Share your Story: Your A-Gang
When Damon Suede came to talk at our January meeting about Bringing your A Game, one of the things he mentioned was finding your A-Gang; a group of allies who will navigate the crazy world of publishing with you. An A-Gang can be comprised of all sorts people, genres, and levels, who will help elevate your craft, challenge your habits, and inspire you to take smart risks.
Ever since that talk, I’ve been giving my own A-Game a lot of thought. Where would I find these peers? Would I find a crew I mesh with? Do I have anything to offer? What the heck am I doing?! Where is the wine?!
Then I realized, I already had my A-Gang. Ever since I joined my RWA chapter, I managed to find a group of authors who have done just that! And believe me, my writing (and my risk taking) have changed for the better.
Even if they don’t know it, these awesome writers have been inspiring and encouraging me for the last two years of this adventure. Without them, I’d still be timidly typing on my laptop in the dark, showing my work to absolutely no one. Now, with this amazing circle of encouragement and, on occasion, a swift kick in the pants, I feel like I can weather the storm and get to the next level of my career.
Also, it goes both ways. I love sending words of encouragement to my A-Gang. It makes me smile when someone comes to me for my opinion. And when I see one of my gang win an award or sign an amazing publishing deal, I feel the victory is not just for them, but for all of us.
So share your story in the comments! Do you have an A-Gang? How have they helped you on your path? What is the best part of having that A-Gang on your side?