. Maye it would be different if I lived in a larger city.
Attending Author Events or Conferences
I have gone to a few author signings that were happening locally but that hardly comes up with authors I’m intersted in. I’ve thought of traveling a few times to go see Maggie Stiefvater.
I have been lucky to attend a few BEAs in the past though. I am actually going to BEA tomorrow! So I guess I’ll be doing a bit of face to face networking. You can check out my previous BEA experiences if you’re interested.