BLOGS ARE AN AWESOME TOOL!

Though the sadness of this is that too many new writers are unaware of it.

Since I signed my first contract earlier this year, I’ve had more and more aspiring writers come to me, asking for advice and guidance on the industry.

Should they go the agent route? Or should they just submit direct to publishers?

Should they even bother with the publishers? Or should they self-publish?

The point isn’t what I think they should do—because only they can decide what’s right for them.

The point I do always try to get across to them, though, is that, whichever path they decide to follow, they need to make sure they have all the facts beforehand so they can ensure they make their decisions with eyes wide open.

Too many today still believe they don’t need to understand the first thing about the publishing industry or how to market their novel—so long as they can just procure an agent or convince some publisher to take them on then all the hard work will be done for them.

Um … this, to me, screams of laziness. I’m sorry, but it does.

Yes, ideally, it would be awesome to just hand over your work to someone else to take care of whilst you just sit back down and concentrate solely on writing … but … why would you want to?

You’ve spent months—some people, years—creating your masterpiece. Why the heck would you not want to see it through to the end? Why would you spend months and months polishing it until your eyes bleed if you plan to give it up at the point where you could get to see what Joe Public think of it? Why would you not WANT to play a part in it getting into as many readers homes as possible?

That’s all part of the achievement, right? Isn’t that what you invested your time, blood, sweat and tears for?

But … you’re right … in order to do that some education on the matter would be required.

And that’s where people hit a brick wall.

So many tell me they don’t know where to look for information.

More likely, they don’t know the information is out there, or what the information is, so they’re looking in all the wrong places and at all the wrong things.

So … I thought I’d put together a compilation of blogs I find helpful—either for writing tips, time management tips, marketing tips, or social media relevant to writer’s advice—and share it … with you.

1)       Top of my list: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/

Kristen Lamb KNOWS what she’s talking about. It’s not about marketing your book so much as marketing your brand—YOU! Your name! The title you hope your readers will forever associate with YOU! Follow her blog. Listen to her. She makes sense.

2)       http://www.pimpmynovel.blogspot.com/

A blog written by some dude called Eric who works in a sales department of a publishing house (sorry, Eric, for the crap summary). You can learn some interesting stuff on there.

3)       http://blog.nathanbransford.com/

Nathan Bransford. I’ve learnt a lot from reading his blog—like the basics of writing a query or logline. Although he now talks more about his own writing experience (since he became a published author) than about the industry, links to all the real useful stuff can still be found in the left sidebar of his blog (though he does still come out with interesting stuff, too).

4)       http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/

There are often decent writing tips on this blog. Subscribe. Check ‘em out.

5)       http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/

A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing as written by author Joe Konrath.

6)       http://www.thepassivevoice.com/

The Passive Voice, where they talk about change in the publishing industry—whether for better or worse.

7)       http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/

Marketing Tips for Authors. Speaks for itself, right?

8)       http://kriswrites.com/

I’ve read some decent posts on the blog of Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Go check her out. Do it!

9)       http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/

The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing is a great resource for those who’re thinking of going it alone—and has good information for those who aren’t, too. Follow them. Get their updated posts.

10)   And for those of you interested in following someone who has successfully self-published, consider: http://ljsellers.com/wordpress/

There you go! Although this barely covers all of them out there, this is my list of blogs I like to check out.

Hopefully, someone will get some use out of them.

How about you? What are your favourite blogs for advice? Do you have any you could add to this list?

Cheers for reading.

Darkness & Light is available at the following outlets:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

WHSmith & Waterstones