Goal: Build your reading audience.
Strategy: Make a friend.
Prompt: What do you like to read? Think of a living writer whose work you enjoy and reach out to that person in a non-stalker-like fashion.
Writing is a lonely business. Most of us want to connect with others, especially other writers.
Sure, there’re leagues involved. You don’t pitch yourself as a friend to a bestselling writer if all you have in common with them is that you write and you’re one of their millions of readers.
If you reach out to someone who is more on par with your writing league, you’re much more likely to strike a match of friendship. Fueling the fire can help you develop a lasting and gratifying friendship, but can also help you both enhance your readerships by exposing your own readers to each other’s work.
The key here is to be genuine. Reach out to someone’s whose work you’ve actually read and genuinely enjoy. They don’t have to write in the same genre as you do. But you do need something that draws you to connect.