Sunday, November 13, 2011

NaNoWriMo #14: Essential Online Resources

Today is November 14th, about halfway through the month. It’s official: whether you’re at the 25,000 word point in your book or not, you’ve hit “the sagging middle.”  For most writers, the sagging middle is not a fun place to be. It will require a lot of attention—unsentimental evaluation, tightening, finding ways to up the tension. But not today. Today you are plowing ahead, continuing to put words on paper, playing out the story as it exists in your head.

 Today’s tip falls into the category of inspiration. Whenever we take on a new endeavor, we live in hope. Hope that this time, things will work out. Hope that this is the story idea that catches fire. To fuel that hope, I’m listing some online resources for your onward journey as a writer. Resources that will not only help you revise your NaNoWriMo novel when November is over, but will provide insights into the community of writers.

This is a short list, the online resources that are required reading in my opinion. And it doesn’t begin to explore the book blogger community, or sites for book reviews. Have a favorite you don’t see here? Add it in the comments section and share your knowledge.

Backspace: an online water cooler for working writers. Need a place to ask a question of other writers or a publishing professional? Want to compare experiences with someone who has been there? Look no further. 

Beyond the Margins: a lit blog written by authors who came out of the Grub Street writer’s center in Boston. Great advice, insights on every step of the writer’s journey.

Boxing the Octopus: a collection of writers and professionals in the publishing industry share their insights and advice.

Galley Cat: All the news in the publishing community here. A good place to catch the daily zeitgeist of New York publishing circles.

Guide to Literary Agents: Chuck Sambuchino’s blog for Writer’s Digest will help you find the literary agent that’s right for you.

How A Novel Gets Published: Want to know what it’s like to go from selling your first book to publication day? Meg Waite Clayton captured her experiences every step of the way, and provides thoughtful insights throughout.

Publisher’s Lunch: the daily free newsletter from this publishing industry trade resource. It’s subscription counterpart, Publisher’s Marketplace, is a great research tool when you’re putting together your strategy for querying.

Publisher’s Weekly: provides a daily email to the publishing industry.

Shelf Awareness: provides a daily newsletter to the trade, with a focus on booksellers. Also produces a twice weekly version geared toward readers.

Writer Unboxed: a roster of publishing professionals give advice on all aspect of the writing life, including super agent Don Maass and author of The Lace Reader, Brunonia Barry.

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