In my early days – and even now – I found it took a lot of leg work to figure out who to contact for services I needed to publish my book. I found it incredibly helpful when authors I followed hosted a resources page that held links to editors, cover artists, web designers, etc. In the spirit of paying-it-forward, here is a resource page of my own. [Note: I do all my own graphics stunts. Web design and cover art are done in-house]
Kristin Thiel: kristin[at]kristinthiel[dot]com
Book Bloggers to Read and Review Your (Finished) Works
While there are hundreds of bloggers out there this is my heavily curated list.
Books I Still Reference
Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird – you know that phrase, “shitty first draft” that is often used in reference to your initial draft (the one where you’re just getting words onto paper)? This is the woman who made it famous with this book, see page 21.
Stephen King’s On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft – After much foot dragging I eventually got around to reading this book. It wasn’t something I read in college, as a matter of fact I read it within this last year. My bias was that I didn’t want to read about how another writer (a hella rich and famous one to boot) writes. I do it my way and he can keep his arrogant interpretation to himself. Welp, I’m glad I was wrong. The book was more like a sermon where I felt I was shouting, “Amen!” every few pages. It’s encouragement and solidification of values you already know that have been put into an entertaining and welcoming construct. On a high, post-reading it, I pick up one of his detective novels and about two chapters in I had to put it down remembering that he writes incredibly well and has a passion is for scaring the pants off people. I’ll stick to this book as my favorite of his.
Writing Fiction, A Guide to Narrative Craft
[Fifth Edition] by Janet Burroway – this is my college text and one I reference when I get stuck on the technical details at editing time. I mostly grab it as a reminder on how to slow scenes down without adding unnecessary bulky text the reader stumbles over.