Blogs I Love
There are so many blogs out there, who has time to read them all? And which ones do you choose? Pretty much everyone in the industry knows J.A. Konrath's A Newbie's Guide to Publishing, but there are many other sites packed with great information for writers or new books to share for readers. Here are a few of my favorites.
Breakout Books Reviews showcases indie books and authors exclusively.
The Frugal e-Reader lists Kindle books for under $9, as well as author Q&As.
McQuestionable Musings is self-publishing rock star Karen McQuestion's interesting blog. McQuestion's A Scattered Life has been optioned for film and five of her six novels are now under contract with Amazon's imprint, Amazon Encore.
NewPages.Com features news, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more.
Pimp My Novel, written by Eric Blank who works in the sales department of a publishing company, provides an insider's look into the industry, offering tips for writing and marketing your novel, and general commentary on publishing trends.
Just Great Reads
British novelist Deborah Lawrenson has a gorgeous site, filled with beautiful photos, paintings and prose. Reading her blog is like taking a five-minute vacation and escaping into the sites, smells and colors of Provence. Her writing is lush and sensual. Lawrenson's new novel, The Lantern, is coming out in the United States in August. If her fiction is anything like this blog, The Lantern should be amazing.
Fiction for Dessert features fun giveaways, book excerpts and even a monthly book and recipe club. It is written by Karen Cantwell, so you know it is sure to be a hoot!
For a wee bit of Scotland, try The World of the Blue Bells Trilogy, a fascinating blog by Laura Vosika, which is filled with wonderful articles on medieval Scottish history.
Friend of the blog and award-winning flash fiction writer Sharon Cupp Pennington offers her take on Spring Fever for "Flash Fiction Fridays."