Jon Gibbs’s Ten things I wish I knew before I was published #10: Interaction is the name of the game

How you interact with others will have a HUGE impact on your careers

  • Join your first writing group ASAP and join as many as you can
  • Find other authors who might help you
  • Go to Writers conferences – You can meet people who can help you.  They might tell you where a conference is and you may meet someone there (agent publisher)
  • Remember, you will get a lot of useless information
  • But also remember, you will get some great information as well.

Note:  The above are Jon Gibb’s main speaking points, with my rambling opinions attached.

Jon Gibbs is the author of one of my son’s favorite books:  FUR-FACE, which was nominated for a Crystal Kite Award.

Jon is an Englishman transplanted to New Jersey, USA, where he is an ‘author in residence’ at Lakehurst Elementary School.  Jon is the founding member of The New Jersey Author’s Network and

Jon blogs at



13 responses to “Jon Gibbs’s Ten things I wish I knew before I was published #10: Interaction is the name of the game

  1. Great advice! I went to my first conference this year and I think it was the single best thing I’ve done in terms of taking me up the learning curve of what the business is like these days. Plus, I met lots of great people who I still talk to over email. 🙂 Joining two local writing groups has been wonderful too.

  2. eeee! I’d better start doing some of these! But I barely have time to sleep!

  3. Writing groups? Oh no! Yet another activity to shoehorn into the day/week. Help me, I’m drowning! 😉

  4. I don’t know what I’d do without my writer’s group. Not only do I get propped up when I need it, sometimes I hear the awful truth.

  5. My writer’s group has been wonderful and I highly recommend them. I also love writer’s conferences. You meet so many other writers, new and established. Conferences are always a lot of fun, as well as great learning experiences.

  6. I love my writers’ group. A committee I belong to, Wine Writers and Words is putting on our second workshop in a couple of weeks–these are the kinds of things that make writers inspired

  7. Oh dear, I’m not in any writing groups and I don’t go to writers’ conferences! My only writing interactions are online at the moment. I’d love to go to a good writers’ conference, I’m sure they must have them in London…