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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Who You Are and What You're About

When I finished my "first" book (meaning the first one I thought was saleable) in 2006, there weren't a whole lot of writing blogs out there. Or if there were, I certainly couldn't find them. Maybe it's just me but blogs by writers at every stage of the writing/publishing continuum seemed to have proliferated in the last five years. I think this is awesome. I have had so many questions over the years about everything from the writing craft to the publication process and now pretty much any question I have can be answered by perusing the blogs and websites of various writers and agents. Within this online community of writers--aspiring or published--I can find both inspiration and commiseration. I can learn all kinds of new things. I can find new and exciting books to read. I can make friends and score some awesome critique partners.

In fact, one year ago today I met Nancy Thompson on Nathan Bransford's forums. I was looking for critique partners and she approached me. Thus began a kick-ass critique partnership and an intense friendship that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Nancy and I have only "known" each other for a year but I cannot live without her! She is warm, brilliant, talented, intelligent and kind. She is like a missing puzzle piece to me. Also she is a fabulous writer and I love her book.

Back in 2006 pretty much the only blog that I visited was Nathan Bransford's because it was the most informative of the agent blogs I had seen at the time and also because he was and is extremely accessible. With the emergence of Facebook and Twitter there were ongoing discussions about writers using social media to build platforms including having their own websites--even if they were unagented and unpublished. I resisted creating my own website for a long time only because it seemed silly since I had neither an agent nor many publishing credits. But the idea was that if you were querying agents and they liked your query letter and wanted to know more about you, your website would be a great way to showcase yourself and any other relevant points you might want a prospective agent to know. So I broke down in 2009 and created my own website. You can visit it here. It has a little bit more than you would find on this blog.

The longer I had it, the more I liked the idea of having a site dedicated just to my writing life where a prospective agent or editor could go and get a sense of who I was, what I was about and what I was offering. I came over to blogger earlier this year, at Nancy's suggestion and have been publishing blog posts simultaneously on blogger and my website ever since. I get a lot more traffic here and get to interact with a lot more wonderful people on blogger than on my website. For me, whenever I check out a new blogger, the first thing I do is try to find out what kind of writer they are (i.e. do they write YA? Mysteries? Fantasy?) and then I look for information on their work. This can be anything from an icon indicating how far along they are in their WIP to a blurb about what they're working on to an excerpt or a pitch for what they've completed. Everyone is at a different stage. Some people are working on a first draft. Some people are polishing up a 3rd or 4th draft. Some people are working on their 2nd or their 7th book. Some people are just starting their first novel. Some people are just in the brainstorming or outlining stage. Some people write primarily short stories or poetry. Some people are gearing up to query. Some people are actively seeking representation. Some are on subs. Some are self-pubbing. Some are agented. Some are legacy published. In my experience, everyone of these writers has something to offer and I love learning about their work and hearing about where they are in their process.

Since I am a writer trying to connect with other writers, I want to know first and foremost who they are as a writer and what they are about. Most bloggers have this information nicely encapsulated in their About Me section. Some, like Nancy Thompson, have their pitch as well as their work or query posted. I think this is a great idea and here's a little personal story about how this helped me:

October 6, 2010 - I was watching the Phillies' Roy Halladay pitch a no-hitter in his first-ever post-season appearance. Three weeks prior to that, I had begun a new querying frenzy. I had just finished a brand spanking new draft of Finding Claire Fletcher and this time I felt it was finally agent-worthy. I was right. In those 3 weeks I had received 8 requests for fulls/partials from agents. After four and a half years I sensed I was finally close to landing an agent. I had been checking my email obsessively for those 3 weeks--about every 2 minutes. Literally. I had just figured out how to check my email from my phone which really sent my obsession over the edge. Seriously, I think family members were ready to throw my phone directly into the toilet. And my laptop. And maybe me too.

And then . . . That night, watching Halladay's no-hitter, I actually did NOT check my email for four hours straight. I was completely captivated and enthralled. My finding-an-agent obsession receded into the background. God that was an incredible game. Ah, the sweet relief of distraction!

Well what do you know . . .

