When I first started writing, I was unaware of any writers in the area I live, but I've since met several online, which suggests there are many more I haven't met.
At my local golf club, I was daft enough to mention that I published books. Out of the blue one day, I was on the car park with my husband when a member struck up a conversation. He invited us to follow him to his home for a cup of coffee. We met his wife and soon received an invitation to dinner. Lo and behold, during the meal it was casually slipped into the conversation that their son had written a novel, which was, apparently, very good. I didn't ask if he was looking for a publisher.
I think you will find that your local library group has been at the mercy of several local authors that they felt obliged to support. As they said, they are fed up with authors attending their groups to promote their own books.
Amazon Author Central: Shelagh Watkins
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