I figured it'd be a good idea to share the blogs I follow. There are a 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 given 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.
So for all you writers out there, or even readers who want to follow some awesome authors, here are the blogs that I follow.
Keeps you up to date on industry news.
Also looks at industry news, along with some new releases and relevant posts throughout
More industry news and blog posts. This one gets a little spammy, though.
Same as Publisher's Weekly, but a different group, obviously. Not as high quality but not bad.
I 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.
The Steve Laube Agency
Run by Steve Laube, who represents lots of Christian writers. He covers some good stuff..
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 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 with lots of guest posts
and such. Very interesting and varied.
If you are a YA reader/writer who doesn't know Veronica Roth, you need to. She is
the bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy, which is one of the few recent YA dystopians I
actually liked. (Divergent is now in movie production.) Her blog is really fun and cool.
Any YA reader/writer who doesn't know Lauren Oliver also needs to get on top of that. She is
famous for her many YA romantic-y books, including the dystopian Delirium trilogy. Her blog,
which is currently undergoing some revisions, is pretty good.
Kate Constable is an Australian author who wrote the first YA series I ever read/loved, The
Chanters of Tremaris, beginning with The Singer of All Songs. I like to keep up with what
Elana'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.
Julia the Writer Girl
As everyone who reads this blog better know by know, Julia is my best writer friend. 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. I've known her not quite as long as I've known Julia, but
fairly close. Maybe since I was fifteen and she was thirteen. She's a very spunky and bright
person. Her blog is adorable.
Cassidy is a very sweet young writer I've known for a little bit. Her blog/website is very cute.
She made it because she liked mine, which is an honor, of course.
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. 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.
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 an 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 with a lot of 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, although it can
get annoyingly commercialized.
The Passive Voice
The Passive Voice is a blog by a lawyer about the publishing industry, written 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, which is 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.
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