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In the kidlit writing world, I’ve heard the phrase “join the conversation” over and over, so I’ve been very surprised to see in the adult Christian fiction and romantic suspense worlds that conversation isn’t happening much. Or at least not what I’ve seen so far in Facebook groups and twitter. More often people seem to be banging away about their own books. (The group for my publisher’s authors is an exception!)
I joined one Christian fiction group and followed the instructions to send a post about a lesson I’d learned. Two weeks later, I got an automated notice that my post was rejected because the moderator hadn’t approved it. So I’m guessing she didn’t ever read it. I’d also sent a question directly to the list moderator and got no answer in the same time period.
Conversation about writing, marketing, promoting, etc. is not only an educational process for those involved, but it’s a source of encouragement. Sometimes I’m the one answering a question; sometimes I’m the one asking a question. But the talking is so valuable. Plus, I’ve made friends because of these conversations.
I’m wondering if the conversation is happening elsewhere. And if so, where? Or if it sadly isn’t happening at all.
SM Ford writes inspirational fiction for adults, although teens may find the stories of interest, too. She also loves assisting other writers on their journeys.