I'm sad to say that this will be my last post as a regular contributor to Pub(lishing)Crawl. As much as I truly love being a part of this blog, deadlines and touring have gotten the best of me at least for the time being. (And let's face it, I've always been an erratic blogger at best. Need a thousand word rant on an episode of Game of Thrones? I'm there. Tidy round-up post on likeable characters? My mind goes blank.) But I'm gonna miss this badass crew of ladies, so before I turn in my gun and badge, and walk slowly into the sunset with sad music playing, I want to say a bit about the importance of community for new authors. Most writers are, to one degree or another, introverts, and I'm no exception. But after my book sold, I wasn't sure what came next, so I joined a Los Angeles-based organization for YA authors (the LAYAs), as well as a debut group for authors with books set to release in 2012 (the Apocalypsies). Through them I met future convention roommates, generous beta readers, the occasional drinking buddy, and of course the wonderful peeps who invited me to PubCrawl. As it turns out, there are a lot of good reasons to stop playing lone wolf and join a pack: 1.