Friday, February 18, 2011

This Week in the Writing World...February 18

by Brooke Favero
This week, Nathan Bransford asked if blogs have peaked. The reactions were mixed. I've certainly seen a lull in some blogs but others are booming with information. So do you think blogging has peaked? Blogs are still my main pipeline to the writing and publishing industry. Although Twitter is growing on me but mostly because it links me to new blogs chalk-full of information. Facebook, eh.

How do you stay on top of the industry? (Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)

Understanding the Industry & Market
Bankrupt! (Borders' least favorite chapter.) @ Pimp My Novel.
E-Mini Books @ Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Query Workshop @ BookEnds. (If you want your query critiqued, submit. If it is chosen, it will be publicly flogged but flogged by the best of the best, sir.)

Words and How We Use Them @ Writing Roads by Linda Osmundson.
No Pain, No Gain: Killing Your Darlings @ The Other Side of the Story.
What I Learned Writing a Second Novel (true that) @ Guide to Literary Agents.
The Missing Link--NaNoEDMo @ Writer Unboxed.
Crafting Character Likeability @ Adventures in Children's Publishing.
Get the Big Picture of Your Novel @ A Dead Man Fell from the Sky.
Methods to the Fiction Manuscript Madness @ Living in the Write Mind.

New Agent


Nathan Lowell said...

We've been hearing that blogs are peaking, have peaked, dying, and dead for at least five years, maybe more.

No. I don't think there's any danger in them going away.

Some of them provide good information. Some of them provide entertainment. Some of them - like the ones that authors should have - provide a channel to readers.

A blog can be thought of a repository which is what "good information" needs. For authors, that's where you can keep a page of links to interviews, store supplemental information about your stories, publish lists of your books, and make your calendar available for people who might want to meet you. It's also a great place to have a "slow motion conversation" with readers and that connection is key to building and maintaining the mythical platform.

So, no. Not peaked, not even sickly.

I *do* wish my favorite authors would stop talking about writing technique and dish a little more on what they're writing about, or maybe where they're going to be speaking next, or even what books they're reading themselves.


Nathan Lowell said...

Sorry. I missed the question below the fold...

I "stay on top of the industry" with Google Reader. I subscribe to the voices that I think are important and check in a couple of times a day.

Sources include other authors, publishers, agents, news media like the BBC and Reuters, pundits, critics, and social media people.

At the moment I've cut the list down to about 400.

I *do* use twitter and facebook, but I use those for building reader platform and networking with other writers and producers, not following industry news.

Kerrie said...

Great roundup as usual Brooke. I think blogs and Twitter are a great way to stay on top of what is going on in the industry as well as writers conferences and writing magazines like Writers Digest and The Writer.

Carol Kilgore said...

Wow! Tons of great links here. Thanks.

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