Greetings! Welcome to Part 5a in my series of blog posts counting down from rough ideas to published book. Today and tomorrow, we talk 919ers. One of the chief needs creative beings have is support, especially when we're in the midst of an extended project like writing a book. I'm happy to say that, throughout my writing process, I received a tremendous amount of support from this network. Inside919 has truly grown into a Chamber of Relationships, and the sense of community here has given my book the encouragement and energy it needed to flourish!
With that, here are the top 5 ways that Inside919 is a community of support:
Nobody has tried to sell me anything. It would have been easy to look at me and say, "Oh, you're a first-time author...you reeeeally need my editing/typesetting/whatever services." This didn't happen even once. The 919ers I know describe their services, but they don't shove them down your throat.
People have been generous with their time and expertise. More than a few InSiders have been willing to hang out over coffee and share exciting ideas and cool plans. In most of these interactions, I learned something new. And from all of them I came away inspired!
The forums and groups have great content. I've learned some valuable info just by browsing group discussions. Many of the blogs are very informative and thought-provoking as well, and people's comments often add to the value of each post.
InSiders are creative! Over the past few months, I've heard 919 friends hatching ideas about everything from small dinner groups to using innovation to recession-proof our economy. Many people here also think outside the box when it comes to marketing and doing business. It's common for me to reply to an InSider, "Wow, I've never thought of that before!"
Inside919 isn't strictly business. Sometimes when taking a break from writing, it's been a treat to come here and look at photos of people's pets, see what events are coming up, and read haikus! :) Our network is refreshingly well-rounded.
Next time, the Inside919 Hall of Fame, a list of InSiders who pushed this countdown forward with their encouragement and support! Stay tuned!