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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.