You need to make friends and influence people!
Here's the perfect place to start:
Awesome sauce publicist Dana Kaye (about whom not enough good things can be said) hosts the Chicago Literati Networking Event. You should go. I would, but the crowbar needed to pry me out of NYC is broken.
When you register use this promotion code for $5 off: TheShark
(You can see just from that why I adore Dana!)
Take pictures to show me what a good time I'm missing!