I've been remiss in announcing that Adrian Swift has awarded me with the Thinking Blogger Award. Thanks, Adrian! It's nice to know someone out there is reading my blog and finding something useful from time to time to boot.
Participation in the Thinking Blogger Award states:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote
So, here are my five blogs that make me think:
1.) Pub Rants, agent Kristin Nelson. Kristin Nelson is a literary agent based in the Denver area of CO. Besides for living in a beautiful area, her blog provides much useful information about what's happening in the pub'ing industry and, most importantly, she provides a lot of insight into the relationship between authors and their agents.
2.) Whatever, author John Scalzi. John Scalzi posts a lot. Most days he hits 2-3 posts easy, sometimes more. That adds up after a while. While every one of his posts doesn't engage me, he has entries of great significance (like this one) which are very informative. Thanks, John!
3.) A Newbie's Guide to Publishing, author J.A. Konrath. I've been following Joe Konrath's career from a distance since I first read about his exploits in a Writer's Digest article he wrote shortly after the first of his Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thriller novels came out. From there, I discovered his blog and web site, and it's been an informative, inspiring ride ever since. Joe has gone on to secure another book deal on top of his original 3 book deal and he's a marketing maniac, recently wrapping up a monumental 600 bookstore tour called The Rusty Nail 600. That's beyond dedication!
4.) Pat's Fantasy Hotlist. Patrick writes some nice fantasy book reviews and does an excellent job of keeping me informed about what new books are out there and what's in the pipe. Also, he holds a lot of book giveaways. I haven't won anything yet, but I keep trying!
5.) Flogging the Quill, author/editor Ray Rhamey. Ray Rhamey has an ongoing critique thing going called "Public Floggings" in which authors send in chapter one of their prospective novel for review and Ray asks the simple question, "Do I turn to page 2?" It's both informative to see other writer's openings and to peruse Ray's comments.