I figured it'd be a good idea to tell you which blogs I follow. There are a good fair amount of them. I think it's important to keep up with the writing community and industry, and this is how I do it! Through these kind of resources, I've been able to give myself lots of opportunity for growth and learning. For example, right now, I'm attending the free online writing conference, WriteOnCon, which is completely brilliant. You should check that out as well, if you get the chance. You learn so much from these sort of things.
So for all you writers out there, or even readers who want to follow some awesome authors, here are the blogs that I follow. *For the May 2015 updated version of this post, see here.*
Keeps you up to date on industry news.
Also looks at industry news, along with some new releases and relevant blog posts elsewhere.
More industry news and blog posts. This one gets a little spammy though, so be wary of that.
Yup. Same as Publisher's Weekly, but a different group, obviously. Not as high quality but not bad.
I very highly recommend this one. Rachel Gardner is primarily an adult-lit agent at Books and Such,
but she gives incredible insight and advice for all writers ever. I love her.
The Steve Laube Agency
Run by Steve Laube of the above-mentioned agency. Covers some good stuff, a pretty good blog.
Decent blog about children's lit that is run by Mary Kole, a freelance editor and Literary Manager at
Moveable Type Management.
This is an amusing and interesting blog by Victoria Marini, who is a very new literary agent working
at Gelfman Schneider Literary.
Books and Such Literary Agency
A well-done blog by the agency, which includes some posts from my favorite blogging literary agent,
Rachel Gardner, and is just generally cool.
This blog features a whole bunch of writers and other professionals, lots of guest posts and such. Very
interesting and varied. I quite like it.
If you are a YA reader/writer who doesn't know Veronica Roth, you have some issues. She is the
bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy, which is one of the few recent YA dystopians I actually really
liked. Divergent is now in movie production. Her blog is really fun and cool.
Jay Asher is a pretty legit YA writer, having written the very famous and semi-controversial Thirteen
Reasons Why, and he's an even more legit blogger. I love it.
Any YA reader/writer who doesn't know Lauren Oliver also has some problems. She is very famous for
her many YA romantic-y books, including the dystopian Delirium trilogy. I'm not the biggest fan, I'll
admit, but she is a huge face on the industry. Her blog, which is currently undergoing some revisions,
isn't too bad either.
Kate Constable is an Australian author who wrote the first YA series I ever read/loved, the Chanters
of Tremaris series, beginning with The Singer of All Songs. She got me into the genre, and for that I am
forever grateful. I like to keep up with what she's doing.
I'll admit that I haven't actually read any of her books. Someday maybe. The point of following Elana,
really, is that she's got some really great insight into the industry. Also, she helps run WriteOnCon,
which is the best writer's conference ever, especially because it's free and online. And happening
Julia the Writer Girl
As everyone who reads this blog better know by know, Julia is my best writer friend, my main critique
partner, and a very talented writer. We've known each other via Internet since we were thirteen. She
also runs the Chapter One Writers Conference for young writers. She's amazing, and her blog is very
sweet and fun.
Hero is my other main writer friend, and also a good critique partner. I've known her not quite as long
as I've known Julia, but fairly close. Maybe since I was fifteen or something (she would've been about
thirteen then, I think.) She's a very spunky and bright character, extremely religious, and has some
legit writing talent. Her blog is adorable.
Cassidy is a very sweet young writer I've known for a little bit. Her blog/website very cute. She's got
some potential in her. Plus, she totally made the website just because she liked mine, which I think is
Words into Darkness
Tatiana is legit. I'm not as close with her as with Jules and Hero, but she's another part of that young
writers group, and very, very talented. Her blog is extremely well done as well. I'm excited for when her
career takes off.
Live 4 Writing
The same applies for Shelby. This is her blog.
My Life as a Teenage Novelist
I don't know Brigid at all. I just ran across her blog while exploring the internet, and I like it.
A Fuzzy Mango with Wings
I don't know Ari either, but a few of my friends follow her. She's another writer about my age who has
some experience in the industry and is working towards her own publication. Her blog is pretty good.
Teens Can Write Too
I don't know a whole bunch about this site, but I'm classifying it here anyway. It's very bright and full of
interviews, tips, and lots of fun content.
The Spastic Writer
Meet Joan, whom I know through Julia and have recently befriended at WriteOnCon. So far, I'm loving
her blog. She seems totally awesome. :)
Book Review Sites
Pretty Books is a really adorable and well-done book and library review blog. I like it a lot.
A fairly famous book review site that talks about new releases and all kinds of related stuff.
Another very good book review site, like Book Riot, but with more heart.
I mostly like this one because it helps me keep up with new YA releases... which I suppose is also why I
follow the above three as well.
Author Media talks about how to build an online platform, for authors. Useful enough, I suppose,
although it can get annoying. (Re: commercialized.)
The Passive Voice
The Passive Voice is a blog by a lawyer about the publishing industry in fancy legal and professional
terms that I only sometimes understand. Fairly useful.
A lot of people know QueryShark. It's a blog run by an anonymous unpublished author who does
professional editing of mostly query letters. Very snarky and hard-hitting.
Hyperbole and a Half
A lot of people know Allie's blog. Usually pretty good for a laugh. It's been out of commission for a
while but I think it's coming back.
Life is So Simply Beautiful
This blog is by my real life best friend and has nothing to do with writing at all.
This does not even begin to cover all the professionals and writers and stuff I follow on Twitter. Yikes!
Anyway, thanks for reading, and hopefully that helps some of you a little! Go ahead and check the blogs out. You won't regret it. :) Come back next time, then, for a summary of what I learned and did this year at Write On Con.
What other blogs do you follow?
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I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. More than anything, stories are my life.
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