When the game was over and I had had my fill of post-game commentary and highlights, I pulled out my laptop and checked my email and there was an email from Jeanie Pantelakis. Sensing another "your book is good but I'm going to pass" rejection, I didn't even get excited. I had to read that email about ten times to figure out that it was not a joke, that she was actually offering me a contract. I had already researched Jeanie and knew that if she offered me representation, I wanted to go with her so I wrote her back and asked her to send me the contract.

A few days later it was signed, scanned and emailed to her. Then I got an email from her which said, simply: "Send me Aberration too."

Aberration is my second novel. A novel I had never mentioned to Jeanie. I figured if things went well with Finding Claire Fletcher, I might bring it up to her later but I didn't have to do that. How did Jeanie know I had written another novel and that it was called Aberration? My website.

After some revisions, Jeanie offered me a contract for Aberration as well. I never even had to pitch it. It was there on my website. She went there, read the pitch and asked for it.

The lesson here--for me--is that if you're looking for representation it can really help to have a blog or a website that clearly showcases who you are and what you're about. Now that I'm on subs, I have a Work In Progress page. My hope is that if an editor reads one of my books and likes it, he or she can visit my website and see that I am actively working on something new. I would hope that shows that I'm productive. Regardless, the point is that a prospective agent, editor or reader should not have to work really hard to find this information whether they are visiting your blog or your website (or both.)

So in the interest of this platform-building campaign: who are you and what are you about? What do you write? What have you written? Where are you in the writing and/or publishing process?

Monday, August 29, 2011

And The Winner Is . . . and other good stuff

So the winner of our Hook for Your Book Contest for mystery/thriller writers is:

*drum roll*

Basil Sands

This was his brilliant pitch:

65 Below

At sixty-five below zero exposed human
flesh freezes solid within three minutes.Marcus Johnson
returned home to rural Alaska after the Marines longing to live his
life in peace and quiet, with no more war. Hidden in the
remote wilderness is a secret that was never meant to be
rediscovered.

Mr. Sands has some self-epubbed books available on Amazon. His stuff is quite good so you should check him out here!

Remember, there are upcoming Hook for Your Book Contests coming up in fantasy, romance and historical fiction. For details, see this post. The first contest is for fantasy novelists and it runs in October. Spread the word!

Finally, I am attempting to join this Platform Building Campaign run by Rachael Harrie in the hopes of meeting even more brilliant writers online.


You still have till August 31st to sign up so if you're interested, go here.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The 7 X 7 Link Award


Many thanks to Carrie Butler at So You're a Writer for this Award. It is pretty simple. This award deals in superlatives. So I will link you to 7 old blog posts (Most Beautiful, Most Helpful, Most Popular, Most Controversial, Most Surprisingly Successful, Most Underrated, Most Prideworthy).

I had a website long before I discovered blogger so I had re-posted some of my old website blog posts on blogger back when the lovely and brilliant Nancy Thompson was my single reader. I'm going to take this opportunity to link you back to a few of those old, mostly unread blog posts.

Then I will pass this award on to a few other bloggers and ask them to highlight some older but awesome posts!

Here goes:

1. Most Beautiful:

This is a tough one as many writers (myself included) have trouble viewing their own work as beautiful. I know I am always tinkering. But if I had to choose it would be A Word About Perspective. Or: How To Do Your Worst.

2. Most Helpful:

I would say the Hook for Your Book Contest since it gave writers an opportunity to land an agent. I will use this opportunity to plug the upcoming Hook for Your Book Contests for unagented Fantasy, Romance and Historical Romance novelists. Check it out, spread the word, polish your pitch and enter!

3. Most Popular:

Oddly enough, it was Sample (Starting with A Question) where I posted the first chapter of a book I started but haven't finished. I figured this was way too long and that people might not read it but it has the most pageviews.

4. Most Controversial:

No idea (everyone on blogger has been so agreeable!) but I'll pick two unread posts which talk about what I think are mildly controversial topics: How You Know When You're Ready and Readers and the Rule of Three.

5. Most Surprisingly Successful:

Since I posted this on my website, it is the single most-read blog post on my website although I'm not sure why: The Perfect Writing Space.

6. Most Underrated:

Sh*t My Inner Critic Says

7. Most Prideworthy:

This is my all-time favorite: A Word About Rejection

There you have it. I'd like to pass this along to the following bloggers:

Nancy Thompson

Laila Knight

Jeff King at Author's Union

L.J. Cohen Once In A Blue Muse

Tara at More Than Fiction

Libby Heily

L.G. Smith at Bards & Prophets

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Contest Dates

As you know the Hook for Your Book Contest for Mystery/Thriller Writers just ended. We will announce the winner on August 29th.

As you also know, my agent, Jeanie has graciously agreed to run 3 more genre-specific contests in fantasy, romance and historical fiction. Because of Jeanie's busy schedule, we are going to stagger the contests and hold one every two months. So the dates are as follows:

Hook for Your Book for Fantasy will run from October 10th through October 17th, 2011
Hook for Your Book for Romance will run from December 12th through December 19th, 2011
Hook for Your Book for Historical Fiction will run from February 13th through February 20th, 2012.

I realize that some of these dates are pretty far off but these are great opportunities for writers searching for an agent in these genres. If you or someone you know has manuscripts in these genres and is looking for an agent, polish it up and work on your pitch. Please spread the word about these contests.

The rules and such will be the same. Each contest will be judged by my agent, Jeanie Pantelakis of Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency.



To Enter:

You must be a follower of this blog and provide a link to either a tweet or a blog post spreading the word about this contest.

You must have a completed novel. Your novel MUST be finished to enter this contest.

Write a 50 word paragraph that is the hook for your book. Basically pitch your book in fifty words.

Post your 50 word pitch in the comments section of my blog with a TITLE and your contact info before the closing date of the contest.

The example I used for the mystery/thriller contest was as follows:

Finding Claire Fletcher

Detective Connor Parks, newly divorced, with his career in jeopardy, spends the night with a woman he meets at a bar. The next morning Claire Fletcher is gone; leaving behind a hint of a decade-old mystery. Abducted when she was 15 years old, no one has heard from her…until now. Will he find Claire Fletcher?

Lisa L. Regan
Email: duchessmalfi@hotmail.com


Jeanie will choose three finalists from each contest. The finalists will send her a synopsis of their book as well as their full manuscript. From those three finalists, Jeanie will choose one manuscript and that manuscript will get a full read and a possible contract with Sullivan Maxx.

I will post periodic reminders as we get closer to the contests! Thanks for your support, everyone!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Last Call (and more contests!)

Tomorrow, August 22nd is the last call for the Hook for Your Book Contest for unagented mystery/thriller writers. As of midnight on 8/22 I will be closing the contest and sending all entry--I mean entries--to Jeanie for her consideration. The rules are posted below if you're still interested or know anyone who is interested.

Additionally, since we got so few entry--I mean entries--for this contest, Jeanie has graciously agreed to run 3 more genre-specific contests. So we'll be running the following:

Hook for Your Book for Fantasy
Hook for Your Book for Romance
Hook for Your Book for Historical Fiction

Fun stuff! As soon as I have the dates that each contest will run, I will post them. Everything will be exactly the same as the current contest--except for genre. Again, these are great opportunities for writers searching for an agent in these genres. So if you have a manuscript in one of the above-named genres (fantasy, romance, historical fiction), polish it up and work on your pitch. Also, if you know anyone who writes in these genres and is looking for an agent, please let them know. Each contest will run for one week--in other words, I'll post when it starts and leave that post up for one week so that people can enter in the comment sections.

The current contest which closes 8/22 is as follows:Hook for Your Book contest judged by my agent, Jeanie Pantelakis of Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency.



So here are the particulars:

To Enter:

You must be a follower of this blog and provide a link to either a tweet or a blog post spreading the word about this contest.

You must have a completed novel. Your novel MUST be finished to enter this contest.

Write a 50 word paragraph that is the hook for your book. Basically pitch your book in fifty words.

Post your 50 word pitch in the comments section of my blog with a TITLE and your contact info before August 22nd.

This is only open to mysteries and thrillers.

If I were going to enter, mine would look like this:

Finding Claire Fletcher

Detective Connor Parks, newly divorced, with his career in jeopardy, spends the night with a woman he meets at a bar. The next morning Claire Fletcher is gone; leaving behind a hint of a decade-old mystery. Abducted when she was 15 years old, no one has heard from her…until now. Will he find Claire Fletcher?

Lisa L. Regan
Email: duchessmalfi@hotmail.com


Jeanie will choose three finalists. They will be announced on both mine and Melodie Wright's blog on August 29, 2011.

