Networking is the best bit about being a writer. This is when you come out of the woodwork, get out there and meet other writers. You will find that you are not alone, there are other mad people just like you and they UNDERSTAND you!
You also get to drink quite a lot of wine . . .
Then you can take your networking one step further and go on to meet real live publishing professionals, including agents and commissioning editors!
But how do you find these people? Here are some ideas:
Subscribe to writing publications such as Writers News, Writers Forum or Myslexia. These will have details of talks, events, competitions etc, plus interviews with writers so you can find out how they managed to get published.
Subscribe to The Bookseller. This is invaluable for insider information about what is happening in the publishing world NOW. You can see what sort of thing publishers are getting excited about, new publishers and agents and all sorts of things that will give you a better understanding of the world of publishing. If you don't want to subscribe to the magazine, you can get their free daily email newsletter.
Another free online daily is Booktrade
Join a writing organisation that caters for your brand of writing. Here are some excellent ones:
All the above have a membership of both published and unpublished writers.
Visit THE LONDON BOOKFAIR. They have talks and seminars aimed at writers.