As an unpublished writer myself, I have been doing research and collecting resources through social media to gain knowledge on the publishing industry, agents, and what it takes to get published. Here are a few things I have learned:
- Put your butt in the chair. You have to actually write something to be published.
- Don’t worry about agents, marketing, or publishing. There will be a time for these things once you actually have a manuscript.
- Go to as many writing conferences as possible. You will learn from both the events and classes *and* from the fabulous people you meet there.
- Twitter is amazing. It is not a website that shows status updates. It is a wealth of information from a community of supportive, wonderful people.
- Just write. The more you write, the better you will get.
Social media is an avenue for research and knowledge that will connect you to the world as a writer. Every writer should be on Twitter and Facebook, have a blog, join LinkedIn, and an RSS feed list via Google Reader (or another similar tool). Here are some good places to start: