Here’s part two of my curated list of interesting links from my RSS feeds of bloggers who write about writing. To see the previous links go to part one.
I think some of these blogs might even be interesting for social media types, so I’ve put *** next to each of these to make them easy to find. Add you own links in the comments…
*** 1. How Long Does It Take to Get Blog Readers? by Nina Amir
“The following advice is excerpted from How to Blog a Book by Nina Amir, recently released from Writer’s Digest Books. Aside from describing in detail how to launch and maintain a blog to ultimately land a book deal, Amir’s book offers a range of valuable interviews with successful bloggers who succeeded in doing just that. Here are their insights into how long it took them to get readers, and what seemed to be a turning point in the life of their blog.”
2. How One Introverted Author Successfully Markets His Work by Jane Friedman
“The following Q&A is with author Bob Tarte. Bob lives in Michigan with parrots, ducks, geese, parakeets, rabbits, doves, cats, hens, and one turkey. I met Bob at a Florida writers conference, where he was speaking about the success of his pet podcast. He has published three books with Algonquin; the latest, Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home, released this spring.”
“Glimmer Train literary magazine is harder to get into than Harvard. In 2011, Harvard accepted 6.2 percent of applicants. Literary magazines like Glimmer Train often have acceptance rates of under one percent.
So when I asked Linda Swanson-Davies, who founded the journal with her sister in 1990, to chat with me about Glimmer Train and how to get published in literary magazines, I honestly wasn’t expecting her to say yes.”
Top piece of advice: “If your goal is to publish a book, having first published fiction in literary magazines gives publishers more confidence in the merit and marketability of an author’s work.”
4. Why Sharing Your Work, Setbacks & Struggles Breaks Creative Blocks by David Burkus
“We all get stuck. You find yourself sitting at your desk, frustrated by the fact that every solution you generate just doesn’t seem right or seems too similar to the failed solution before it. Later that evening, while trying your best to describe the complexity of the challenge to your friend, the solution presents itself to both of you. Why does this happen? What is it about the act of sharing your frustrations that yields the necessary insight?”
5. The Declaration Every Great Writer Makes by Jeff Goins
“The journey of every writer begins with a declaration. If you have written, then you are already a writer. Now you just need to keep writing. To overcome the demons of insecurity and create.
The world is waiting for you to do this; it is in desperate need of your gift. So what are you waiting for? Start sharing it.”