March 10, 2010

These are a few of my faaaaaavorite links!

[Imagine the title to the tune of "My Favorite Things" and it'll make a lot more sense]

Each week, YA Highway hosts a blog carnival called Road Trip Wednesday in which contributors discuss a specific topic on their own blogs and invite readers to do the same. This week's RTW topic is:

List your favorite reading/writing blogs and/or resources.

Like many bloggers, most of my favorite writing-related sites are listed on my sidebar. →

Agent blogs:
  • Daphne Unfeasible (Kate Schafer Testerman) - Daphne is a shoe-obsessed super-agent who reps some of my favorites, including Maureen Johnson and Stephanie Perkins. Daph is an entertaining and informative read.
  • Janet Reid is the Query Shark herself and provides straight-up, no-nonsense advice. Check her sidebar for a plethora of helpful information, including her Rules for Writers blog series.
  • Kristin Nelson blogs contracts, publishing math, foreign rights, and all the nitty-gritty things you need to know about the publishing world, from the query and beyond. Check out her Agenting 101 blog series, linked on her sidebar.
  • Nathan Bransford is the blog-father of the agent blogosphere, and provides insight on everything from the publishing industry to queries to general writing advice. Check out the forums on his blog, which are becoming so popular they could give AbsoluteWrite a run for their money. Read his The Essentials blog series before you query anyone.
  • Rachelle Gardner offers motivational advice and a Christian perspective that makes you look at the publishing world in an entirely different (read: more positive) way. 
Agented/published writer blogs:
  • Elana Johnson's motto is "Stop the violins. Write it greatly." Elana is honest about how hard the writing process is, but reminds her readers (and herself) to stop whining and keep working, because nothing starts great, you have to make it that way.
  • Jennifer Weiner's sarcastic, not-necessarily-what-you-want-to-hear-but-will-help-you-in-the-long-run advice can be described in one word: AWESOME.
  • Kiersten White writes! Kiersten White blogs daily! Kiersten White vlogs occasionally! Kiersten's debut novel, PARANORMALCY, comes out in September. She is funny and helpful and my favorite blog read.
  • Natalie Whipple is entertaining, upbeat, and repped by the blog-father himself, Nathan Bransford. She blogs about the writing process, with everything from anime to Warcraft to ninjas sprinkled in. And her Saturday sketches are a lot of fun, too!
  • Stephanie Perkins is funny and daring and her debut novel, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, comes out in December. Plus her blog design is just gorgeous!
  • YA Highway's Road Trip Wednesday is a fun chance to connect with other blogging writers and their Field Trip Friday is great wrap-up of the week in YA.
Other helpful sites/blogs:
  • The Bookshelf Muse maintains a collect of Emotion, Setting Description, Color, Texture and Shape, and Symbolism thesauruses (thesauri?) that help writers add a little extra meaning to our writing. A great resource when you begin adding subtle foreshadowing during the editing process.
  • Dropbox is a program that allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically. For more information, check out their website or the post I wrote about it on Monday.
  • Weronika Janczuk is a writer and publishing intern who offers excellent advice based on her own experiences with the writing process. She is also very generous with her time and enjoys helping other writers improve their work.
  • TV Tropes is a wiki that lists thousands of tropes, or devices and conventions, in writing. It's a great place to surf if you are in need of ideas, but be careful, because you might get lost in there.


Kristin Miller said...

Great list of links, Abby! Thanks so much for sharing.

Kristin @ YA Highway

Kate Hart said...

Ooh, good call including Dropbox. I love it. Thanks for the Field Trip shout out, too!

The Blue Lipstick Samurai said...

One heavy duty list there, sista! Epic, indeed. :)

Michelle Schusterman said...

Ooh...Dropbox ftw. Great list, Abby!

Stephanie Perkins said...

Thank you for putting me on such a wonderful list. I'm honored (and flattered) to be in such fabulous company!!

Kaitlin Ward said...

Great links! And I wouldn't have thought to include dropbox, but that thing is like a savior!

Elana Johnson said...

Wow, I'm humbled to be included on a list like this. Thanks! :)

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