Hello My Fantastically Lovely Readers,
A writer’s journey is often a very lonely one however we tend to make it lonelier than it has to be by not reaching out to those individuals/groups that have resources we need.
For me, when I decided I wanted to pursue writing professionally I didn’t know what to do or where to go. Luckily this blog had started to gather a lot of traffic and via my Twitter account, more on the importance of that later, I met a couple writers who have been some amazing resources for me.
But in addition to their wonderful help, I needed and wanted more. I wanted to hear from other professionals in the field such as the agents and editors whose help I would need if I intended, which I do, to traditionally publish. So I started searching around and found some lists of best websites, but honestly no one wants to go through lists of 100 websites, trust me I did it, it’s hell.
So today I wanted to bring you my list of the MUST follow blog for writers. These blogs will help you whether you plan on traditionally publishing, self publishing or whatever. They have helped me so much and are still helping me. I am subscribed to all of them, and I wouldn’t have made it this far without them (queue the violins).
(this is by no means a final list…I will update it when I discover more awesome sites)
- Nathan Bransford – Author, former literary agent for Curtis Brown, Ltd. & the social media manager at CNET…if you ever need any help writing queries, want to learn more about the industry, etc..etc…basically this should be your go to blog for all your writerly needs
- The Blabbermouth – Linda P. Epstein, Associate Agent at the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency, a no nonsense blog with tons of advice straight from the mouth of a literary agent. It’s very informative, she has these Q&A days where she will answer any appropriate questions (on certain topics) posed in the comments section, and it’s hilarious and very honest.
- Guide to Literary Agents – editor and author Chuck Sambuchino’s blog with information on querying, literary agents, etc…some of my favorite parts of this blog are the sample queries that worked as well as the listings of new literary agents open for submission
- WriteOnCon – sure it’s not really a blog, in fact it’s an online writing conference that takes place during the summer, however you can view previous conference events as well as the live events that go on throughout the year which includes tons of querying and writing advice from authors, editors, and literary agents
- Pub Rants – Kristin Nelson, founder and head agent of Nelson Agent’s blog…she gives great information on querying as well as great updates on the state of the industry
- Janet Reid – literary agent with FinePrint Literary Management, she runs her personal blog, Janet Reid, as well as Query Shark. Both blogs are great information her personal blog has more information about the industry in general as well as information about her clients and agency while Query Shark deals more with how to revise your query to make it stellar
- Rachelle Gardner’s blog provides a host of information on querying, life as a literary agent, how to make your query and book stronger, as well as information about the industry and tons of helpful guest posts
- Sarah Nego Writes – blog of Sarah Negovetich, writer & intern to Maris Corvisiero of the Corvisiero Agency…in addition to posting about her writing Sarah has these wonderful posts called “Agency Lessons” in which she writes about all the wonderful things she’s learning as an intern, including advice on querying, including sample pages, deciphering “publishing talk”
Recently Suggested/Discovered blogs
- The Forest for the Trees – This is author Betsy Lerner’s blog, it was suggested to me by YA/MG author Catherine Stine. On it she provides various writing advice…it is a continuation of her advice book for writers, The Forest for the Trees.
- Miss Snark’s First Victim – A great critique and advice blog for aspiring authors…suggested by writer Adrianne Russell
- JaneFriedman.com – writing advice from Jane Friedman, web editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review…suggested by writer Adrianne Russell
- Navigating the Slush Pile – blog of Vickie Motter, Agent with Andrea Hurst Literary Management…suggested by writer Adrianne Russell
- Pub Crawl – A group of authors and industry professionals who blog about all things writing, publishing, and books…suggested by writer Adrianne Russell
That’s all I have for now, however it is highly possible I have forgotten some…what are your go to blogs for writers?