Friday, November 12, 2010
The Book and Writing Sites We Love
I love literary agent Nathan Bransford's site. He has such great posts
on writing and helpful info on publishing. Unfortunately, he announced on Friday that he's moving into another job. He is keeping the blog
going and there is a ton of great stuff in the archives, so have a
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/ Galleycat blog not only keeps me up on all the latest publishing news, but it also has illuminating author interviews and doles out great advice. For example, I ended up buying the $700 JetBlue All You Can Jet Pass, because the Galleycat editor suggested (quite rightly) that it'd be a great way to do an impromptu Fall book tour. Seriously, this site is brilliant, practical, and delightfully snark-free.
Ernessa T. Carter
BookBalloon for reading: http://www.bookballoon.com/
BackSpace for writing/publishing:
Here are some of my favorite haunts on the Web for scoop on publishing info and book news (and I'm sure I'm forgetting something with my severe case of "deadline brain"):
Chick Lit Central (which actually has a lovely review of Melissa Senate's THE LOVE GODDESS' COOKING SCHOOL up today!)
Chick Lit Club
Book Club Girl
Book Club Queen
For writing and learning how to structure your novel, I'm pretty obsessed with Alexandra Sokoloff's blog, The Dark Salon (http://thedarksalon.blogspot.com/ ). Once you're finished with your novel and are ready for industry tips, Allison Winn Scotch's blog, Ask Allison, is the place to be. (http://www.allisonwinn.com/ask-allison/ ) I recommend her site to everyone looking to break into publishing.
LiveJournal (tons of YA writers, and you can "friends-lock" posts)
http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/2008/01/introducing-thesaurus-thursdays.html (genius idea: an emotional thesaurus)
http://www.stereomood.com/ for free streaming music while I'm writing
Though there are countless writer/publishing sites and blogs that I enjoy, the ones I go to most often are:
1. Beyond The Margins. http://beyondthemargins.com/
3. Library Journal. http://www.libraryjournal.com/
2. Publishers Marketplace. http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/
My two favorite online stops for helping writers are Blake Snyder's Save the Cat site (http://www.blakesnyer.com/ ) and Michael Hauge's Screenplay Mastery site (http://www.screenplaymastery.com/ ).
My favorite writing teacher Leslie Pietrzyk has an amazing blog at http://www.workinprogressinprogress.blogspot.com/
I love group blogs and three of my favorites are A Good Blog is Hard to Find which I founded and which Kathy Patrick aka Pulpwood Queen now heads: http://southernauthors.blogspot.com/ . Also Writer Unboxed http://writerunboxed.com/ and Muderati http://www.murderati.com/
I just discovered this one for reviews: http://bookfinds.com/blog/
And for great storytelling tips I love http://storyfix.com/
What are your favorites? Let us know.
Sarah Pekkanen has a great article on the power of the new girlfriend network
Ernessa T Carter will read and speak at CSULA on Monday, Nov. 15:
And in the link love departmente, a great in-depth article on James Frey’s new book packaging biz.