With so much happening online, it’s all too easy to forget the marketing value of meeting fellow writers and potential readers face-to-face. Sharing a cup of coffee may not be very high tech, but it’s a great way of networking with new friends.
After meeting Scottish novelist Ali Bacon via mutual friends on Twitter, enjoying her novel A Kettle of Fish on my summer holiday in Scotland, and realising we live geographically just a few miles apart, it seemed crazy not to meet up in real life.
And so I arranged to meet her or coffee in nearby Chipping Sodbury, feeling vaguely guilty for taking time out, deserting my desk.
The hour we spent chatting has been so fruitful, leading to other mutually beneficial friendships and further opportunities to promote our books, such as guesting on each other’s blogs.
My post for Ali’s Between the Lines blog has gone live today, and she will be visiting Off The Shelf tomorrow, so do come back here to find out more about her then.