By Maria Ferrer
This month, I am looking at sites by Author Groups. These are groups of authors who have joined together to blog. One started as a critique group, another is chapter, a couple of others revolve around a specific genre, but all are informative and worth visiting.
TIP: When you look at these blogs and websites, don’t just look at them for the information value. Look at them as promotional opportunities. You can Guest Blog at many of these sites. Check to see which one is best for you.
DIRECTORY OF BLOGS & WEBSITES FOR WRITERS
RWANYC Blogging in the Big Apple
“In the Heart of the Romance Industry”
A blog by the members of the Romance Writers of America New York City Chapter (aka RWANYC). Member bloggers have included President Karen Cino, Thea Devine, Cathy Greenfeder, Jeanine McAdam, Dee Davis, Polly Guerin, Wendy Corsi Staub, Isabo Kelly and Mary Miller-Lamb. Blog posts appear every Monday, Wednesday and Friday by published and unpublished members. Posts include Blog & Websites for Writers; Bits & Pieces (a twist on author profiles); Fashion History Friday; How-to Write articles; and Dreaded Author Questions. You can follow RWANYC on Facebook and Twitter, as well.
The Craftie Ladies of Suspense
“Christian Romance Authors of Fictionalized Tales of Intriguing Edginess”
This blog belongs to 15 Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense authors, including Pamela Tracy, Terri Reed, Cara Putnam, Debby Giusti, Roxanne Rustand, Margaret Daley, Lynette Eason, Linda Hall, Lenora Worth, Barbara Phinney, LeAnn Harris, Ramona Richards, Carol Steward, Dana Mentink, and Lisa Mondello. They welcome other Love Inspired Suspense authors. For February, these Craftie Ladies did a 14-day serial novel entitled, KILLER CHOCOLATE, A Valentine’s Mystery. These Ladies also have a sister blog for the Steeple Hill romance writers: The Craftie Ladies of Romance.
The Craftie Ladies of Romance
“Christian Romance Authors of Faith-based Tales of Inspiring Everafters”
All these Ladies are authors from the Steeple Hill Love Inspired line, like Lisa Mondello, Kim Watters, Allie Plieter and Roxanne Rustand. The site promotes the books, the ladies, and the craft.
The Goddess Blog
Fun blog by 10 romance authors, including Rachel Gibson, Claudia Dain, Julia London, Karen Hawkins Lori Handeland, Karen Rose, Sabrina Jeffries, Suzanne Enoch, Nicole Jordan and Madeline Hunter. The site features posts on writing and new books. They allow for “guest goddess bloggers.” And they have cute quirky polls. For example, what would your goddess do for chocolate? Answer: 30% of the goddesses would walk through fire, if the chocolate didn’t melt, of course. They are on Facebook and Twitter.
A History of Romance
“Passion, Adventure, Romance…and Blogs”
This is the blog of Brenda Dyer, April Dawn, Sheila Stewart, Michael Matthes Bingamon, Abbey MacInnis, Tabitha Blake, G. Jillian Stone, Karenna Colcroft, Ruth Seitelman, Dominique Eastwick and Ava Delany. They blog about writing historicals, research, etc. They feature a “Monday Madness” with guest bloggers. They have reviewers available, and offer advertising opportunities via banners and author spotlights.
Hoydens and Firebrands
“Roaring Ladies Who Write About the Seventeenth Century”
A great informative historical resource. It’s the blog of authors Alison Stuart, Anita Davison, Kim Murphy, Mary Sharratt and Sandra Gulland. They have a “Blogroll” of other great historical blogs, and feature historical portraits. They have posts on different battles, archeology, funeral practices, castles, swords, and my favorite, bathing.
“Shhh, I’m Writing Romance”
This group of historical romance authors came together initially as a critique group, and launched their blog in January 2010. The Ladies include Jerrica Knight-Catania, Amy De Tempe, Lydia Dare, Heather Boyd, Gail, Julie Johnstone, Melissa Dawn Harte and Samantha Grace. Their posts focus on writing historical romances, including Regencies. One of their best features is Crit Friday. Once a month, they post a topic (i.e., first kiss, first meeting, first paragraph, etc.) and invite their readers to post their work for the Ladies to critique. They promise to be "gentle and constructive." This online critique is a great resource tool. Follow the Ladies on Facebook and Twitter.
