Thursday, February 23, 2012

Local Writing Group Support

Missy Tippens, here. Today, I wanted to talk a little about local writers' groups. Writing can be such an isolated career that it's important to find some type of in-person support. Granted, online writing friends are wonderful! But nothing beats a chance monthly to network in person, to learn from speakers and to chat with other writers.

This past Saturday, Georgia Romance Writers had our regular meeting. Normally, Christy and Lindi would be there (as well as some of our regular blog visitors). But they couldn't make it this month. This photo (above) was taken with my very good friend and fellow Love Inspired author Debby Giusti. Debby writes wonderful, thrilling books for Love Inspired Suspense. We're also fellow bloggers on the Seekerville blog.

And here is a photo from the book signing that followed. I'm sitting beside debut Harlequin Medical author Susan Carlisle. I got a copy of her book, Heart Surgeon, Hero...Husband?, and can't wait to read it!

At our meetings, we always celebrate sales and contest successes. But we also celebrate rejections, because it's a sign that at least we're sending submissions out.

Publishing is a tough business, and it's nice to know we have friends online and in person who will be there to encourage and support us. What about you? Do you have a local writers' group?


  1. I love writing groups. We must be in sync, Missy. This is what I was going to post about tomorrow on my personal blog!
    We are lucky here in Ga. to have more than one awesome group to belong to.
    I'm going to a start-up local ACFW group tonight. Hope this chapter gets off the ground--amazing people and writers.

  2. LOL, Lindi!

    Hope the meeting went well tonight!

  3. Publishing is indeed a tough business. Its great to have friends for support, guidance, and their wisdom and experiences.

  4. I am not a writer nor do I belong to any group. But I have several authors who have websites that I visit often. I win and sometimes are given books to review and I write reviews on up to 7 sites where they fit. You can find me on Amazon if you want to see some reviews I have written.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

  5. Jane, we appreciate your support of writers!