Give Yourself Depth
People aren’t attracted to shallow individuals. They like people who have depth and can surprise them with their varied interests. Show people how deep you really are.
When I say depth, I don’t mean you have to an Oxford grad. Pretentiousness is not the same as depth. Depth here is a variety of things you can talk about and be interested in.
Are you only about your book? What other interests do you have? There is more to every person out there, even you.
Connect on Different Levels
You want to network with people on other levels than just your book or just about writing. I was talking with another author and discovered we both like to crochet. We moved our professional relationship to another level that helped solidify the networking I did as an author. Now we talk about other things and still keep my books on the radar. She is more likely to check out what I’m posting than if we only talked about my books or even hers.
My closest friends are ones that have different interests that we share. It is not just one thing. It is many things. They are the ones I go to for help or even to refer people to. The same needs to be said for your professional networking contacts. Discover what other things they are interested in. Talk about the things you like. Let them see all your other hobbies and things you are curious about. That will allow them to get closer to you and feel comfortable coming to you and sharing info about you to other people.
Discover More Connections
The more you talk about other things, the more connections you’ll find. Did you ever imagine some of the people who share other interests with you? The connections expand your networking web to a degree that gives you more quality than quantity which is what you really are searching for.