Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Writer's Blogroll

I have been mulling over the presentation of this post for a long time. As you may imagine, my bookmarks folder has been overflowing with links to writers' sites. There are so many that I have never before now organized them into a coherent arrangement. Let's just begin the link posting and clicking, shall we? I plan to release this post now with however many links I add before I get bored, and I shall add to the list periodically. Dive in!

Holt Uncensored - Patricia Holt's blog was the first one I discovered that interested me. Although she is now retired, Ms. Holt was a legitimate, traditional journalist offering a fount of information for a fledgling author, as I was back in 2000.
Buzz, Balls & Hype - M. J. Rose has been around a long time, and she is very experienced in the world of self-publishing.
How To Do It Frugally - Carolyn Howard-Johnson is one of those key pioneers in the marketing of self-published books.
The Rejecter - This person of indeterminate sex has been blogging as a slushpile administrator for a very long time.
The Writers Life - Dorothy Thompson is someone who has been around awhile in the self-publishing world.
Pub Rants - This lady is a literary agent who has a lot to say about the industry.
Publishing Basics - This blog is in the form of a monthly newsletter format for self-publishers.
1 Writeway - Marie Ann Bailey's blog for writers, about writing.
Writers Readers - This is essentually a business website, but there is a lot of useful free info, too.
Preditors & Editors - I assume that most everyone who is reading this is aware of this extensive site, but here is the link anyway.
Absolute Write - This is a huge site full of information for POD and self-published authors. Be sure to visit the forums, where the message boards are divided into groups and sub-groups.
Sales Rank Express - In case your book sales numbers are not scary enough, you can sign up for this free service and watch your book sit like a dead rock at Amazon in Japan!
Mrs. Giggles - This lady reviews POD books from her home in Malaysia. Due to her involvement in the erotic romance genre, she gets a lot of hits, but her reviews can be quite harsh. Yes, she's often meaner than I am.
Miss Snark - This currently extinct blog by a literary agent was never one of my favorites, but you may wish to read through some of the posts anyway, especially since this used to be a very popular blog.Writer Beware - I'm sure most of you are familiar with the blog of A. C. Crispin and Victoria Srauss. I recommend that you read with a grain of salt any post by an author who established her credentials writing books for Star Wars nerds and other obsessors, using famous characters created by someone else, but the posts by Ms. Strauss are informative and generally fair to POD authors.

Guide to Literary Agents - This is an editor's blog about agents. I have linked to the page concerning self-published works. You can hit the home button to read the latest post.
Books by Victoria Rose - This one is included just so you can see who Kaye Trout actually is. For $25, she will reprint the blurb from the back of your book and make a short comment about it!
Bookseller Chick - This is another blog that has never been one of my favorites, but you may want to check it out anyway.
Book Giveaway - This is a strange little site that some of you may find of interest. It's a little too goody-goody, touchy-feely for me, but you never know what you might find there.
Conversations with Writers - This blog from the UK features short interviews with writers.

Okay, I'm bored, but these first twenty links should keep you busy for a while. I haven't yet decided how I shall develop the format for this ongoing post in the future. This first group consists of sites that I thought the readers might find most interesting. When all the individual authors' blogs are included, I probably have a couple hundred more, but I'm not sure yet how far I intend to develop this blogroll. How do ya'll like the new name? I have kept the URL the same for now. I don't want to lose all the internet connections I've painstakingly built up under the iUBR banner.


Without Ribbons said...

Good to hear from you. Thanks for all these valuable links. I was beginning to get worried and was having iUBR withdrawal.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I just noticed the title change of the blog as well. I assume that it means what it says: that Wheatmark books can also be part of the reviews?

Floyd M. Orr said...

Yes, submissions from Wheatmark authors will be considered. If you have read the submissions rules, you know that only a few POD books are selected for review. We are not looking for best-selling books. We are seeking to help promote those high-quality POD books that most need our assistance: the worse the Amazon ranking, the higher the likelihood that a book will be accepted. I hope this answers your question. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

"We are seeking to help promote those high-quality POD books that most need our assistance: the worse the Amazon ranking, the higher the likelihood that a book will be accepted."

What a guy! Keep up the good work!

Floyd M. Orr said...

Can you please add my blog to your blogroll? here's the link :
thank you and wish ya all a nice day