My Writing Blog
... will be here someday. I want my main website to be a place for my readers, and not necessarily my writer friends. So, in lieu of not boring my readers to tears with my ramblings about the craft, I'm going to create a new blog that will be nothing but me writing about, well, "writing." Link coming soon.
Hire My Team
Robin Ludwig Design Inc. || Robin Ludwig (My book cover designer.)
* An amazingly talented woman, Robin is easy to work with, affordable, and prompt. I hirely recommend her services if you're looking for someone to do a professional grade cover for your book.
The Posh Box || Pamela Lopez (My website designer.)
* Pam is a super fun gal, and so good at what she does. She's very versatile, willing to try any style you throw at her, and she's fast at delivering quality designs. Whether you're looking for someone to do your website or blog, or just a good graphic designer to give your social media platforms a makeover, Pamela is your gal.
Worth Your Time
These are some websites I've found very helpful in learning about writing, as well as giving invaluable insight into the industry. Listed in no particular order.
A Newbie's Guide to Publishing || J. A. Konrath
* You probably already know who this guy is. He's one of the "voices of the self publishing revolution," and I literally spent hours digging through all the posts on his blog. Lots of gold there to be mined, on writing, self publishing, and the business side of the industry in general.
Terrible Minds || Chuck Wendig
* I've recently been directed to Chuck's blog by an indie author I highly respect (Kait Nolan), and his "25 Things You Should Know About Self Publishing" post had me laughing so hard I was in tears. Great advice, told "as it is." Also check out his "How To Be A Full-Time Writer" post. If you want to write as a profession, it's a reality check well worth your time.
The Creative Penn || Joanna Penn
* A lot of solid advice about self publishing, marketing, and writing from thriller writer, J. F. Penn.
Kristen Lamb's Blog
* Social media expert Kristen Lamb talks about the business, as well as the craft and how to sucessfully market your work (without annoying a lot of people in the process).
Zoe Winter's Blog
* I love Zoe's blog posts. She doesn't sugarcoat anything, and she has some smart advice for all kinds of writers, whether you're traditional, non-published, or self-published.
The Business Rusch || Kristine Kathyrn Rusch
* Practical, insightful advice from a long-standing industry professional. She offers a gold mine of information well worth your time in reading.
The Writings & Opinions of Dean Wesley Smith
* The website for another long-time professional writer (and Kristine Rusch's husband). Here you'll find an array of useful articles, including everything from business advice to insights on the publishing industry.
Recommended Writing References
I read as much about how to write as I actually practice writing, because I'm always looking for ways to improve. Something nerdy inside of me gets all excited when I get my hands on a new writing reference. Learning about the mechanics of the craft truly fascinates me. Though I've read quite a few references, below are the ones I've found most helpful. (In no particular order.)
The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master by Martha Alderson
* By far one of the best resources I've ever come across on developing plot. I highly recommend this book, as well as her Blockbuster Plots book. They work especially well together.
Blockbuster Plots: Pure and Simple by Martha Alderson
Plot Versus Character: A Balanced Approach to Writing Great Fiction by Jeff Gerke
* I'm very much a character driven writer (as most women are), and I originally tried this book out for help with plot, because I knew I needed to strike a better balance between the two. His character development section had my imagination salivating, it was so in-depth. Jeff divides this gem up into two sections, equally covering how to develop complex characters with a lot of emotional layers, as well as assembling the mechanics of a plot that makes a book really shine.
Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell
*A classic on plotting. If you haven't read it yet, you should get a hold of a copy now, especially if you're just starting out.
Self Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
* Be careful with this one. It's useful, but as I found out in one of my drafts after thoroughly applying its knowledge, there is such a thing as "too much editing."
We Are Not Alone: The Writer's Guide to Social Media by Kristen Lamb
* VERY sage advice on juggling social media successfully from social media expert, Kristen Lamb.