My top writing blogs – Renee Regent

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By Renee Regent

Whether you are an indie author or traditionally published, and especially if you haven’t been published yet, you can always learn something useful by reading blogs on topics related to writing. Be it craft, marketing or keeping up with industry trends, blogs are the quickest and easiest way to learn and stay informed.♥

But how do you know which blogs are best? You could do a search on a particular topic, and wade through the thousands of posts and articles that come up. But writing time is precious, so I’ve curated a list for you of my top writing blogs, some of which I have been following for years.

When I find a blogger whose posts are informative, I subscribe to their blog so I get the posts by email. The reason I do that is so I can save the ones I want to keep for future reference. I also have a To Be Read (TBR) file where I store posts until I have time to read them. The folders are organized by topic, such as plotting, characters, marketing, legal issues, social media tips, etc. It’s great for those moments when you recall the post but not who wrote it or where you found it, saving the time it would take to search for it all over again.

I haven’t continued to follow every blog I‘ve read, but over time I have narrowed it down to a few in each category. (Note: I get no compensation from any of these blogs, this is my personal opinion based on my experience).

Here’s the list:

Craft- instructions/tips on how to write or to improve your skills

Jami Gold Award winning, multi-published Jami Gold does have a heart of gold when it comes to helping other authors. Her personal, in-depth articles dig deep into each subject. Most posts are on the craft of writing, but also reflect trends in the industry which may have an effect on what writers produce (such as genre expectations or diversity of characters). Jami’s blog has been named one of the “One Hundred Best Websites for Authors”, and the title is well-deserved. She also gives workshops and is well-known for her “beat sheets”, which help writers with plotting.

Kristen Lamb bills herself as an “Author, Blogger, and Social Media Jedi”, and she has earned those titles many times over. Her blog posts are primarily about craft, but Kristen has a knack for spotting trends that is uncanny. She has a unique way of communicating, with humility and a razor-sharp wit, and she also holds workshops and webinars. Her website was also named one of Writer’s Digest’s “101 Best Websites for Writers”.

Business- the business side of being an author

Kristine Kathryn Rusch goes by two other pen names (Kris Nelscott, Kristine Grayson) and has an impressive list of accomplishments, including being a NYTBSA and USABSA. She is knowledgeable about a multitude of subjects, but I read her blog specifically for her takes on the business side of publishing. Her website has a side menu breaking down the posts into subjects, such as publishing contracts, estate planning for authors, and general business trends. Kristine communicates in a detailed, personal style about her own experiences, providing invaluable information for authors of all levels.

Marketing- tips and trends for promoting your brand and selling more books

Nick Stephenson and Mark Dawson both have popular video series about marketing for authors, and they often work together. I have been watching their free videos, but have heard their video courses on marketing for authors are well worth the money. Mark has been focusing on Facebook Ads recently, and Nick has a course called, “Your First 10,000 Readers”. Both give real-life examples from their own experiences to back up their instruction, and deliver them in an engaging and entertaining way. I’ve already begun to use some of their tips with good result. I highly recommend checking them out if you have any interest in selling more books and engaging with your readers.
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Industry Trends- news and trends in the world of publishing, writing, and reading

Passive Voice – the owner of this blog, “Passive Guy” or P.G., as he refers to himself, is an attorney, entrepreneur, former tech executive, and writer. His daily blog posts are curated excerpts of posts and articles on trends in the industry. He seems to pick the most important and interesting posts, and I always find something useful. Links to the original posts are always included.

Book Designer (Carnival of the Indies) The Book Designer website is full of helpful information on publishing, including consulting and help with the process of self-publishing. But even if you are a traditionally published writer, it’s worth signing up for their weekly email, Carnival of the Indies. This newsletter on average contains dozens of links to current blogs, and breaks them down into topics, which makes it easy to scroll through and find ones you are interested in. If you write blog posts, you can also submit them for inclusion in the newsletter. It’s a great way to share your knowledge and gain exposure.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, as I subscribe to a few other wonderful blogs, too many to mention in one post. I hope this list helps you on your journey as a writer. There is always something new on the horizon, and a million ways to learn.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Renee Regent spent most of her life writing for business, but never lost her love of writing stories. Being an incurable romantic, she now writes stories about mismatched people who beat the odds to be together, with a surprising twist or two. Renee lives in Atlanta with her husband, three cats and four turtles. When not working or writing, she can be found sitting on her deck enjoying nature. Wine may or may not be involved…. Running in Snow, a holiday novella, is out now.

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