The finalists will send her a synopsis of their book as well as their full manuscript. From those three finalists, Jeanie will choose one manuscript and that manuscript will get a full read and a possible contract with Sullivan Maxx.

If you've already posted an entry, not to worry, I have it. If you posted your entry on the blog at my website, I have that too! I will make sure that Jeanie gets all entries.

Also, as you know, I was interviewed by Melodie Wright of Forever Rewrighting for her How I Snagged My Agent feature. If you're interested, the first part of that interview is here: Check it out here. The second part, including my query letter, is here.

And yes, it did take me 4 and a half years to get an agent. What can I say? Regans are stubborn.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Hook for Your Book Contest! (And an Interview)

As some of you know, I was interviewed by Melodie Wright of Forever Rewrighting for her How I Snagged My Agent feature. The first part of that interview is up on her blog today. Check it out here. The second part (including my query letter) will be up tomorrow.

Together with the interview, we are having a Hook for Your Book contest which will be judged by my agent, Jeanie Pantelakis of Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency.



So here are the particulars:

To Enter:

You must be a follower of this blog and provide a link to either a tweet or a blog post spreading the word about this contest.

You must have a completed novel. Your novel MUST be finished to enter this contest.

Write a 50 word paragraph that is the hook for your book. Basically pitch your book in fifty words.

Post your 50 word pitch in the comments section of my blog with a TITLE and your contact info before August 22nd.

This is only open to mysteries and thrillers.

If I were going to enter, mine would look like this:

Finding Claire Fletcher

Detective Connor Parks, newly divorced, with his career in jeopardy, spends the night with a woman he meets at a bar. The next morning Claire Fletcher is gone; leaving behind a hint of a decade-old mystery. Abducted when she was 15 years old, no one has heard from her…until now. Will he find Claire Fletcher?

Lisa L. Regan
Email: duchessmalfi@hotmail.com


Jeanie will choose three finalists. They will be announced on both mine and Melodie’s blog on August 29, 2011.

The finalists will send her a synopsis of their book as well as their full manuscript. From those three finalists, Jeanie will choose one manuscript and that manuscript will get a full read and a possible contract with Sullivan Maxx.

Please spread the word. This is a great opportunity for writers looking for an agent. You’ve got till August 22nd. If you have any questions please post in the comments or email me directly.

If you've already posted an entry, not to worry, I have it. If you posted your entry on the blog at my website, I have that too! I will make sure that Jeanie gets all entries.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hook for Your Book Contest and an Interview

I was approached last week by former journalist and fellow blogger, Melodie Wright over at Forever Rewrighting to give an interview for her How I Snagged My Agent feature. I was quite flattered, I must say. I readily agreed because I think her feature is a great idea. You should check out the last interview with YA author, Becky Wallace. Her blog has a lot of great stuff on it so check it out!

Together with the interview, we are going to be having a Hook for Your Book contest which will be judged by my agent, Jeanie Pantelakis of Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency.



So here are the particulars:

To Enter:

You must be a follower of this blog and provide a link to either a tweet or a blog post spreading the word about this contest.

You must have a completed novel. Your novel MUST be finished to enter this contest.

Write a 50 word paragraph that is the hook for your book. Basically pitch your book in fifty words.

Post your 50 word pitch in the comments section of my blog with a TITLE and your contact info before August 22nd.

This is only open to mysteries and thrillers.

If I were going to enter, mine would look like this:

Finding Claire Fletcher

Detective Connor Parks, newly divorced, with his career in jeopardy, spends the night with a woman he meets at a bar. The next morning Claire Fletcher is gone; leaving behind a hint of a decade-old mystery. Abducted when she was 15 years old, no one has heard from her…until now. Will he find Claire Fletcher?

Lisa L. Regan
Email: duchessmalfi@hotmail.com


Jeanie will choose three finalists. They will be announced on both mine and Melodie’s blog on August 29, 2011.

The finalists will send her a synopsis of their book as well as their full manuscript. From those three finalists, Jeanie will choose one manuscript and that manuscript will get a full read and a possible contract with Sullivan Maxx.

Please spread the word. This is a great opportunity for writers looking for an agent. You’ve got till August 22nd. If you have any questions please post in the comments or email me directly.

