1. Join Civic Groups.
I joined the Atlanta Jaycees and the Junior League in my twenties. Those two organizations still help even now and I've been disabled/retired from architecture for seven years. I joined the Atlanta Press Club and the Association of Black Journalists a few years back. My suggestion is to find an organization within your community that shares some common threads and become active.
2. Write for a local publication.
The best networking tool I've used as a writer was becoming a local staff writer for a Christian newspaper(Rejoice Atlanta) and (Atlanta Christian Family) magazine. All of my first clients came from them contacting me after reading my columns. Now I run on referrals via those first clients.
3. Build a Yellow Market of Referrals via Social Networks.
My clients now are referral based. I obtain referrals after every writing gig. The best way to get them is to ask or have a letter printed with your invoice requesting a referral. A good social network that can help you catalog referrals as well as showcase them is LinkedIn.
4. Network Your Blog
If you have a blog, this year spend more time blogging quality content and commenting on other blogs, then blogging for the sake of blogging. Put value in your blogging time.
5. Host a
I have hosted two summer event series in