It has become a habit for me when I wakeup each morning to grab my iPhone off my nightstand and, before I even get out of bed, peruse my favorite blogs. I read mostly writer, literary agent and publishing blogs. I have my favorite blogs bookmarked to my homepage so all I have to do is click and read.
I always start off with my favorite, Lisa L. Regan. She doesn’t usually post more than once a week, but I check anyway, no matter the day, to see if she has written anything. Lisa is a writer, like me, and has written two books. One of them, Finding Claire Fletcher, is now out on submission to various publishing houses and waiting to be picked up. It is a fantastic read. I met Lisa through former lit agent, Nathan Bransford’s blog forum. She answered a post I made requesting a critique partner and we became fast friends. In fact, she is one of my closest friends ever. She has taught me a lot about writing, editing, critiquing and querying, as well as what it means to be a genuine friend. She is the shoulder I always cry on when the process of writing and querying becomes too much or when I get bad news. She is also the one I turn to when I have good news or just don’t know what to do next. She blogs about all things writing, querying for an agent, good books to read, as well as her personal history. I have come a long way because of her and cherish every word she writes. We consider each other writing soul mates. Check her out if you have the chance.
The second blog I check out is Bookends, a literary agency blog. I find Jessica Faust shares a lot of good information about querying for an agent and writing in general, as well as the life of a literary agent, all of which I find helpful and very interesting. And her posts are generally very brief and to the point. She has a long list of topics on her blog that any writer would find both helpful and fascinating. And she's a no-nonsense kind of gal. I really like that in an agent.
After that, I tune into NatalieWhipple’s blog, Between Fact and Fiction. She is another writer. She writes Young Adult fiction, mostly fantasy or paranormal stuff, which is not really up my alley, but she is very personable and witty and she often writes about the trials and tribulations of writing, landing and losing an agent, being out on submission and rejection. All the things I am most interested at this time. Her insight is valuable and I take strength in her tenacity and fortitude. And now she is aspiring to create a place where we writers can meet and hook up with critique partners who work in our specific genre. I wish she had done that back in October. Oh well, my loss.
Next comes Dystel & Goderich’s blog. They are a literary agency and usually have multiple daily posts about agenting and querying for an agent, as well as all things related to the publishing business. It’s nice to have so many different perspectives to read among.
Others I read from time to time are The Rejectionist, who just left her position as an agent assistant to pursue her writing career. She is hilarious and gives a lot of insight into the whole querying process. I’m sad that I did not start following her earlier. I also love Kristin Nelson’s PubRants. She is also a lit agent and she rants about all things associated with the publishing industry. I really like her even though she rejected my query. Her agency doesn’t really rep my kind of book, but I thought I’d give her a shot any way.
A few others are Jennifer Hubbard (very sweet), Betsy Lerner (very tough), Adam Heine (very funny) and most especially Nathan Bransford whose blog taught me so much before I knew of anyone else or had any clue as to what I was doing. He is the god of all agent bloggers though he quit agenting and now works for CNET. He is very popular with 5000 followers. (I have 4, all of whom I am eternally grateful for.) And on weekends, I always go to literary agent Janet Reid’s Query Shark where aspiring writers send in their queries in progress for public humiliation and evaluation. Too funny and actually very helpful. By example, she tells you exactly what you should not do when querying for an agent. Last weekend, she wrote an example of a perfect query, using the Bible as her work. Both hilarious and insightful.
Last, but certainly not least, I read and follow Anne Mini’s Author! Author! blog. She’s like Nathan Bransford on steroids. A lot of steroids! I only wish I had discovered her first. She is a writer who grew up in the Bay Area, like me, and now lives inI do have others I read occasionally and I am always looking for other blogs related to writing, agenting and publishing. Let me know if you have one I should follow.
, also like me. Her memoir, A Family Darkly: Love, Loss, and the Final Passions of Philip K. Dick, won the 2004 Zola Award, the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association’s highest honor for a nonfiction book. She has also won numerous writing fellowships. Anne, also an editor, has been blogging since 2005 and has covered and recovered every topic you could ever think of regarding writing, editing, publishing, querying and agenting, as well as a myriad of other related topics. Her blog archives are so extensive and thorough, she could publish it into a virtual encyclopedia on all things writing. I’ve been trolling through her posts for months and I’ve barely scratched the surface on all the things she knows. And what I love best about her is that whenever I post a comment, she always writes back. ALWAYS! I absolutely LOVE her! Her posts do tend to be rather long, but I find I get sucked in every time because she is so thorough and knows exactly what my questions will be. I can tell she’s been there and done that. Every aspiring writer should definitely check her out. Seattle