Writing can be such an isolating experience. There you are, tucked in a quiet corner of a coffee shop or sitting at your kitchen table in the wee hours of the morning while the kids sleep, with nothing but the critical voices that live inside your head for company. (“Don’t you think it’s highly possible that your editor might hate this?” “Um, that might be the worst line you’ve ever written…. Ooh, actually, that one is.”)
Which is why I can’t get enough of websites about writing and publishing. I scroll through them every day, sometimes lurking, sometimes engaging in discussions in the comment thread. I admit it: I’m addicted.
If you’re trying to find an agent, websites are a goldmine. If you’ve got a question – anything from how to fire an agent to the best way to begin a query letter to how much a typical author makes in royalties - you’ll find answers. You’ll stop wondering about whether other authors struggle with saggy middles (and by this I mean the mid-section of their books, not their bodies, and am in no way feeling self-conscious about all those medicinally necessary chocolate-chip scones I’ve eaten at coffee shops while trying to coax out the right words).
Here are some of sites I can’t live without:
www.Allisonwinn.com This popular author’s blog is fresh, candid, and relevant. Allison posts three times a week and often takes questions from readers.
www.JAKonrath.com J.A. is one of the most prolific people I’ve ever met, and he’s completely transparent when it comes to topics like how much he earns as an author.
www.pubrants.blogspot.com Agent Kristin Nelson describes herself as nice Midwestern girl, but she also seems to be a pretty fierce agent. Sometimes she’ll deconstruct query letters to tell you precisely where they go off the tracks.
www.thedebutanteball.com I can’t close this list without listing a site that’s close to my heart. The Deb Ball was founded several years ago by Kristy Kiernan and a group of female debut authors, who blogged for a year – then handed off the reins to a new group of female debs. I was one of last year’s Debutante authors, and I love popping back to the site to catch up with the talented new group of authors.
Book bloggers are also some of the kindest, most supportive people in the world – and they’ve turned me on to dozens of books I never would’ve read otherwise (Mockingjay, anyone?). It’s impossible for me to list all the ones I love, but here are a few: www.bermudaonion.com, www.heylady.net, www.sheistoofondofbooks.com, www.myfriendamy.com, www.skrishnasbooks.com, www.devourerofbooks.com, www.chicklitisnotdead.com
Click on a few of these sites, if you haven’t already discovered them!
(And my thanks to the organizer of this blog, Karin Gillespie, who told me that my boneheaded error in blogging about websites instead of Hollywood wasn’t really an error, since we can blog about anything we like. See, I was just being creative! Thinking outside the box!)
True confessions: I worked as a stand-in and extra on a few Hollywood movies, including Her Alibi starring Tom Selleck and the 80’s-one-name-model Paulina. You know, the one married to the so-ugly-he's-beautiful singer from the Cars. I met all of them, and can report that Tom is quite tall. Plus they feed people very well on Hollywood sets. Entire tables devoted to candy and snacks! It’s a little slice of heaven!