What I love about writing is that it opens new doors. It leads to connections with other people. An author isn't just writing and selling books. As I hope this blog has indicated, authoring a book leads to book signings, radio interviews, writing retreats, talks at the library, facilitating your own writing circle in your community.
The key is keep it small, think about the people you meet today and maybe tomorrow . . . how the love of writing and storytelling connects you. Then stop there. Wait. See what happens. Let your book build momentum. What's the rush? The bigger something gets, the less intimate it becomes, the less meaningful. It is why these big Internet networking writing groups are so impersonal. They forgot what they were all about in the first place. They need to go back to the beginning.