Oh and my interview will be up on Melodie’s blog on August 12, 2011.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Panty Meme (What?)

So apparently I’ve been “panty tagged” by the lovely and intriguing Laila Knight over at Untroubled Kingdom of Laila Knight. It’s something to do with Meme week or Panty Memes.

According to dictionary.com, Meme is a “cultural item that is transmitted by repetition . . . “ I’d never heard the word before this but there you have it. So the gauntlet has been thrown down. Laila wants to know my thoughts on panties. So I’ll answer the questions below and then pass this dubious honor along to a couple of other bloggers.

Here goes:

1. What do you call your panties / underwear / undergarments? Do you have any commonly used nicknames for them?

I’ve had nicknames for some stuff but never panties. I call them underpants.

2. Have you ever had that supposedly common dream of being in a crowded place in only your underwear?

Nope. I’m always naked!

3. What is the worst thing you can think of to make panties out of?

Tissue paper, no way that stuff is staying on.

4. If you were a pair of panties, what color would you be, and WHY?

Black because it’s slimming and sexy but not as tawdry as red. It’s classic.

5. Have you ever thrown your panties/underwear at a rock star or other celebrity? If so, which one(s)? If not, which one(s) WOULD you throw your panties/underwear at, given the opportunity?

You know I’ve always wondered how this is actually done. I mean the logistics of it. You’re there at a concert, you feel an uncontrollable desire to take your panties off and throw them at a person . . . isn’t it awkward to have to take your shoes off, then take your pants all the way off, then your undies, then put your pants back on, then your shoes . . . seems to me the heat in the heat of that moment would dissipate pretty quickly. I suppose wearing a skirt would solve this problem but still, I don’t understand why people would do this. I guess it’s an extreme way of saying, “Hi, I lust after you. A lot.” I would never do this but if I had to pick a celebrity it would most definitely be Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac fame.

6. You’re out of clean panties. What do you do?

Please. I never run out of panties. I have an extra stash of panties to be used only if I’ve run out of panties. Between being stranded in places and working as a Certified Nurse Assistant I learned to always keep a change of clothes in my car at all times, including an extra pair of clean underpants. So even if my in-case-I-missed-laundry-day stash of underpants is gone, I’ve still got the pair in my car.

7. Are you old enough to remember Underoos? If so, did you have any? Which ones?

Apparently not, I have no idea what they are.

8. If you could have any message printed on your panties, what would it be?

Alpha Female.


9. How many bloggers does it take to put panties on a goat?

Wow. I’m really not sure. I wish I had a witty answer to this one but I do not. Have you ever met a goat? They are all about asserting their dominance and they eat anything. I’m gonna say you’d need at least 5 or 6 bloggers to get panties on a goat.

And now to pass this along to fellow bloggers. I've chosen two awesome, witty and extremely interesting ladies to pass this along to:

Libby Heily because I’d be interested in hearing her thoughts on panties.

Carrie Butler at So, You’re a Writer cause I’d love to hear her thoughts as well.

Have fun!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Prompt

I published this on my website in December 2010 (www.lisalregan.com) but thought it would be fun to repost it on my blogger blog. So here goes:

Over the years I’ve had periods where I’d stall during a project or between projects. There were times when it was difficult for me to push through and just write. I don’t really have as much difficulty pushing through now but for a long time I did and during those periods I still wanted to be writing. I have always believed the surest way to become a better writer is to keep writing. But if you’re stalled in your project, what do you write? I dug up tons of writing exercises but none of them really helped me. Then I found one that was perfect for me because I write novels which involve characters in various situations—which can be broken down into scenes. I honestly can’t remember where I first found this prompt so I am NOT taking credit for it. (In fact if anyone knows where this came from, email me and I will gladly give that person credit on this blog.) I’ve found variations of it over the years in various places. As I’m going to give it to you here, it’s not exactly as I found it. Below are my own lists but the structure is basically the same.

We’ll do three lists, numbered from one to five.

List #1 is WHO.

