Paying It Forward to “Lovely” Blogs

I had really meant to do this a few weeks ago, but the time got away from me, and I truly feel bad about it!

Alison Miller, my writing BFF, awarded me/this blog with the “one lovely blog” award.

Ta da!

In her post, she said:

Here’s how it works:

Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

Pay it forward to fifteen other blogs you have newly discovered.

Contact those blog owners and let them know they’ve been chosen.*

I haven’t been doing a lot of “newly discovering” blogs, since I’ve been kind of locking myself to my WIP, but here are fifteen blogs I read regularly of fifteen “lovely” writers, and I think they deserve a little love as well.

As it turns out, many of Alison’s choices would also have been mine (Marice Kraal, The Misadventures in Candyland, Sparks from the Wheel, Season Ticket, Babbling Flow, The Michelle Show, Fiction City, and (W)ords and (W)ardances), so I won’t include those (but—ha!  Did you see what I did there??  *sneaky, sneaky*).

Here are my fifteen, in no particular order:

These are all great, informative, engaging (pretty much all writing) blogs that I highly recommend.

Thanks, Alison! 😉

*I probably won’t do this part because I fangirl a lot of them and would feel like kind of a tool. 🙂

In the Blogosphere: 11/30-12/4

“In the Blogosphere” is a weekly series, which lists links to writing-related blogs I’ve stumbled upon throughout a given week.  Most posts will be from that week, but if I find some “oldies but goodies,” I’ll throw those up here as well.

I never find as much time to read blogs as I want, but here are a few posts that struck me this week.


Here’s a great post on literary agent Nathan Bransford‘s blog.  It would be of particular use to writers in the I’m-signed-to-an-agent-my-book-has-been-sold-and-I’m-now-editing stage of publishing, but it can also be helpful for anyone at any stage who has received feedback on a manuscript.

This post on lit agent Rachelle Gardener‘s Rants & Ramblings blog struck a chord with me.  Despite what some disgruntled writers believe, literary agents aren’t out to get them.  Gardener reflects on a blog conversation gone “snarky” with poise, class, and compassion—and everyone out there with a Web presence can take a lesson from her with regard to the power of words.

Here is a post from Bookends, LLC lit agent Jessica Faust, which complements the above Rachelle Gardener post.  It addresses the issue of the us-vs.-them attitude writers and agents sometimes have as well as self-censorship and the idea of acting, speaking, thinking, e-mailing, blogging, Tweeting, etc., with professionalism.

Professionalism is the name of the game this week.

This post from a few weeks ago by Waxman Literary’s agent Holly Root quelled some fears I recently had.  A firm believer in “the rules” and a people pleaser, I often get bogged down in all the do’s and don’ts out there.

In this post, Greyhaus Literary’s agent Scott Eagan clears up some questions all fiction-writers have had about fictionalization…


…and this news story about New York Times best-selling author Haywood Smith’s libel suit shows why the aforementioned advice is important.


Freelancer Debbie Ridpath Ohi lists Twitter chats for writers in this oldie-but-goodie post from July, complete with days and times.  These weekly (and, in some cases, daily) online chats are great way resources for writers, so you’ll definitely want to bookmark this one!


Lastly, here’s YA author John Green‘s videoblog take on New Moon.  I don’t wholly agree, but he amuses me so.