Networking and Professional Groups for Writers

As you progress from writer to author, there are dozens of organizations with different goals that you can turn to for help. Here at Parisian Phoenix Publishing, many of us met at the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group ( Angel Ackerman served as president of that group, twice, about 15 years ago. That’s where she connected with many of her local writing friends.

When she launched this publishing company, she joined the Independent Book Publishers Association (, which offers discounts on services ranging from printing to marketing, a podcast, a magazine, a social network and online community, and its own awards.

The next groups on the Parisian Phoenix radar include: the Horror Writers Association (, which requires a certain level of sales for professional membership and has the Stoker Awards, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association ( a rather established and known international writers group which includes horror among fantasy and has the Nebula Awards.

Parisian Phoenix also subscribes to Poets & Writers (, long known for their comprehensive view of the writing life and their magazine which lists opportunities, fellowships and contests.

For self-published authors, the Alliance of Independent Authors ( offers guidance and support. They also have a podcast you can check out.

And while Author Media ( is certainly not a professional organization or non-profit group, Thomas Umstattd Jr. produces the Novel Marketing Podcast, which offers weekly tips in a wide range of marketing information. Parisian Phoenix is an official patron of the podcast.

This list may not work for your specific needs, but it’s meant to give provide some food for thought. Do an internet search and see where you fit. Who’s your tribe? Podcasts, newsletters, social networks, and professional services can provide motivation and information, and a reminder that while writing is solitary, you are not in this alone.

Published by Angel Ackerman

Writer, Editor, Traveler, Fashionista, Francophile, Student and Mother Publisher at Parisian Phoenix ( Author of the Fashion and Fiends series

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