As we wrap up 2014, I wanted to show some love for some of the websites that have inspired me and helped me plan my future goals. They express new and upcoming trends in the publishing world, energizing writing tips and a refreshing perspective. Here’s my top ten websites for writers for 2014.
1.The Write Life – Man, I just cannot say enough good things about this site whether you’re reading about breaking into the freelance writing market, building your platform or monetizing your blog. This site has it all and it’s so refreshing. Oh, and I recently had a guest post published called, Boost Your Author Platform: How to Host Your Own Radio Show.
2. Five things Every Crowdfunder Must Do Before Launching a Crowdfunding Campaign from Crowdfunding.org is probably the most thoroughly researched article on crowdfunding I’ve read in a while. This information will be incredibly helpful when I launch my Pubslush campaign for my memoir Accidental Soldier and it is helping me right now with my son’s chess funding scholastic campaign.
3. Brooke Warner from Warner Coaching and Write Your Memoir in Six Months. Not only is she super smart and intuitive in her work with my memoir, but I always learn a thing or two about the publishing industry and I love her fresh take and encouragement. She’s a writer like us in the trenches but with an industry’s perspective, which is always important for us writers.
4. Savvy Writers and E-Books Online – contains golden marketing nuggets and words of wisdom for writers who want to promote their books without being salesy. Articles like this one affirm my choice and belief in being my own entrepreneur and marketing without going via the traditional route and although this article doesn’t point to the benefits of hybrid publishing, the principles of being one’s entrepreneur still holds true.
5. Hope C. Clark from FundsforWriters.com which made the 101 best websites list for writers with Writer’s Digest for the past 14 years. Hope never fails to deliver with her solid good writing advice and helps me keep going when the going gets tough. Each newsletter contains practical tips to build a freelance writing career and income building tips. I have also subscribed to Total Funds for Writers which is an even greater comprehensive listing of markets and resources. A great investment for any writer – newbie or veteran.
6. Tara Lynne Groth from Write Naked – a writer I recently “stumbled” upon by connecting with other writers. (I love when that happens!) I enjoy her resources, writing tips and wisdom. I recently had a interview with Hope Clark featured on her blog on income building tips, which you can read here.
7. John Kremer’s Tips on book and Ebook Marketing – offers a phlethora of tips and wisdom on how to market your book as a bestseller. You betcha I’m going to soak up some of his wisdom now that I’m thinking ahead with the writing and promotion of my memoir.
8. Terrible Minds. I love the whit and humor of Chuck Wendig. A writer needs both. “25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing” has especially has got me by the seat of my pants.
9. Dani Shapiro. From the moment I discovered her, her books and her world, I’ve been hooked. Her blog is just pure gold.
10. Brain Child Magazine for Thinking Mothers is right up my alley with all the other writers who are parents and caregivers trying to navigate a lonely, self-absorbed world as both writers and parents. Although most of the content is about parenting, I learn a lot from the writers whose posts get accepted, which helps me learn how to strengthen my submissions. I feel as if I’ve found my tribe. Despite the hardship, it’s a good tribe to be in.
Are there any other writers and blogs I should be on the lookout for in 2015? Please share!