1. A doctor

2. A prostitute

3. A priest

4. A murderer

5. A celebrity

List #2 is WHERE

1. A playground

2. An emergency room

3. A police station

4. At the scene of an accident

5. A funeral

List #3 is WHAT

1. Has just been mistaken for someone else

2. Has just been fired

3. Just got into a fight

4. Just received very bad news

5. Just made a major purchase

Okay so now you do NOT look at the lists and you pick a number from 1 to 5 three times. So I’ll pick: 4, 2 and 3. Note I did not say pick three numbers from 1 to 5 because you CAN repeat numbers. You could pick all ones or all threes, etc. Basically you want to pick one number from each list but you don’t want to know what the number represents. Let that be a surprise. You can pick the numbers from a hat if you want. But once you have your numbers—4, 2 and 3 in this example—go back to your lists.

The first number corresponds to the first list (WHO). Number 4 on my list is a murderer. (Oh good, right up my alley. There are one or two of them in my books already). The next number corresponds to the second list (WHERE). Number 2 on my list is an emergency room. The third number corresponds to the third list (WHAT). Number 3 on my list is: just got into a fight.

So there you have it: a murderer just got into a fight in an emergency room. From there you write the scene. It doesn’t have to be long. But you’re writing scenes just like you would in the novel you’re supposed to be writing!

Off the top of my head (unedited) here is the scene:

Hands pulled Jim back, away from the man writhing beneath him. The police officer who had been stationed outside the emergency room slammed Jim to the ground and cuffed his hands tightly behind his back. The man Jim had attacked lay among the overturned chairs in the waiting room. The other patients had scattered to the corners of the room, giving Jim and the other man a wide berth as their argument reached a crescendo. The man had been upset because he had waited three hours to be seen. He was berating the nurses when Jim intervened and told him to sit down and shut up—only maybe Jim didn’t say it that nicely. The man had turned his tirade on Jim, screaming at Jim, coffee-scented spittle flying at Jim’s face until Jim could take it no longer. Anger erupted from somewhere deep in Jim’s bowels. Howling and shrieking, it knocked the man to the ground. Jim punched and punched until blood trickled from the man’s mouth. The man continued to scream at Jim, his rage turning to fear. For a split second, Jim had a vision of his mother’s face the day he had strangled her. It was that flash that froze Jim long enough for security to pull him away from the crazy man.

Okay so there it is. I could have gone on with this—I had more in my head as I went along but I’ll stop there since I’m only doing this to demonstrate the exercise. As you can see, in this short passage I’ve established that Jim—the first name that came to mind—is in an emergency room, he’s just gotten into a fight and by the end you find out that he’s a murderer. There you have it.

Let’s try again. I’ll pick 3, 1 and 1. A priest (3) at a playground (1) has just been mistaken for someone else (1). And again. I’ll pick 2, 5, 4. A prostitute (2) at a funeral (5) just received very bad news (4). You get the idea. You can make your own lists. I used to number mine from 1 through 15.

It gets the juices flowing, it’s just for fun and who knows, there might be a good story idea in there somewhere.

I invite you to do your own and post it in the comments section!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I'm a Lucky Girl!

So I was quite ill yesterday and then I got a message from Bryce Daniels letting me know he had given me the Liebster Blog Award. Woo hoo! That made me feel better. Then today, as I was recovering and preparing to do this post, my brilliant friend, Nancy Thompson told me she had given me the award on her blog as well! So I feel very fortunate and grateful to both Bryce and Nancy for this honor. Thanks, guys!


The goal of the award is to spotlight up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers.

The rules of the award are:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have bloggity-blog fun!

So here are the bloggers I'd like to pass this along to:

(I just want to say at the outset here that it was difficult for me to tell on some of these sites what the number of followers were so forgive me if you've already got 6,000 followers!)

1. Libby Heily - she's a writer, amongst other very interesting things, and she has a new free ebook available!

2. Carrie Butler at So, You're a Writer - lots of great informative and inspirational stuff on her blog.

3. TaraNator at More Than Fiction - - Tara is funny and her posts are fantastic. She shares the angst all of us feel at various stages in the writing process.

4. T.B. McKenzie at Magickless - he is in the process of having his first book published and I find this blog very fascinating!

5. Suzan Stirling at Red Ribbon Diaries - a writer whose first novel comes out in 2012; she's also represented by my agent and her memoir is in the works. She is also an HIV/AIDS activist. Her story and her blog are very interesting.

I hope you'll all find some new and interesting blogs!