I was having a bit of difficulty coming up with a topic for this month’s blog, so I turned to the magic of the interwebs for help. I discovered that there a lot of very good writer resources online –from blogs from well known published authors who use their website and blogs to promote their work, but also give insight to their writing process, re-writing, editing, deadlines, etc., to writers who are still trying to get their foot in the publishing door and write about their efforts and their rejections. There are also numerous review sites, which really give a good idea of what NOT to do. There’s nothing like reading some of the reviews on Goodreads.com: the reviewer generally gives some background on how they got a hold of the story and sometimes…they tear it to pieces. They expose bad spelling, bad grammar, poor story organization, and they are brutally honest about their opinions.
Here are a few of the sites I like to check out. If you are a writer, then I suggest searching for some that appeal to you.
Writers Beware: http://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/
Writing Fiction: http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/fiction/
Michelle Sagara: http://michellesagara.com/blog/
Dan Abnett: http://danabnett.com/
Lynn Viehl: http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/
Carolyn Jewel: http://www.carolynjewel.com/wordpress/
Wil Wheaton: http://wilwheaton.net/
Next blog post will be by James.
Sid says: One of the big things NOT to do is google your reviews/reviewers…and respond. Develop a thick skin, because no matter what you do, someone is going to hate it. Usually a lot. And loudly. Of course, someone is also going to love it, so it evens out.
I also like to read Peter Clines’ blog, http://thoth-amon.blogspot.com.
There is also Chuck Wendig’s blog, http://terribleminds.com/ramble/blog/
Last but not least, read Kevin Hearne’s blog to learn how to interact with your fanbase; he’s unfailingly polite, kind, enthusiastic and thankful to his readers: http://kevinhearne.com/writers-grove
James says: Neil Gaiman’s website is wonderful to read. Stay away from it! It’s a great read, but if you start, it will suck you in and you will not get out of there without a rescue party coming in for you.
I have to second Sid’s comments about Kevin Hearne. Read his blog. Read his books, too, if you haven’t already. They’re more than worth the time.