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Blogs and Forums

 

There are numerous blogs by and about writers on the Internet. Here are some of them.
  • Absolute Write - a blog about writing and self-publishing
  • Alliance of Independent Writers - a self-publishing advice blog
  • Amanda Hocking Blog - the best-selling self-published author of nine books, Ms. Hocking has much of interest to authors who want to self-publish.
  • Blak Rayne Blog - Blak Rayne is a writer of gay erotica. Her work is both traditionally and self-published. Writers in this genre may find her blog helpful.
  • Dean Wesley Smith - this indie author conducts online writing workshops and has interesting features on his website such as "Think Like a Publisher" and "Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing".
  • Indies Unlimited - celebrating independent authors
  • Genreality - "Need a reality check?" reads the tagline. And that is what it delivers. The four authors behind this site offer "an honest look at what itís like to make a living as an author, and how these authors get the job done". (Here's one guest article on how much money a typical author really makes).
  • J.A. Konrath Blog - a successful mystery writer and a pioneer in self-publishing, Konrath's blog is called A Newbie's Guide to Publishing.
  • John Locke Blog - John Locke is the first self-published author to sell more than a million copies of a book on Amazon.com. Only eight authors have ever accomplished this. His blog contains much useful information for those interested in self-publishing.
  • K Boards - a forum where people can talk about anything related to Amazon's Kindle.
  • Kris Writes - click on the For Writers link for a large collection of articles on publishing as well as the complete text The Freelancer's Survival Guide. Writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch is an award winning author of mysteries, sci-fi, romance and more.
  • Let's Get Digital - a blog about self-publishing from Irish author David Gaughran. It is sub-titled How to Self-Publish and Why You Should.
  • Lindsay Buroker - indie author Buroker has a lot of useful info for budding authors on this blog site.
  • Living the Writer's Life - a blog from author Ruth Kozak, travel writer and historical fiction novelist. This blog is under the name of her alter ego, Wynn Bexton.
  • Martin Crosbie Blog - Martin is the best-selling self-published author of the My Temporary Life trilogy. He is also the author of How I Sold 30,000 eBooks on Amazon's Kindle and his blog has lots of useful info on self-publishing.
  • Query Shark - a blog specializing in how to write query letters.
  • Robert Bidinotto Blog - the best-selling self-published author of the Hunter series has a lot of useful information on self-publishing.
  • Self-Publishing Success Stories - this blog chronicles self-publishing success stories, authors who have sold more than 50,000 e-books. There are over 185 of them.
  • StoryFix - an excellent blog from novelist Larry Brooks. Brooks is also the author of numerous books on the craft of writing and teaches courses on writing. His blog was rated one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers in 2011.
  • terribleminds - a blog from novelist, screenwriter and game designer Chuck Wendig. Much material devoted to self-publishing. Recommended by Margaret Atwood. Note Wendig uses a lot of bad language so avoid if that offends you.
  • The Book Designer - this blog has lots of information on self-publishing including a free 24 page report on self-publishing dos and don'ts. This is an extensive and award-winning site voted one of the top ten blogs for writers three years running.
  • The Creative Penn - lots of useful information on writing, self-publishing and marketing from indie author Joanna Penn.
  • The Passive Voice - this blog is subtitled "a lawyer's thoughts on authors, self-publishing and traditional publishing". Written by contract lawyer David P. Vandagriff, he cautions that "nothing on this blog is legal advice". His professional site is linked if you're looking for a contract lawyer who knows about author contracts.
  • Write on the River - "factual fiction" from best selling author Bob Mayer (over four million books sold). Mayer has lots of useful information for those participating NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). He is the author of The NaNoWriMo Survival Kit.
  • Writer Beware - a blog looking at literary scams, schemes and pitfalls. Sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

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