The Lipstick Chronicles
“Just keep reading and nobody gets hurt”
A blog by mystery writers Nancy Martin, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Elaine Vlets, Sarah Strohmeyer, Kathy Sweeney, Harley Jane Kozak and Margie Mancini. The site has lots of great tips for mystery writers, and a long list of other mystery blogs. You can follow them on Twitter.
Petticoats and Pistols
“Romancing the West”
The “fillies” include Pat Potter, Linda Broday, Winnie Griggs, Tanya Hanson, Karen Kay, Margaret Brownley, Victoria Bylin, Stacey Kayne, Pam Crooks, Tracy Garrett, Cheryl St. John, Elizabeth Lane and Mary Connealy. They have lots of historical posts; most recent ones have included the Johnstown flood, Indian dress, the McGuffey Reader and mail-order brides. Note: they have a guest author every weekend so stop by and check them out. And, you can follow them on Twitter.
This is the website of Carly Phillips, Leslie Kelly, Janelle Denison and Julie Leto. They are “friends, plotting partners, friends, mothers, friends ... well you get the gist.” The ladies post daily about anything and everything. They have a Saturday Craft Series with guest author-bloggers.
Pop Culture Divas
“Writers dishing about books, TV, movies, music and more…”
This group began with another blog called missmakeamovie, but moved to Pop Culture Divas in 2009. The Divas are numerous, including Leanna Renee Hieber, Laurie Sanchez, CJ Lyons, Cate Masters and Kayla Perrin. And these ladies do blog about their writing, pirates, movies and Fabio. Remember him?
These “Bandits” write all kinds of romance – historical, contemporary, suspense, category. They have a long list of contributors, including authors Suzanne Welsh, Loucinda McGary, Trish Milburn, Cassandra Murray and Joan Kayse. They post about creativity, heroes, book covers, booty, etc. They also feature guest bloggers.
“The Seekers. Escape from Unpubbed Island…writing, contests, publication and everything in between.”
This is the blog of 15 unpublished and newly published Christian writers, including Camy Tang, Audra Harders, Janet Dean and Missy Tippens. They offer “support, encouragement and information for the writing journey.” They have daily posts and a weekend edition. They have lots of great writing info, and they are on Twitter.
“Enter our world…See the Difference”
Fantasy authors have united to form this blog. They include Tara Nina, Titania Ladley, Arianna Hart, Diana Hunter, Lynn LaFleur, Cait Miller, Nikki Soarde, Trelle St. Clare, Ruby Storm and Cynthia Williams. These authors have been blogging about fantasy since 2007.
The Whine Sisters
“Rise and Whine”
Founded in 2004 by seven “whiny writers” – their tag line, not mine. They include Dee Davis, Jacquie D’Alessandro, Julia London, Kathleen O’Reilly, the late Kathleen Givens, Sherri Browning Erwin and Julie Kenner. They talk about writing, life, the Oscars, et al. Some of their features include a Writer’s Corner, Fashion Friday and Question of the Week. You can follow them on Twitter.
Women of Mystery
These ladies “share the trek, travail and tangles of writing and publishing, along with the magic of language and story.” They are Laura k. Curtis, Nan Higginson, Clare2e, Terrie Farley Moran, Elaine Will Sparber, Cathi Stoler, Gail Stockton, Kathleen A. Ryan and Lois Karlin. They offer lists of resources like medline and the graveyard shift; plus, links to Writers Beware and various writing organizations. And, they feature a Two-Sentence Tuesday, where anyone can post two sentences they’ve read and two sentences they’ve written for commentary. ♥
Maria Ferrer has been published in short fiction, but that was years ago. She hopes to add to her writing credits in the New Year. Keep your fingers crossed for her. As always, please leave a comment and let her know of any other blogs and websites for writers that you think belong in this directory.