It’s been ages since I’ve updated the blog and I have to say, I miss it. I miss writing and posting my reviews and doing things that are writing related. And being on this albeit unplanned hiatus from the site has gotten me thinking. I’d like to keep sharing information with you all about my writing process, what I’m working on, and where I’m headed. I want to keep being a source of information on the industry as a whole. And what I really want to do is help you and your writing get stronger.
I’m not talking about literally lifting weights together and becoming gym buddies, but something a little similar here.
See, I started blogging back in 2008. Yes. It’s been nearly 9 years of my sporadic shouting into the void of the internet. I’m glad you stuck around. I started blogging when I was a member of inkpop.com — a critique site run by Harpercollins for developing writers and aspiring authors of YA fiction. I loved it because it was the first community space where I finally felt included. I was meeting writers who were on my level and some who were way past me and on their own adventures through the query trenches. I learned to hone my spelling and grammar from fabulous critique partners and really got to know the composition of a story from both a reader’s and writer’s perspective as I worked through my atrocious first drafts of manuscripts that probably won’t see the light of day again.
I’ve been deeply missing that community space. And I know as a writer it’s hard to find others working on similar projects, or interested in reading your work with a critical eye. One of my goals in the next few years is to create a community space similar to inkpop–focused on criticism and development of craft, with its own perks of course.
I’m realizing in order to build that community space, I need to look at the platforms I already have (this one), and really think about how they’re being used and what I’m putting out into the universe content-wise.
Which is why I’ve decided to rebrand and restructure the blog. All of the posts from my slushpile series will still be available, as will all my reviews. But just think of it as a facelift. I’m excited to add some fresh content with freebies along the way. You’ll get to see how I structure my most recent manuscripts in Scrivener (my god this thing is a writer’s dream, and so worth the one-time $40s). You’ll get to learn some extra insider tips about my experience as a literary agent assistant. And finally, I’m opening a little editing service. I’ll be looking for query letters and first chapters to critique, so if you’re in the process of revising or looking to start your query process, keep an eye on the blog for more soon.
Like I said, some changes are coming. And I hope you’re as excited about them as I am! 😀