Day 2: Networking 101: A Guide for Indie Devs, by Jessica Paek
"Networking isn’t just important for marketing games or increase exposure for your indie game studio. Your professional network can provide great support, advice, and direction. In networking, you’re not just thinking about funding your next project or getting the video game review you want at a big indie game news site, but rather, you’re creating a relationships what deepen over time."
GET FEEDBACK EARLY
So one thing I notice often from new game creators and aspiring devs is that they're very focused on creating their game, yet sometimes are too afraid to get advice and help from other people. People can invest a lot of time and energy building an elaborate system for their grand visions, but forget to ask for feedback on the design. You should consider having people review your game design proposal and core game loops, testing your whiteboxed prototypes first before expending a lot of your resources.
ABOUT ASKING FAVORS FROM YOUR NETWORK
Consider getting a LinkedIn and don't be afraid of cold-emailing or direct-messaging very politely. Ask for 5 minutes of their time for their feedback and make sure the time commitment is low. Game dev industry veterans and strangers often want to help and support indie devs, you just have to have the courage to ask for help and some politeness. Also, rather than just asking for something and people's time and help, consider offering ways you can give back to them (give playtester feedback, promoting their workshop, etc).