Sometimes people tell me that I should go to cons. Specifically, that meeting editors will help my writing career.
Now, I'm not ragging on cons. If you like them go to them, enjoy. I like small cons and meetings, the big ones not so much.
But I don't think that it's important to meet editors to sell short stories.
I've sold *runs off and checks* 159 short stories. (Yay!) And I've met in person, none of the editors. I do network a bit, through my blog and twitter. So I can tell you that before selling, I'd interacted with electronically with three of the editors.
So, it doesn't seem that networking is paying a big part in the sales. Of course, if I'd been going to cons it might be that I'd have sold even more. Maybe. Impossible to tell, really.
What do you think? Has networking, electronically or in person helped your career? Is it more important if you're trying to sell a novel? Am I in denial about the whole thing?