2012 Link Fiesta!!

Ah, the start of a new year. A blank page, and the perfect time to share a smorgasbord of links about writing tips and opportunities.

Bransforumers Fest
Join fellow Bransforumers for a week-long “writing vacation” in Las Vegas in March. We’re in the middle of scheduling several workshops and casual get-togethers to talk writing and books. And—this just in—Nathan’s coming!

Find a Crit GroupAll Writers
Okay, in the interests of full disclosure, this is my crit group. But they really are the best, and no matter where you are in the country or the world, you can get access to their great support and advice through online classes. Whether you want to do poetry, focus on writing prompts or do an intensive edit on your novel, All Writers is a great resource. Or find a group in your area!

Query Shark
Is querying on your “to do” list in 2012? Check out the line-by-line query advice from agent extraordinaire Janet Reid. You’ll find examples of queries from every genre and lots of invaluable insights on what to fix.

Janice Hardy’s Real Life Diagnostics
I’m a big fan of Janice Hardy’s blog, The Other Side of the Story, and she’s recently revived her “Real Life Diagnostics” column. It’s a fantastic opportunity to submit a short section of your writing for critique. You can ask her a handful of specific questions about the writing. Does it pull you in? Are the characters believable? Janice gives you a line-by-line edit and her overall answers.

Happy writing in 2012!


  1. Thanks so much for sharing these handy links... I'll be sure to check out Janice Hardy's blog!
    Have a peaceful & prosperous New Year Nicole!

  2. Thanks for the links! I love Query Shark, she's great. I am definitely going to check out the critique group. I've been looking for one in my area and had no luck.

  3. MISH - Janice has so many amazing tips. I think you'll really love her insights!

    Rachel - Query Shark is, indeed, awesome. :) Good luck with the crit group search. I've found it to be incredibly helpful in my own writing.

  4. Thanks for posting the links - I also think query shark is awesome!