For: Writers and others interested in writing, the publishing industry (traditional, indie, and self-publishing), book stores, and other parts of the book world as a whole.
By: “The Passive Guy” (a lawyer)
This blog is a great aggregate, but personally-picked aggregate, of articles and news from around the web about publishing industry news, hot topics, and opinion pieces. Although the banner of the blog profess this space to be “A lawyer’s thoughts on authors, self-publishing, and traditional publishing,” I don’t see the blogger himself doing a lot blogging, but tends to offer.
However, this blog is a very nice resource for keeping abreast with the publishing industry and writing business in many facets and from many angles. I believe it’s good for emerging writers to be aware of the economic climate around their work. Because the articles are handpicked (and not just everything with certain SEO tags) you can’t get too overwhelmed by browsing through it.
For: Writers who want to submit work for publication consideration
By: Brian Scott, former Founder and Editor-in-Chief of FreelanceWriting.com
This isn’t a blog in the traditional sense in that there aren’t any articles to be read. This is more of a news feed of paid publication opportunities. Yes, paid. Sometimes only token payments, but paid. Although this site aggregates a lot of different calls of submissions (poetry, literary agents, small press looking for novels and novellas) because of the larger publication world, it is best for finding avenues to submit short stories, with speculative and literary being the top genre markets. Again, this is not a skew of the website, but rather because of how the writing market is.
I use this website regularly and it has so many positives. Completely free to the users. It has some ads, but they are completely unobtrusive. It catches a lot of markets I wouldn’t be privy to on my own, such as one-time or irregular publishing opportunities, such as anthologies or chapbook contests.
My only negative, which is very tiny, is that because this website focuses on calls for submissions that have deadlines, it misses paid opportunities from publications that have all-year open submission periods. So, it’s good for you as a writer submitting stories not to rely solely on this source, although it is a very great source of publishing opportunities.
Link to WritingCareer.com
For: Writers, Indie Publishers, Self-Published Writers, Writers thinking about indie and self publishing
By: Dean Wesley Smith, a career science fiction author and indie press publisher
Hop on over to the ‘Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing’ page of Dean Wesley Smith’s website to get some advice from an author who has been in the publishing game for decades. He gives perspective that many advice givers on the internet can’t, because his comes from a wealth of experience. This is a combination of creative and business advice that has changed my perspective on the writing process and my potential publishing future. I regularly revisit this series of posts, and also have followed up by purchasing some of Smith’s writing advice books and checking out some of his youtube lecture series videos.
As you will see, these blog posts were later arranged into books you can purchase, but Smith kindly left them up for visitors of his website for free. Furthermore, there is one series still (slowly) ongoing. You can also check his daily blog on his main page for other shared insight.
Link to Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing
By: C.S. Pacat, author of the Captive Prince trilogy
This blog, under the tab “Essays” on the website, has -- sadly -- not been kept current. (Nor the website, which is still promoting a book ‘coming soon’ in February 2016.) However, the nine posts in her blog are rich with great writing advice. She exposes some very practical, well-explained writing technique advice about topics like maintaining suspense and creating dynamic dialogue. While she does use examples from her own books to explain some of the concepts, you do not need to have read them to glean some useful techniques that you can apply to your own writing.
I really hope C.S. Pacat returns to the blogosphere and shares on some more techniques, but she really explains the nitty-gritty, how-to aspects of writing better than most!
Link to C.S. Pacat's Website
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