How to feel a sense of community within the writing world: connect with local authors.

Video featuring Cumbrian authors’ books available on Kindle Unlimited

I don’t know why it took me so long…


Switching career and going to solo freelancing (from working in depts of usually 10+ staff), I didn’t want to find myself isolated.

One way I’ve made sure this doesn’t happen is by becoming an active participant in the bookish community.

When that bookish community is a worldwide thing, the potential for connections is endless.

So, where do you start?

I started globally. Social media connections and lots of them. People in my industry from around the world. And, as a result, some real gems have come into my life. People who check in with me. People I check in with. It’s been good.

However, there’s a lot to be said for local connections.

I don’t know why it took me so long.

Connecting with local authors has been a real game-changer for a sense of togetherness.

I’m here, tapping away at my computer, doing my bookish things. And it helps to know that not too far away from me, local authors are tapping away at their computers doing their bookish things.

All of the authors on this reel are people I have chatted to. We’ve exchanged messages and, in some cases, had a cup of tea together.

The Cumbrian connection is really important to me. Full disclosure: I don’t even live within the boundaries of the county anymore. But it takes me a mere 20 minutes to nudge into the land of mint cake, sausage and gingerbread. (Oh, and obviously books!) I was born and bred there, my family are up there, and I’ve probably got redcurrants flowing through these veins of mine.

So, I’m happy to be a cheerleader for Cumbrian literary endeavour. I’ve received a warm welcome into the community from these talented folk. The very least I can do is read their books and tell you about them.

All of the ebooks here are available on KindleUnlimited. Some are indie authors. Others are traditionally published.

❓Do you know authors in your local area?

💡Why don’t you look them up and add their books to your TBR piles?

Authors featured in the vid (in case you can’t see their names from my poor screenshotting skills 😅) and links to their Amazon pages:

Helen Phifer

John Little

Paul J Teague

Jo Allen

Danielle Owen-Jones

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