January 5th, 2011

Congrats and writers resources

First, I want to say a huge congratulations to Rob Thurman, Shannon Aviles and the fine folks at More than Publicity, who've just won a Pixie Award for Outstanding Creativity in Motion Graphics, Effects and Animation for the music video "Paint it Red" for her Trickster series of novels.  Rob has also just launched a fabulous new website.  You can check out the video below and the website by clicking here.

On to business....
So many things going on in the industry right now - Borders trouble, e-books and other issues - that it's really vitally important to keep track, so I'm offering up links to some of the sites that will put you in the know.

Mediabistro - So many good blogs here to keep you up-to-date on the industry that it's a very good idea to subscribe to their newsfeed.  Depending on what area of the industry you're in, some of their blogs will be more relevant to you than others.  For my part, I find myself tuning in to GalleyCat almost religiously.

Shelf Awareness - Their tagline "Daily enlightenment for the book trade" really says it all.

Publishers Marketplace/Publishers Lunch - I've been a paying member for so long that I'm not sure how much information you can get for free, but this is a very valuable resource for industry news and word about who's selling what to whom.

There are a number of other wonderful resources out there.  If you write within a genre and join an organization like the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), the Romance Writers of America (RWA), the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), the Horror Writers of America (HWA) or The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), you'll have access, depending on your level of membership, to directories, website resources, newsletters or magazines.  Often, these organizations will also vet agents and publishers to let you know who's reputable and who's not.

Trade magazines like Publishers Weekly, Locus, Romantic Times and others also provide a lot of useful information.

In addition, there are numerous group blogs out there that talk about the writers' life, craft, business and other issues, like the Magical Words blog that I contribute to once a month.  Some of the other contributors: David B. Coe, A.J. Hartley, Faith Hunter, Stuart Jaffe, Misty Massey and C.E. Murphy have just come out with their first compendium, HOW TO WRITE MAGICAL WORDS.