Publishing is inherently an empowering activity, enabling writers to share their unique stories, experiences, and insights with the world. However, the journey toward publication can be a complex and daunting one. The supportive ecosystem of a community can help authors navigate this terrain, providing tools, advice, and encouragement, thereby empowering them to see their dream turn into a reality.

Have you heard the myths about authors and publishing professionals having to go it alone in the industry? Myth #1: Collaboration is a sign of weakness. Myth #2: Success is only achieved through individual effort. Myth #3: Sharing knowledge and resources is a risk to one's own career. But what if I told you that we are better together? Stay tuned to discover the truth about mutual growth and success through collaboration.

“I just encourage you to find your community and to dig into it. Look in your state and your city and see if there are local writing groups and become a part of those. I'm telling you, it is life changing when you are surrounded by other people who get you, understand you, and can help you through this process.” – Alexa Bigwarfe

“Books matter. Words matter. Books are the staple of education. They are the staple of change. They transport us to places we can't go, travel. They help us know and understand people that are different from us. They teach us concepts. They inspire us. They change us, they heal us. They help us grow.”
-Alexa Bigwarfe


Key Takeaways

  • Learn the significance of community in publishing for mutual growth and success.
  • Harness the power of collaboration and support for enhanced industry impact.
  • Gain insights into the role of training, education, and networking in publishing success.
  • Explore the advantages of sharing resources in the dynamic publishing landscape.
  • Discover the compelling benefits of being part of a supportive publishing community.
  • Understand the pivotal role of community in publishing success.
  • Harness the transformative power of collaboration and support.
  • Elevate your skills through specialized training, education, and networking in publishing.
  • Embrace the advantages of sharing resources within the publishing industry.
  • Reap the exclusive benefits of being part of a thriving publishing community.

Memorable Moments:

00:03:34 – Benefits of Community
00:06:12 – Training and Professional Development
00:08:31 – Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
00:13:54 – Valuing Community and Support
00:15:14 – The Importance of Books and Words
00:16:13 – Impactful Words and Community
00:18:10 – Building Supportive Author Pods
00:18:56 – Positive Leverage in Community
00:21:53 – The Power of Finding Community

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  • Join local writing groups in your state or city to find a community of like-minded individuals who can support you through your writing and publishing journey.

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