Today, awesomely cool bloggers Alex Cavanaugh and Matthew MacNish are hosting the Pay It Forward Blogfest. The idea is to introduce all of us to everyone else, to meet and follow as many other bloggers as we like. In our posts, participants are to list, describe, and link to three blogs that we enjoy reading and believe others would enjoy, as well.
Hmmm…only three blogs, huh? That might be a bit of a problem, but I’ll try to contain myself.
- Lisa L. Regan – Okay, for those of you who already know me, this is a given. After all, she’s my very best friend and confidant, my number one critique partner, and a fellow thriller writer. And while Lisa is a fantastic agented writer with two books currently on submission, she also has a lot to offer other writers. Both her new blog and web page are filled with juicy bits of wisdom as she’s journeyed farther than most of us toward publication. And what’s more, and possibly most important, is the fact that both she and her agent, Jeanie Pantelakis of the Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency, have teamed up to host a variety of book contests with a reading of the winner’s full manuscript as the grand prize! That’s right! No querying needed. Just enter the appropriate genre contest and you have a good chance of having her agent request your full manuscript.
- Jennifer Hillier of The Serial Killer Files – I know Jenny is already well-known in the blogosphere, but if you haven’t trolled through her blog archives, you’re really missing something. Not only has Jenny written a novel, she’s successfully landed an agent and sold her first book, Creep, which, I must say, I’ve read twice now and think it’s freakin’ fantastic! I know I’m partial. She’s also a fellow writer of psychological thrillers. Her second novel, Freak, already sold, by the way, is due out sometime next year. On a personal note, I’ve become personal friends with this lovely lady and I can’t say enough good things about her. I owe her BIG TIME! So here’s a tiny little bit of payback, Jenny!
- Julie Musil – There’s a reason Julie has so many followers and that reason is wisdom. I swear, every time I tune into her blog, she teaches me something new. Her archives are a virtual treasure trove of valuable literary insight. She shares tip after tip on her blog. I’ve taken to copying each one and compiling into a file I call “Great Writing Advice.” And what’s even better than all that, if that’s not enough already, is that Julie personally replies to every comment I make on her blog. She cares and takes the time to reach out and touch her followers. In a word, Julie is amazing!
See, I knew I couldn’t keep it to just 3. But I’ll make this honorable mention brief…er.
- Jami Gold – Now, I don’t know Jami like I know the ladies listed above, but what I do know is that this writer is smart as hell and gifted beyond all get-out. Her posts hit on what every writer wants to know or really, really should know. This gal does her research and delves deep into the issues that concern us writers the most. And damn if she doesn’t manage pull shit out of me in my comments that I swore I would never talk about. Like I said, it’s a gift.
I love each and every blog I follow closely. Why else would I list them on my blog roll? If you’re a Pay It Forward Blogfest blogger who is new to my neck of the woods, scroll through the left sidebar of my blog. They are all worth a look and a follow.
Like me, once you follow them, they follow you right back.