slogging through immersing myself in the query process and have been going on Twitter binges (Twinges?), where I follow the followers of a blogger/writer I follow (do you follow?). Although the initial motivation was to increase traffic to my blog, the real satisfaction is coming from the discovery of new (to me) writers. This online community of aspiring and established authors is incredibly generous with tips as well as encouragement (similar to our own BJas), and I want to spotlight one of my new favourites.
Indie Book Collective was started by Cristyn West, Kait Nolan and Rachel Thompson. It’s full of great articles such as “SEO For Dummies” (like they’re writing just to me!) and “Why You Need a Blog”, this site offers advice in addition to online workshops and tutorials regarding online publishing. They are the Sundance of ePublishing.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and don my armour for the next round of queries (Kidding! Agents aren’t scary! At all! Beckie says so!).
*Twush = Twitter + Crush
As they say in Beckie’s (YA) neck of the woods: OMG!
We’ve received an award for our blog! The lovely @KoreenClemens is an aspiring YA writer from Colorado and she likes random pop culture, writing and eating BBQ, so naturally we love her!
And right near our first anniversary, too! This is much better than the traditional paper present, let me tell you…
Thanks so much,
Lori (& Beckie & Maria)
Ok. My Skirt. Nothing’s been blowing up there of late (my two kids are tag-teaming me with Norwalk-type illnesses, so if it’s not puking or pooping on me, I haven’t had time to notice it…).
I just finished Diana Peterfreund’s Tap & Gown, the final book of the Secret Society Girl series. These books are like caramel corn for me – I want to devour them in one sitting and I relish every tasty morsel. Next up: Perfection, a memoir by Julie Metz.
Cool addition to the blog, Maria! Here’s some interesting trivia (just because it’s fun). 2009 happened to mark the 55th anniversary of the filming of Marilyn Monroe’s skirt scene—the famous picture of Monroe, laughing as her skirt is blown up by the blast from a subway vent from The Seven Year Itch.
Okay, so, I’m no Marilyn, but here’s what’s blowing up my skirt!
What I’m reading: I just finished “Wake” by Lisa McMann (first in a new and hot YA trilogy) and have learned that my dreams are not my own. I’m also into “Sage-ing While Age-ing” by Shirley MacLaine, which I seem to always be coming back to, to read excerpts and chapters over and over again. MacLaine is brilliant. Brave. Fearless. Provocative. Okay, so what’s next? I have cracked the cover of “Something Borrowed,” by Emily Giffin and only because it was handed to me (very nicely) by a fellow restless writer in an effort to cure my chick-lit ignorance. It’s also a library book (and not signed out by me!) which creates a bit of urgency to finish! I have already learned two very important facts: 1) that those mass-market sized romance novels are NOT chick lit; and 2) chick-lit is fiction written by women for women. And it’s damn funny!
This will be the first of a regular feature on the Restless Writers’ blog about what we’re into–what we’re reading, what we’re working on, the dreams we had last night, whatever we feel like sharing. (Thanks to Lori for inspiring the title of this new feature.)
And if this turns into TMI, we will stop. That’s our prerogative.
What I’m reading: I just finished “Couch Surfing” by Cathy Yardley. Yes, it’s chick lit, and it was great fun. I’m now into “Perfidia” by Judith Rossner. Next up: “A Vintage Caper” by Peter Mayle.