Jen Michalski of the journal jmww at a panel of publishers and editors at the Chesapeake Writers Conference earlier this month.
She was responding to a question posed to the panel members - something about how to “break in” to publishing. To paraphrase, she said that people are always saying, “But it’s who you know!” To which she would reply that it’s true to some extent but that “You can know people!”
I made sure to talk with her for a few minutes after the panel so that I could find out how I too could know people. She was very generous in explaining how she went about engaging with the literary community when she first started to write, and she made suggestions about how I can begin doing the same.
So despite my previous post about my anxiety over being old and boring, I’m still hopeful about succeeding in being a writer out in the world.
I can know people!