Several years ago, I was involved in a project where we were trying to set up a networking forum for publishers. It turned out to be a very highly exciting project for me. In the course of the project, I got a chance to meet many interesting people. The project also gave me a chance to get out of my shell, and start interacting with people more.
In the first phase of the project, we had to take some time and conceptualize the networking forum. This was, in other words, the planning phase. In the course of this phase, we got a chance to figure out who the targeted members for the forum would be, what lines the networking forum would be modeled along, how the forum’s operations would be financed… and so on.
The second phase of the project was the one where we initiated the networking forum. This turned out to be a question of letting people know about the forum, and inviting them to be part of the forum. We were lucky in that majority of the publishers we invited to be part of the forum accepted the invitations graciously. We ended up with a huge cross section of publishers: ranging from educational publishers to novel/fiction publishers, religious publishers and government-affiliated publishers. We even managed to get a fellow who specializes in publishing memoirs of people who are in jail to join the forum.
The third phase of the project was the one where we got the networking forum going. This entailed organizing networking events where the publishers would get a chance to share notes. I remember the theme for very first networking event we held was that of figuring out ways to benefit financially from the publishing business. This drew a huge audience because, as we came learn, it is something that troubles many people: publishers and authors alike.