After a nice talk with Jonathan Maberry (whose new book “Patient Zero” is excellent!), I have decided that perhaps the focus of this blog should change.
I am still in the process of learning all about the publishing industry, and it occurs to me that I am not alone. Perhaps instead of just discussing my own personal writing I should instead be discussing the processes I have taken in order to get a book finished, find a publisher, locate an agent, and traverse the strange world hidden behind the curtain.
To that end, I will begin with listing a number of very reliable source of information: blogs for starting writers. Future blogs will discuss the query letters I have used (what worked, what didn’t), what I’ve done to promote myself, ways to get reviews, and so on.
I also plan on having interviews with agents, published writers, and editors where I can ask their advice.
If you follow, you can learn along with me, and perhaps avoid my mistakes while capitalizing on my successes.
So let’s start by giving a list of resources. This list was compiled by Janice Gable Bashman. Thanks, Janice!
A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing – http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/
Alice’s CWIM Blog – http://www.cwim.blogspot.com/
Anthology News and Reviews – http://anthologynewsandreviews.blogspot.com/
BookEnds, LLC – A Literary Agency – http://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/
Buzz, Balls & Hype – http://mjroseblog.typepad.com/buzz_balls_hype/
Crowe’s Nest – http://acrowesnest.blogspot.com/
by Ken Levine (more TV writing) – http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/
Editorial Ass – http://editorialass.blogspot.com/
Evil Editor – http://evileditor.blogspot.com/
Guide to Literary Agent’s Editor’s Blog – http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/
Janet Reid, Literary Agent – http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/
Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent – http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/
Pub Rants – http://pubrants.blogspot.com/
Query Shark – http://queryshark.blogspot.com/
Tess Gerritsen’s Blog –http://tessgerritsen.com/blog/
The Blood-Red Pencil – http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/
The Kill Zone – http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/
The Rejecter – http://rejecter.blogspot.com/
The Renegade Writer Blog – http://therenegadewriter.com/
There Are No Rules – http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/
Weekly List of Anthologies – http://writersreliefblog.com/post/Anthologies-Contests.aspx
C. Hope Clark – http://www.hopeclark.blogspot.com/
(and don’t forget to sign up for her free newsletters: Funds for Writers and Funds for Writers for Small Markets)
Jonathan Maberry’s Big, Scary Blog – http://jonathanmaberry.com/
Editor Unleashed – http://editorunleashed.com/
Don Lafferty’s – Practical Social Media Strategies and Tactics for Connecting with Your Public – http://www.donaldlafferty.com/blog/
Seth Godin’s blog (not writing but excellent info on marketing) –http://sethgodin.typepad.com/