Websites and blogs aimed at connecting, inspiring, informing, and helping fledgling writers abound. If you're aspiring to publication, you've probably found plenty--I have my regular reads that I enjoy and learn from. There are a few, however, that may have flown under your radar. So, in celebration of the best blogs you've never heard of, some of my favorites:
1) Let the Words Flow. This cooperative blog, founded by a lovely group of ladies who met on Fiction Press, is a fabulous resource for writers. The contributors hail from all milestones along the road to publication--some are published authors, some are still working on their first novels, some are querying or on submissions. One is a literary agent, another is an intern at an agency. They blog about writing snags, tips for effective writing, publishing, the query process--the whole package. But the real treasure is the atmosphere--reading and commenting here is like wandering into a cozy coffeeshop filled with writer-friends. Sit down, grab a chai, enjoy the conversation.
2) Getting Past the Gatekeeper. An agent blog like none other. Gatekeeper may not dispense as much advice as Nathan Bransford or Rachelle Gardener, but she gives every post a unique perspective. Despite her anonymity, she reminds writers that there's a human side to the publishing industry and somehow makes the whole process a little less scary. Plus, she answers many of the quesitons left in the comments--feel free to speak up! Additionally, her "Agent Life" posts lend great insight into what an agent's day looks like--you'll have a whole new appreciation for the amount of work they put in!
3) The Rejectionist. Ok, you might have found this one--the Assistant has a huge following. But if not, I recommend reading Rejectionist for the same reason I like to listen to indie radio on occasion. The opinions are unabridged and uncensored, and though I may not like all of it, I'm bound to discover something new. Assistant pays special attention to female writers and writers of color, so the potential for finding something outside the mainstream is pretty good. You might have to read some ranting (and language....just fair warning), but when you walk away with a new appreciation for an author you hadn't heard of (or an irresistable draw to download the Fleet Foxes album), tuning in was worth it.
4) Historical Tapestry and Reading the Past. As a historical fiction writer, reading blogs on the genre written not by writers but by avid readers has been a boon. First, these blogs keep tabs on what's being pubished by whom, and their announcements serve to exponentially increase by To-be-Read pile. And being in the know is always wise for whatever genre you write in. Second, the reviews given by these experienced and savvy readers lend insight into what works and doesn't for the audience I hope, one day, will be my target audience. Finally, author interviews give even more insight to the research, writing, and publication of these fine books. If you're writing (or reading) historical fiction, check these ladies out. And if not--find a blog devoted to reading the genre you're writing, and enjoy!
And of course, all the blogs of fellow writers...I won't list them because I just know I'd forget someone and that would make me quite sad! But reading others' progress, success, and struggles really helps me in my own work. So--thank you for sharing with me! Pop into the comments if you're a blogging writer and leave your url...and let us know if there's another must-read blog we haven't heard of yet!