Here are some useful links for my fellow writers, in alphabetical order ’cause that’s how I roll.
This is a book blog looking at young and new adult fiction through Australian eyes. It launched on Australia Day 2013. I am one of the eight contributors. Don’t let that deter you though!
Rachel Thompson is an author and social media consultant. Her posts generally focus on social media self-promotion; for example, I’ve learned quite a bit from her about what to do and, more importantly, what not to do on Twitter.
Mister Wendig is an author with a prolific and successful blog. He’s a fan of motivational rants and the f-bomb; if you can hack a little swearing he often dispenses very good writing advice. He also holds flash-fiction challenges if you like that assigned subject style. All while bringing the funny!
Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, posts regularly with tips about language use. These posts are invaluable for improving your basic writing toolkit. My especial favourite is the one on hyphens. Yes, I am just that sad! Note: She is American, but I find the tips are almost always useful even though I don’t write in American English. She will also often mention the British variants.
Jay’s an Aussie writer whose debut book, Stormdancer, came out in 2012. I’m a bit of a fan. His blogging style is similar to Chuck’s in that he’s not afraid of the occasional naughty word, and in that he makes me snort drink out my nose when I laugh. Plus, his book? Awesomesauce.
Miss Snark is an agent who blogged from 2004 to 2007. The blog is dark now but I’d wager it still gets more hits than a LOT of other writing blogs. And there’s a good reason why. The insights she gives into the world of agenting and publishing are invaluable if you are looking at doing more than writing as a hobby. Read it (or something like it) before you query anyone. It might save you some tears.
This is my go-to page for appropriate word counts for various genres.