I don’t know about you, but I have been inundated by writer’s New Year’s resolutions and years-in-review. Then my husband grumbled this week how New Years is really a made up holiday, anyway. He asked, “Is there some cosmic force that began the year on January 1st and ended it on December 31st?” “Not really,” I said, “but it is a good time for us humans to take a look at our lives and re-evaluate what things work.”
Don’t worry, I’m not going to recount all the horrible decisions I’ve made this year and tell you what I’ve learned from them. That would be too cumbersome … and kinda ugly. Instead, I’m going to share with you some cool websites for writers that I have found to be invaluable.
Here’s my list:
This site is a treasure trove of information. It is written by the agency staff, including the head dude, Steve Laube, along with his team, Tamela Hancock Murray and Karen Ball. Steve usually gives writer’s awesome information about the business of writing and the publishing industry, while Tamela and Karen round it out with writing suggestions and inspirations. A nice balance from a diverse staff. Some of the sites listed below were links recommended by this blog.
I just like this lady’s writing. It’s warm and down-to-earth … and gives you good information on the business of writing—like–from a human perspective … as opposed to a “suit.” What really draws me is how she balances the hard realities of the business with personal encouragement. She reminds writers that though rejection is inevitable in this field, there is reason to continue on. You just gotta keep plugging away. What more could you ask for? Check it out and you’ll see what I mean.
After a long hiatus, he’s back!!! I’m just starting to read his blog again, but when someone knows his stuff, you listen (or read). Unfortunately, he has yet to add an email subscription app on his site, so I have to remember to go there. Oops! Just checked to confirm this for my article and wouldn’t you know—woohoo!—it’s finally there. So subscribe and enjoy. I just did.
All of the above blogs are by agents or agencies which deal largely with Christian authors. This site, however, is for the mainstream blogger. Though a bit gritty at times, if you’re savvy, a Christian author can use these time-tested suggestions and turn them for His Glory. Great info for the writer who wants to provide awesome content and get readers to view it.
I think I’m late on the bandwagon for this one. I’ve heard lots of great things about Thomas Umstattd and his expertise with cyber media. However, I have only just learned about this blog (from the Steve Laube site above). It promises to be a wealth of information for those wanting to build their online platforms.
So, that’s it, folks. Hope you find something in the bunch that will add a new and productive dimension to your writer’s life this year.
Leave a comment and share a writing tip you’ve discovered over the past year.