Wednesday, 26 December 2012

The Top Ten Writer Advice Blogs of 2012!

Today, as part of a week-long blog hop, I'm bringing you my top ten writing blogs of the year. Yes I realize today's open category probably should have more to do with actual book blogs so I'm staying out of the linky list, but you can still join in at the bottom of this post. Plus I've listed some nifty blogs I've found super useful - and I hope you do too!

There's loads of advice here I haven't even had time to look through, but one of my most useful writing discoveries was her synopsis lecture series. And it's available for download, so you can stash it in one of millions of writer advice folders on your battered old USB drive. :)

Among other awesome advice, their monthly critique workshop gives you access to feedback from professionals and your peers, and two chances to post revisions to help you improve even further. It's extremely useful, especially since you get to post a whole five pages.

A go-to site for all your grammar queries.

A blog by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary, featuring a weekly query round-up to show you exactly what lands in an agent's inbox, what got requests, and what was a big no-no. Plus archives of first page critiques from an agent's perspective.

A wealth of publishing advice which will have you laughing while you learn, and a great self-publishing success story to keep you inspired. Plus, her books are awesome.

Just look at it. Pure awesome. And their free email marketing course is unreal.

Where Literary agent Janet Reid rips queries to shreds for the good of writers everywhere. She even lets the authors submit revisions, often until they've created a successful query for us all to see.

A treasure trove of past critique sessions featuring hundreds of writers and everything from one sentence pitches to first pages. Plus, the Baker's Dozen contest has to be one of the best opportunities around...

A wealth of information, on a huge range of topics, from a published author. What more could you want?

And last but not least, speaking of awesome opportunities to hook up with an agent, Brenda Drake keeps her contests coming so quickly you won't have time to stop. :)

So that's my top ten writing blogs of the year - now what are yours? Leave me a comment, and remember to check out the blog-hop linky-list and sign up for the other top ten's coming up this week. Here are the hosting blogs:

Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic, Jamie from Two Chicks on Books, Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and Rachel from [Fikt]shun.

Have fun!


  1. I only follow a couple of these, but I'll be sure to check the other ones out. Thanks for the great recommendations and hope you have an awesome holiday season!

    1. Awww thanks, you too! Hope you find the blogs as useful as I did and you get a chance to join the blog hop too - yesterday's was book covers and I had a blast. :)

  2. I'd add Writer Unboxed and Literary Rambles to that excellent list.

  3. Thanks so much for including us! :) Love the list. These are all some of my favorite blogs, too. And I love that you included Grammar Girl!

    Happy holidays and a wonderful New Year,


    1. It's a pleasure Martina, you guys helped me immeasurably. Happy holidays to you too. :)