Friday, October 14, 2011

Pay It Forward


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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.   

39 comments:

Matthew MacNish said...

Hi Nancy! Thanks so much for taking part in the blog fest. And I wasn't following your blog until just now, so that means the festival is already working.

Laila Knight said...

Thanks for the new blogs to follow. Have a great day, Nancy! :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing. I' a new follower though not through NetworkBlogs. I added you to my roll. Thanks for the blog recommendations.

Creepy Query Girl said...

Thanks for hooking us up with these read-worthy blogs!

Pk Hrezo said...

Hey Nancy! Excellent choices! I don't know #4 so I'm off to check her out!

Murugi Njehia said...

Great choices! #2 is my fave..:) Just discoverd your blog and it is lovely! I am a new follower..:)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cheater! That's all right, I had four as well. Thanks for participating in the blogfest.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Love the list.

*heads over to check them out*

Pat Hatt said...

Hopped on over and no how you feel, I broke the whole keep it to three deal too..haha

Patti said...

Thanks for the links to more blogs, looking forward to reading them.

Lisa L. Regan said...

Had no idea this was going on! Anyway, thanks so much for the shout-out. Hopefully some writers will come by and enter one of the contests!

Lydia Kang said...

Nice to meet a fellow bloghopper! Great choices, I'm going to visit now...

Susan Oloier said...

Nice to meet you through the blogfest. Jennifer is awesome. I will check out your other choices, too.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

You spotlighted some great blogs! :-)

Jami Gold said...

Wow! Thank you, Nancy! I'd heard of this blog fest and then it promptly fell out of my head. Oops. :) So I'm very honored to be included in your list (and the kind words - wow again!).

I agree that Julie is fantastic. I'll have to check out the others on your list. :)

Suzie F. said...

Hello Nancy! Nice to meet you. I'm participating in the blog hop too. I can't wait to check out the blogs you listed - I listed 4 too. It's hard to pick just 3, lol.

Lydia Kang said...

You picked great blogs. You have good taste!

Jennifer Shirk said...

YOu listed some great blogs!!!

M Pax said...

There's a couple I might not have. Will have to check. Happy weekend, Nancy!

Draven Ames said...

Love the way you pay it forward here. Great blog hop. I'm going to check out those SK Files.

~Draven
http://dravenames.blogspot.com/

Rusty Webb said...

Just stopping by on Laila's recommendation. Nice to meet you. Good luck on your journey to getting published.

LynNerd said...

Hi Nancy! This is my first blogfest, and it's super great! wow, I feel so lucky to be participating in this. I follow Julie and Jami. I agree that they're both awesome. I'll have to check out your other recommendations. Thanks!

JJ said...

I’m now following you from the Pay It Forward Blogfest.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Hi! Count me in as a new "Pay it Forward" follower! Thanks for the links. I love Julie's blog! Off to check out the other two.

Tony Storm said...

the chain is working really good, i got here by this event and im going to continue my travel through the ones you posted

Jennifer Hillier said...

Whoa! How did I miss this? I gotta get my head out of my butt and pay attention!

I got all sappy reading this, Nancy. I hope you know I feel exactly the same way. You're a great friend and I'm glad to know you in real life! And through you I've met Lisa, and you both rock. :)

Ciara said...

Great picks. I'm over from Lydia's blog and a new follower. :)

Tara Tyler said...

thanks for the great list, lots of different styles =)

Kittie Howard said...

Hey, Nancy, I'm following your friend Lisa's blog now - thanks for the intro. Off to check out the others.

Melodie said...

Great recommendations!! I'm hoping Lisa gets lots of entries for her contest...and to see YOU at our character bloghop. *piercing gaze* :)

R. Jacob said...

I just wanted to leave a comment in regard to your writing success. Remember that Dan Brown, when he wrote Da Vinci Code, It was his third book, his third try. By then he had worked out his formula, story telling style, which he found with Angels and Demons.

Keep plugging away. Don't be discouraged. We will be waiting

Dawn Simon said...

This is such a cool idea. Thanks for the links!

Alexis Bass Writes said...

I will have to check these out! Great info!

Lola Sharp said...

I'm sorry I missed this blog-fest, by two of my favorite guys, but, alas, I did miss it. And it's my kind of spreading-the-love thing, too. *pouts*

Anyway, this is my first time here. *waves* Nice to meet you. :)

Have a delightful rest of your week,
Lola

Joylene said...

I love meeting new bloggers. Thanks, Nancy!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Those sound like some really awesome blogs! I'm going to have to go check them out.

Lynda R Young said...

It truly was a brilliant blogfest. I love this blogging community!

Julie Musil said...

Oh my goodness...Nancy, you are an absolute sweetheart. Thanks so much for including my blog on your amazing list. And thanks so much for your kind words. I tell ya, this blogging community is amazing, and I feel so lucky to be a part of it. Again, thanks so much.

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